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First Beta on Paper now available: SQL Antipatterns

January 21, 2010

As promised, our new Beta on Paper program is starting. The first title to be available is the new SQL Antipatterns: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming.

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SQL Antipatterns: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming will show you how to design and build databases, how to write better database queries, and how to integrate SQL programming with your application like an expert. You’ll also learn the best and most current technology for full-text search, how to design code that is resistant to SQL injection attacks, and other techniques for success.

Beta version B2.0 is now available in Beta on Paper or updatable eBook from

The Beta on Paper program lets you order a printed copy of the current version of a beta book. Your order heads off to our gerbils, who’ll print whatever is the current version of the book. They’ll then ship it to you just like we’d ship you any other paper book you ordered.

The Beta on Paper book is printed from the same text, figures, and markup that we use to create the beta eBooks. You’ll find the paper book has all the same content, the same markup, the same typos, comments from the author to the readers, bad page breaks, and so on. These are not the finished books—they’re a work in progress.

The Beta-on-Paper purchase is a snapshot; you’ll get a paper copy of the current version of the book, warts and all. We will not ship you updated paper books on each release. For continuous updates, you can also get the eBook. The eBook for a beta is updated during the lifetime of the beta and beyond, for the lifetime of that edition of the book. You can download fresh eBook versions anytime you like from your account on

Thanks, and we hope you enjoy it!

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Dave & Andy