RE: SQL for writers?

Subject: RE: SQL for writers?
From: "Michael Collier" <mcollier -at- arlut -dot- utexas -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 16:09:17 -0600

SQL is very worthwhile. In various industries, subject matter experts who
are not especially enamored of computers often need to query databases to
get their work done. For a chemical company, I wrote some training manuals
to help users write and structure queries to extract information from
databases full of formulas. I had no background in either databases or
chemistry before doing that job.

It's fun if you like puzzles and problem-solving types of activities. At
least I thought it was fun. There's lots to learn about structuring queries
properly to get the right information out of the database. I would start
with some introductory SQL books and then move quickly on to Joe Celko's
"SQL for Smarties" to get the most out of the subject.

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Michael Collier, Technical Writer Office: N546
Information Systems Laboratory http://isl.arlut.utexas.edu/
Applied Research Laboratories: The University of Texas at Austin
Voice: 512-835-3408 e-mail: mcollier -at- arlut -dot- utexas -dot- edu
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Carol Chung" <cychung55 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
> Subject: SQL for writers?

Hi, I would like to increase my credibility for technical
> writing. I
> have a
> general interest in databases because of their practical applications. Are
> there technical writers who have benefited from learning SQL (structured
> query language, as opposed to SQL Server)? and how have they applied
> knowledge of SQL in their work?
>


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