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SQL, Server & Education



Jul 16, 2001, 5:57 AM

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SQL, Server & Education Can't Post

Hi all,

I would like to learn about databases and sql.

Can anyone recommend a good value for money virtual server provider that I could use for this?

Secondly, can anyone recommend a website or book that would teach me about sql and databases and how perl interacts with same. Does one need MS Access for the database? As you can see, I need the ladybird guide to all of this! As a part-time programmer, am I taking on too much?

Finally, any thoughts on structuring a database where:
a) the database contains thousands of books;
b) the books are sold in thousands of shops at different prices.
What is the most efficient way to structure the tables?

Thanks for your help once again.



Jul 16, 2001, 9:09 AM

Post #2 of 2 (728 views)
Re: SQL, Server & Education [In reply to] Can't Post

If you're on unix (or linux), there are many excellent database servers: MySQL and PostgreSQL are two freely (GPL) available servers. I know MySQL comes with an excellent reference that you can print and read. A&W published a book about Postgres and several chapters are available from their website. The DBI interface is both powerful and easy to learn and the documentation will get you started using databases from perl.
If you're on MS Windows, then I don't know since it's been years since I did anything on Windows.

Hope this helps,,,



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