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You can go from SQL for Dummies to Master SQL developer in no time, if you’re dedicated and stick with it. This article is for Healthcare professionals and anyone looking to get a better understanding of databases and how they are used and manipulated. We will help you enhance your technical knowledge of SQL programming language and how is used to alter databases.

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You will be introduced to Structured Query Language (SQL), a programming language used to alter database tables, rows, and columns (similar to an excel spreadsheets with rows and columns). By the end of this article, you’ll have a basic understanding of what SQL is, the software used to start a SQL project, how long it takes to learn SQL, and educational resources to help you on your journey to becoming a master in SQL. You can go from SQL for Dummies to Master SQL developer. We’ll even teach you how to pronounce SQL, which is a huge debate around the world.

What is SQL?

SQL is the abbreviation of Structured Query Language. This programming language is used to communicate with a database and is the most commonly used programming language for relational databases. SQL is very useful in handling structured data such as data with relations or associations among entities and variables.

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How to pronounce SQL – (pronounced “ess-que-el”) – SQL logo

SQL statements are used to perform specific tasks to Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD) data within a database. Standard SQL commands can be used to accomplish almost everything that one needs to do in a database. 

Standard SQL commands include: 

SELECT  INSERT UPDATE
DELETE CREATE DROP
Standard SQL Commands

 

Some common relational database management systems that use SQL are: 

Microsoft SQL Server 

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IBM DB

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Oracle DB
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Microsoft Access

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SQLite

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MySQL

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Sysbase

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Common relational database management systems that use SQL

 

The majority of these database systems use SQL as its primary programming languages, most of them also have their own additional proprietary extensions or coding syntax that is typically only used on their system. These database management systems are essential to starting any SQL project or building a SQL data warehouse.

How Long Does it Take to Learn SQL

SQL is similar to learning a second language or learning a new sport. You must spend time learning the basics and fundamentals first, then everything else comes with practice. Becoming a master SQL developer can take years but luckily SQL is easy to understand for beginners.

Understanding exactly how long it’ll take for you to learn any given thing varies. It depends on your previous knowledge or entry level, your motivation to learn new information, dealing with other responsibilities in your life, and how quickly you can retain the information.

Of course, online you see plenty of YouTube videos with titles such as “ Learn SQL in 10 minutes ” and “Master SQL in 30 minutes” but you’ll never actually comprehend the information without actually getting your hands dirty and starting a SQL project while reading SQL for Dummies. Some people are quick learners and can absorb new information after a few days of practicing. Others may take more time, practice, and researching to comprehend and get and true understanding of SQL commands are fundamental concepts. Other factors such as patience when receiving an SQL error or the dedication to starting a SQL project and asking questions when confronted with a SQL error. These factors can go a long way in decreasing the learning curve. But overall, it will typically take you about a few weeks or months of intentional, directed effort towards learning SQL and then you can start looking for SQL jobs and entry- level SQL developer jobs.  

www.w3schools.com – is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning SQL. They have an extensive repository of learning resources teaching the basics of SQL. We recommend this be your first stop when looking for SQL learning resources and tutorials. They offer step-by-step, hands-on knowledge of how to use SQL, including how to use SQL commands, how to open SQL file, how to handle a SQL error, and how to start a SQL project. If you follow their SQL learning workflow, you’ll learn SQL in no time.

Recommended SQL Books for Beginners

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Getting Started with SQL

 

Here are 3 Tips Health IT Professional Need to Follow to Learn SQL:

1. Learn the SQL Basics

Learning the SQL’s standard commands (SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE) mentioned previously will make you somewhat fluent in the “language”. Almost 80% of SQL tasks are performed using these commands. Make sure you spend good time studying these commands. It’ll save you a lot of time in the future and drastically reduce your learning curve.

2. Get a good understanding of SQL Joins

SQL joins accounts for another 10% – 15% towards your SQL mastery. There are several types of joins that need to be applied in specific situations. Mainly joins are used to bring different database tables together to perform data analysis. Joins are especially helpful when aggerating datasets with data located in different tables, or to compare new data to existing data in the database.

 3. Start a SQL Project to Learn to Rest

The only way you’ll truly master SQL is by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty. This is your opportunity to start a SQL Project. Identify a problem you want to answer, get some data, and put what you’ve learned to work. Again this is the only way you’ll know how to how to open SQL file, troubleshoot a SQL error, and how to deal with advanced SQL queries.

 

Conclusion

By now you should know that SQL is programming language used to communicate with a database. You should also have a good understanding of what SQL is and how long takes to learn SQL. Remember, if you stay focused and immerse yourself in learning the basics, you’ll be 80% towards becoming proficient in SQL programming. Get good grasp of SQL joins and make sure you apply you know by starting your own SQL project.