Category: Books

October 19

Today I got an e-mail from Juliette Nuijten (Natural Join B.V.) alerting me that Toon Koppelaars will present on 29 November 2007, a mini seminar in Amstelveen Toon Koppelaars, Lex de Haan: Applied Mathematics for Database Professionals (The Netherlands), based on his and Lex de Haan‘s book: Applied Mathematics for Database Professionals.

Unlucky enough, I will not be able to attend and I am sure this will be an very interesting mini seminar.

This is not only because Toon is a very gifted and inspiring speaker, but also because the seminar will present a very useful practical methods and theories applicable to us relational practitioners. The content of this seminar, which can also be found on the website of Ivan Pellegrin ( that organized this event, will have the following sections:

June 21

I just got a small e-mail from Laurent Schneider. He started a bold quest in writing a book about SQL programming called “Advanced Oracle SQL Programming“. I had the pleasure to meet Laurent, up in person, during my visit to Oracle Open World in San Francisco (2006).

He has a brilliant mind and likes, amongst challenging Chinese people into a chess game, to juggle with SQL puzzles and problems, and can be very creative like the examples he demonstrated with the XMLDB functions and regular expressions (see here). Advanced Oracle SQL Programming - Laurent Schneider

Despite the fact that he admitted that it won’t have examples like those of my collegaes Anton (“Solving a Sudoku with 1 SQL-statement: the Model-clause”) or Lucas (“Pie Charts in SQL – how pathetic can you get?”), regarding Sudoku puzzles and pie charts, I can’t believe this book won’t be mandatory lecture for all of us who needs to program with (and want to excel in) SQL (…and all us mere mortals who want to catch up…)

The content is described as:…