SQL Antipatterns, Volume 1 (PragProg)

SQL Antipatterns is a short-cut to wisdom, showing you how to avoid "easy" solutions that don't work, and be a better database developer in any language.

Bill Karwin (@billkarwin)

edited by Jacquelyn Carter @jkcarter

SQL is the ubiquitous language for software developers working with structured data. Most developers who rely on SQL are experts in their favorite language (such as Java, Python, or Go), but they’re not experts in SQL. They often depend on antipatterns—solutions that look right but become increasingly painful to work with as you uncover their hidden costs. Learn to identify and avoid many of these common blunders. Refactor an inherited nightmare into a data model that really works. Updated for the current versions of MySQL and Python, this new edition adds a dozen brand new mini antipatterns for quick wins.

No matter which platform, framework, or language you use, the database is the foundation of your application, and the SQL database language is the standard for working with it. Antipatterns are solutions that look simple at the surface, but soon mire you down with needless work. Learn to identify these traps, and craft better solutions for the often-asked questions in this book. Avoid the mistakes that lead to poor performance and quality, and master the principles that make SQL a powerful and flexible tool for handling data and logic.

Dive deep into SQL and database design, and learn to recognize the most common missteps made by software developers in database modelling, SQL query logic, and code design of data-driven applications. See practical examples of misconceptions about SQL that can lure software projects astray. Find the greatest value in each group of data. Understand why an intersection table may be your new best friend. Store passwords securely and don’t reinvent the wheel. Handle NULL values like a pro. Defend your web applications against the security weakness of SQL injection.

Use SQL the right way—it can save you from headaches and needless work, and let your application really shine!

Bill Karwin has been a software engineer for over thirty years, developing and supporting applications, libraries, and servers, and consulting for leading technology companies. Throughout his career, Bill has shared his knowledge to help other programmers achieve success and productivity. Bill has answered thousands of questions, giving him a unique perspective on SQL mistakes that most commonly cause problems.

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So happy to see this book out in beta! Congratulations to Bill Karwin, the author. :fireworks:


Is this a new edition? I read this book before but I don’t recall it was a Volume 1, also the cover page was different as far as I remember.


Yes, it is a new edition. We have a volume II in the works as well, so the second edition became Volume One. I don’t have an ETA for volume II yet.