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Become a SELECT star!

SQL isn’t like most programming languages. It doesn’t run in the same order you write it! NULL acts in counterintuitive ways! What’s the difference between WHERE and HAVING again?

This zine explains SELECT queries step by step with tons of examples that will show you exactly what’s happening when you run a query. You’ll be able to easily translate your questions about your data into queries and get answers fast.

★★a SQL playground★★

When learning any new computer thing, it’s really important to be able to try things out and experiment! So this zine also comes with an interactive SQL playground with all the examples tables in the zine! You can answer all of your “hey, what would happen if I did X instead of Y in that example?” questions right away.

I want this!


  • Cover art by Deise Lino
  • Editing by Dolly Lanuza, Kamal Marhubi, and Samuel Wright
  • Copy editing by Courtney Johnson
  • Reviewers: Anton Dubrau, Danie Evans

Commonly asked questions:

what's a zine?

According to Wikipedia:

A fanzine (blend of fan and magazine or -zine) is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest.

The zines on this site are usually about 20 pages, and they’re full of short, informative, and fun comics which will quickly teach you something useful.

who are these zines for?

They’re aimed at working programmers, like me! The idea is that you’re busy, you want to know how to use some computer thing, and the man page makes your head hurt.

is the PDF version printable?

Yes! The PDF version of the zine includes special PDFs designed to be easy printable on a home printer. Print it out, staple it, fold it, read it, and then give it to a friend! It turns out it’s way easier to convince your friends to read a physical thing that is in front of them.

They all have black & white version to make sure they print well if you only have a black & white printer.

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