Re: consolidation of multiple rows

From: Kees Nuyt <>
Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2008 12:51:57 +0100
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On Sat, 8 Mar 2008 07:18:40 -0000, "Tony Rogerson" <> wrote:

>"Kees Nuyt" <> wrote in message
>> Joe Celko's books are interesting, but they deserve a
>> better editor.
>They deserve a bin more like.
>And as to the content being his originally, why do you think he hangs out in
>the news groups so much?

Yes, he bundles solutions from a lot of other people, and compares their pros and cons.
That saves me a lot of time and effort of digging in archives. Much in the same way a historian can spend several years in archives and present the results in a concise way I can digest in a few days or weeks. That deserves some credit.

>At least in one of the google PDF sample chapters (I won't waste money) he
>credits a number of folk - suprisingly they are all on the SQL Server

Of course I can't be sure he always credits the authors of all solutions, but there are lots of credits in the books I read.
Not all solutions are ideal, there's more than one road to Rome. But the discussion helps me to choose or discard the ones that wouldn't work for me and find a better approach.

The texts are sloppy sometimes. E.g. he more than once cuts and pastes one example to another and forgets to apply the required adjustments. In that respect books from other authors are often better.

 (  Kees
c[_] Help beautify our dumps. Throw away something pretty.  (#169)
Received on Sat Mar 08 2008 - 05:51:57 CST

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