Programming Informix SQL/4Gl: A Step-By-Step Approach

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9780131493940: Programming Informix SQL/4Gl: A Step-By-Step Approach

This beginner's guide to developing applications using Informix SQL and 4GL is designed for those with some programming experience, but little to moderate experience with databases and/or Informix. It serves as a comprehensive, single-source tutorial on database design, Informix SQL, and Informix 4GL--showing developers how to design, create, maintain and write applications for a database system.

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Serves as a comprehensive, single-source tutorial on database design -- showing developers how to design, create maintain, and write applications for a database system.

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Preface Conventions used in this book.

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Are you tired of wading through all those Informix manuals? This book will take you step-by-step from database design to working with Informix's implementation of SQL, and finally, to implementing programs in INFORMIX¨-4GL. Topics are discussed in the order in which you will need to know the material. There are plenty of examples. The index is comprehensive. The chapter summaries provide a useful reference. The CD-ROM included with the book includes code examples from this book, and more. The book has been revised and updated to cover the most recent Informix product features, plus a whole new chapter on the INFORMIX-4GL Interactive Debugger.

This book takes on the broad task of describing how to design and develop a database application using Informix's implementation of SQL and INFORMIX-4GL. The first chapter of the book contains an overview of relational database design. The next few chapters (2-6) show you how to create and maintain an Informix database, and explains the use of all the basic commands in Informix's implementation of SQL. Chapters 9-19 cover basic INFORMIX-4GL in an order designed to get you up and working quickly. Chapter 19 explains how to use Informix's version of SQL in INFORMIX-4GL and is followed by two chapters of advanced SQL topics. The rest of the book includes more advanced INFORMIX-4GL topics, including user defined searches, more complex screen input/output, report writing, the debugger and using INFORMIX-4GL with C.

Going through this book chapter by chapter will allow you to design, create, maintain, and write applications for your own database system. The subjects are covered in the order in which you will typically need them when building a new system. A comprehensive table of contents and index allow quick reference to specific topics. A summary at the end of each chapter provides a quick reference for all the syntax and information covered in each chapter.

Please feel free to e-mail any comments about this book to the author, Cathy Kipp (ckipp@verinet).

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