Welcome! Let’s Get Started

You're about to dive into the glorious world of databases and the language of data - SQL. Lucky you! Our working data set will be the actual data from the Cassini mission, specifically that of Enceladus, an icy moon orbiting Saturn that is confounding scientists.


Many programmers are resistant to learning SQL, which is unfortunate! Learning this simple language can help you in so, so many ways, including:

  • Sleuthing and problem solving! You'll be the go-to person when that ORM that your project is using just can't get the job done.
  • Career Security. Let's face it, the database person on any project typically has the least to worry about when it comes to keeping their jobs. It's an incredibly important position!
  • It's just plain fun. Working with data is one of the most joyful things you can do as a developer. Just ask any DBA!

I started my career as the "go-to" data person at a large environmental company. I kind of fell backwards into it, working with Microsoft Access and then SQL Server. I learned database theory on the fly and mastered SQL quickly - a language that I still use routinely.

The Code

If you haven't, please be sure to download the code from here. It's a hefty download - right around 600Mb.

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