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kbatuigas

If you wouldn't mind, do you have any examples of pages or learning material you've found that doesn't reach SQL in a realistic and practical way? I do some writing about SQL and I'd love to see how my content can be better.

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Chad Smith

Mostly I'm talking about courses and not really articles. As I know that in articles it's not really practical to give users a backup of a realistic database and expect them to restore it.

Though maybe like a series of articles that acts off the same realistic database. As I think the biggest issue I have with courses I know of is that they tend to just work with like 2-3 smaller tables and seem to teach the same type of queries. I just feel like people who are really sitting down to really try to learn SQL would really enjoy seeing a real world database approach. Maybe it's actually even working with some open source software's database, and showing some real world use of SQL inside of an application. That would probably help people a lot.

I'm not sure if that is entirely what you were looking for, but I think it's mostly what I would look for in like a SQL course or series.

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kbatuigas

Thank you for the response! Keeping this in mind. I personally think that for some topics it's OK (maybe even more appropriate) to use smaller tables and perhaps dummy data, but absolutely agree that real-world data sets would be ideal especially for concepts like, SELECT, or query optimization, or importing data in bulk, etc.