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SQL is the language of databases, and SQL programmers are in high demand. This week, I want to share how to learn SQL for free — and in your spare time — during quarantine. All you need to get started is access to an MYSQL database, as well as some datasets to play around with.

1. Install a Database — If you want to learn SQL, you’re going to need a SQL database. One of the easiest ways to get a database is to register for a shared hosting account. If you go to hostgator.com and enter the code “onemonthcode,″ you’ll gain access to a MYSQL database for only $0.01 (for the first month). Once you’re in the control panel (or cPanel) click the option to create a new database. Then, click on “PHPMyAdmin” for access to your MYSQL database. Watch this video on setting up shared hosting to learn more. 

2. Download a (Free) SQL Dataset — In order to learn SQL, you need a dataset. I've included a free SQL dataset (.sql file) that you can download and upload to your MYSQL database. 

Open it in Sublime Text, or any text editor, right now, and you can see! Once you’ve completed the MYSQL installation, go to your MYSQL database and click “Import” to import this .sql file.

3. Discover some great resources! My favorite SQL book is Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes by Ben Forta! They say only 10 minutes a day, but you’ll find all the knowledge you need to write SQL statements in this tiny book. One of my favorite free online resources for SQL code is W3Schools. They have some pretty great SQL quizzes you can try out too!

Once you’re ready to ramp things up and become a true SQL expert, consider signing up for my 30-day One Month Learn SQL course. During the course, you’ll learn to read, write, query, and analyze data using 20+ of the most popular SQL commands.

 

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