Learning SQL can be one of the greatest career decisions you can make. It’s a highly sought-after skill that will open doors for you. But more importantly, when you learn SQL you also change how you think about information. You learn how to separate data into its constituent parts and how to think about the relationships between these parts.

Doing this is one of the things that helped me boost myself into working as a software developer. I didn’t go to night class or spend any money on books or a Lynda subscription or any of that.1 There are countless highly intelligent people on the internet willing to share their knowledge and experience for free! So why not take advantage of some of these resources?

Below are the first steps to installing the tools you need to start learning, and links to free resources from best-in-the-biz websites and experts. Time to start learning.

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