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Want to Learn and Improve Your

SQL and Database Skills?

  • You're interested in improving your database and SQL skills...
  • You want to be better at your job...
  • But you don't have time to watch countless YouTube videos or read books

Hi, I'm Ben. I've been working with SQL and databases for 15 years

and I'm passionate about effective databases

You want to learn SQL and database skills, but...

  • You don’t have time to watch countless hard-to-follow YouTube videos or read lots of blog posts that only show part of a concept.
  • You find it hard working with messy or hard-to-understand queries.
  • It’s hard to find the right solution to get the result you want from your query
  • You don’t know what SQL features exist that could help you write your queries
  • You’ve got a slow query and don’t know how to improve it
  • You know the concepts but want to put your knowledge to the test
  • You don’t know how to get set up with a database and get started

Does this sound familiar?

You've tried to learn SQL with some videos you found on YouTube.

You found some videos that looked promising...

... but one goes for 5 hours and spends way too much time with unnecessary "fluff"

... another video has poor audio and you can't understand it

.. and another video is so old that the software doesn't work in the same way anymore


Before you know it, you've spent days looking for just the right set of videos to help you learn SQL... but with no luck.

Or maybe..

Maybe you've tried learning by reading some blog posts...

... but the posts were full of ads, or weren't that helpful with getting you to write SQL.


Maybe you've taken some SQL or databases classes at school, college, or university...

... but the material is hard to follow and the teacher doesn't really show you what you need to know.


Maybe you've tried an online learning platform like Udemy or Pluralsight...

... but it only has the basics of databases becauses it focuses on web development overall

... but, like YouTube, you haven't found the right course

There are many ways to learn and improve SQL and databases, but they rely on you doing the research and they don't make the most of your time.

Wouldn't It Be Great If...

  • There were video courses that were up-to-date, easy to follow, and had no ads.
  • There were high-quality written and video lessons to teach you SQL and databases from start to finish
  • The material focused on database development and SQL, from the very start to the advanced stuff, for many of the popular database vendors (not just a basic MySQL app for a web dev tutorial)
  • You had a place to ask specific questions and get answers on the problems you're facing

There Is a Better Way...

There is a better way to learn SQL and databases.

Whether you're brand new to SQL, or have some experience.

There is a solution that is focused on databases, not as a small part of an overall software development course.

This solution would help you in your SQL learning journey.

Introducing...

Database Star Academy

The online training platform for software developers who want to improve their database development and SQL skills.

  1. 1
    High-quality short and focused video courses so you can make the most of your time
  2. 2
    Projects and practice questions to help you practice what you've learned and improve faster
  3. 3
    Exclusively focused on SQL and database development
  4. 4
    Community for questions, answers, and assistance.

What People Are Saying About the Academy

“His explanations are so clear”

"Ben has simplified sub-queries for me, regex, and many other topics. I feel slow when reading a lot of explanations off the internet, but his explanations are so clear, they make these topics easy to understand.

The "SQL Interview Questions & Answers", which I nearly didn't read, was full of answers I had on how to use CTE, DBMS-Output, temp tables. And then I put them all in a folder that are easy to refer back to.

On top if it all, I don't have to sift through a 10 minute you tube to find the 10 seconds of information I'm looking for. I also get emails from Database Star on topics I didn't even knew I had questions on - like how to manage your time, and book recommendations like "Clean Code" by Robert C. Martin."

Nancy T
- Database Star Academy member

"Videos are simple, informative, and easy to understand"

"I think I am one of the guys who joined you almost from the beginning of the launch of your academy (correct me if I am wrong). And, this is the first time in my IT career I have ever subscribed to any site such as yours.


After being with you for some time, I now feel that I have not made any mistake by subscribing to your site. I have learnt a lot by following your site which cannot be described in words. Examples given after each topic are very useful. The videos are simple, informative and easy to understand. There is also a lot of general content which is very useful in developing the subject.


I am extremely grateful to you for that. I am also happy to see you coming up with different flavors of SQL (SQL Server, MySQL & PostgreSQL). It would be easy for a person to refer to one single site for everything. In fact, I am looking forward to detailed stuff related to Oracle DBA and other related topics. Hope, it is on the way."

Korlahalli S
- Database Star Academy member

"Progression is well designed"

"The brevity of lessons are more manageable and the progression is well designed."

Merri H
- Database Star Academy member

Enrol in Database Star Academy

Monthly membership

$19

/month

The membership includes:

  • 30+ high-quality and focused video courses
  • 40 practice exercises
  • Members community for questions, answers, and assistance
  • 2 projects (larger practical tasks)
  • Courses and content for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL
  • Quizzes, text versions, and PDFs available on many courses
  • 5 sample data sets for you to practice with + questions to answer using the data
  • Certificate of Completion for finishing any course
  • Immediate access to all content
  • SQL scripts for courses to download
  • Timesaver guides for SSMS, MySQL Workbench, and SQL Developer
  • PDF checklists, flowcharts, cheat sheets

yearly membership

$190

/year

The membership includes:

  • 30+ high-quality and focused video courses
  • 40 practice exercises
  • Members community for questions, answers, and assistance
  • 2 projects (larger practical tasks)
  • Courses and content for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL
  • Quizzes, text versions, and PDFs available on many courses
  • 5 sample data sets for you to practice with + questions to answer using the data
  • Certificate of Completion for finishing any course
  • Immediate access to all content
  • SQL scripts for courses to download
  • Timesaver guides for SSMS, MySQL Workbench, and SQL Developer
  • PDF checklists, flowcharts, cheat sheets

All prices in USD.

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

The Database Star Academy comes with my no-questions-asked, 30-day money-back guarantee.


You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your membership, then let me know within the first 30 days of purchasing, and I will provide you with a full and prompt refund.


I'm confident that you'll get some value for your membership within the first 30 days!

More Stories from Real Members

"Good breakdown by difficulties"

"A large content, well structured. High quality video and sound. Good breakdown of difficulties by a succession of videos."

Santiano
- Database Star Academy member

"You are responsive and you are listening!"

"Before I bought the course I mailed you with few questions. AND YOU ANSWERED. Trust me, this is a rare thing...with you answering, I knew you are not a bot.
Your courses are short and full of practical knowledge + you are responsive and you are listening!"

Michal Z
- Database Star Academy member

"Everything is in one place"

Your explanations are so clear and concise that you don’t need to go on and on and on as I have heard others do.


I do like that everything is in one place and I’m not trying to go to five or six different courses or YouTube videos for one topic."

Donna M
- Database Star Academy member

"The finest, most lucid, considerate learning source that I have ever experienced"

"I have been in the IT industry now, for over 40 years. In the late 1990's, I begin to gravitate specifically to Oracle products. In my pursuits of capturing a reliable and coherent source for specific Oracle based knowledge, I have kissed a many frogs.

I say this loud and without anyone persuading me, that Database Star is the finest, most lucid, considerate learning source that I have ever experienced. The gentleman who produces their products (Ben Brumm), actually listens to your input.

He is personable, bright, responsive and provides extremely helpful materials that deal with real world scenarios. I have several people that I peronally mentor and I always refer them to Database Star."

Michael I
- Database Star Academy member

"It's a great tool"

"I have gotten a great many new ideas and have done refresher type reviews on many subject presented in the course of a year.
Its a great tool, and gives me the opportunity to see how other do the things I do."

James W
- Database Star Academy member

"Great place to start"

"If somebody want to learn PostgreSQL DB from the "ground" that is the great place to start."

Sandor V
- Database Star Academy member

"Well organised and easy to understand"

"I highly recommend Database Star for those who want to make their future career in data analytics or related fields to learn the basic concepts and foundations.

The curriculum is well organized and easy to understand. I found Database Star while I was searching documents to improve my database and SQL skills. Ben used to send me different links and resources even before I became a member of Database Star."

Abebe T
- Database Star Academy member

"Every penny spent on Database Star Academy membership is a good investment"

"Can't go wrong with a Database Star Academy membership - excellent resource for all things to do with databases - all the big vendors are covered e.g. Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, MySQL.

Database Star Academy covers everything from database-creation i.e. normalization and modelling through to data warehousing. I've used as much as I have time for so far, and really enjoy that I can refresh existing skills and learn-up new skills in my career with databases.

The section on different IDE's is also very useful - gets you up and running very quickly with the most popular tools for interacting with the databases mentioned above.

There's so much to learn about databases and so many applications for databases that its a constantly-growing area - I feel that every penny spent on Database Star Academy membership is a good investment as I continue learning & growing in my career as a Database Developer. Thanks Ben!"

Yehoshua H
- Database Star Academy member

“Very unique and valuable"

"As a learner who has tried several different online courses, I believe the insight you get from the course series in Database Star Academy is very unique and valuable. The nice organization of courses into several categories helps a learner with any level of database knowledge to quickly find the material most appropriate for them.

I highly recommend the Database Star Academy courses. The potential knowledge you can quickly get from these courses and apply them to your projects is not comparable to other courses online."

Mohammad R
- Database Star Academy member
Ben Brumm

Creator of Database Star Academy

About Me

I've been working with databases and SQL for many years, after completing my computer science degree in 2007, majoring in Oracle databases. I've been a software consultant ever since. I've also obtained the Oracle SQL Expert certification.


I created this membership to teach SQL and database skills to many people. I want you to be able to improve your knowledge and skills with SQL and databases - not just Oracle but many other vendors of SQL.

Here Are The Courses You Get Inside the Academy...

Introduction to SQL

12 videos, 73 minutes

Learn the basics of SQL by installing the database software and creating your first table.

Create a Second Table

15 videos, 56 minutes

Learn how to create a second table and the concept of joins.

Improve Your Queries and Data

11 videos, 46 minutes

Learn how to improve the quality of your queries and data with several SQL features.

Select Mastery Level 1

12 videos, 44 minutes

Use the sample database to write Select queries to analyse data and learn about grouping and functions.

Select Mastery Level 2

9 videos, 26 minutes

Learn more about the Select query such as subqueries and views.

Select Mastery Level 3

9 videos, 30 minutes

Learn how to use row limiting, more subqueries, and functions

Bulk Insert

10 videos, 37 minutes

Learn how to insert many rows at once using a variety of techniques, the Truncate statement, and auto-increment features.

Soft Delete

9 videos, 29 minutes

Learn what a soft delete is, why you would use it, and how to implement it.

Sample CSV to Normalised Database

13 videos, 58 minutes

Learn how to import some CSV files into a database and transform the design and tables into a better, normalised design.

Effective Database Design

16 videos, 63 minutes

Learn how to design an effective and efficient database and convert it to an SQL script to create the tables.

Advanced Database Modeling

21 videos, 84 minutes

Learn a range of advanced tips and strategies for modeling different scenarios, and overcoming common issues found when designing databases.

Case Study: Database Design 1

13 videos, 42 minutes

A case study that shows you how to design a database for a social media website.

Oracle PL/SQL Level 1

9 videos, 39 minutes

Learn the basics of Oracle's procedural language (PL/SQL) by writing a simple Hello World program, using variables, conditions, and loops.

Oracle PL/SQL Level 2

8 videos, 32 minutes

Learn how to create procedures and functions, and how to work with exceptions.

Oracle PL/SQL Level 3

9 videos, 28 minutes

Learn how to use Select, Insert, Update, and Delete statements in PL/SQL, and learn about cursors.

Oracle Triggers

24 videos, 93 minutes

Learn what a trigger is, why to use one, and includes many examples.

Views in SQL Server

12 videos, 36 minutes

Learn what views are in SQL Server and how to work with them.

Stored Procedures in SQL Server

21 videos, 75 minutes

Learn all about stored procedures in SQL Server: what they are, why to use them, and how to create them

CTEs in SQL Server

12 videos, 34 minutes

Learn about CTEs (Common Table Expressions) and how to use them in SQL Server to improve your queries.

Introduction to Data Warehousing

25 videos, 144 minutes

Learn what data warehousing and ETL is, and shows you how to create and populate a data warehouse.

Write Faster SQL

25 videos, 128 minutes

Learn how to find slow areas and queries and how to improve your SQL performance with a range of strategies

Understanding Complex Queries

17 videos, 69 minutes

Learn a step-by-step process to understand complex SQL queries, and several tips on how to improve readability and formatting of the query to make it easier to understand.

Case Study: Show a Page of Records

9 videos, 40 minutes

A case study to write a query, using techniques such as pagination, row limiting, subqueries, grouping, and string aggregation

Complex Queries 1: Sales Report

11 videos, 38 minutes

This course will show you step-by-step how to write a complex query. We’ll use several SQL features (advanced grouping, aggregate functions, subqueries) to write a sales report on a book database.

Complex Queries 2: Shipping Report

13 videos, 41 minutes

Learn about several SQL features to help build a report on shipping destinations for online orders, including grouping, window functions, and analysing data.

Certification: Oracle Certified Associate (1Z0-071)

55 videos, 298 minutes

A study guide and practice exam for the Oracle SQL Certified Associate (1Z0-071) exam).

SQL Developer Jumpstart

25 videos, 150 minutes

Get started quickly with Oracle SQL Developer.

Introduction to SQL*Plus

18 videos, 55 minutes

Learn the basics of SQL*Plus, Oracle's command-line tool for working with Oracle databases.

Introduction to Toad for Oracle

61 videos, 148 minutes

Learn how to get started with Toad for Oracle and a demonstration of many of its features.

Master Subqueries

14 videos, 73 minutes

Learn what a subquery is, some simple subqueries, and more complex subqueries.

Create a Bank Database

8 videos, 46 minutes

Learn about the concepts of transactions, auto incrementing, and check constraints.

Why Join Database Star Academy?

  • Make the most of your learning time with short, focused courses - no fluff or timewasting
  • Learn from someone with experience and passion with databases and SQL
  • Get access to a community of other Academy members where you can ask questions, answer questions, and get assistance with your SQL and database journey
  • Track your progress with lesson and course completion saved to your account
  • Easily cancel online whenever you like - no need for a phone call or to pay additional fees
  • Follow along with courses with access to the SQL scripts used in each course
  • Save time within your SQL editor so you spend less time fiddling with the tool and more time solving real business problems with your queries
  • Demonstrate your completion of a course with Course Completion Certificates
  • Get better with your skills by taking practice exercises and projects
  • Get started easily with step-by-step instructions to set up the database and create a simple table.
  • Apply the concepts to the database you’re working on with courses that apply to Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Here's What You Get Inside the

Database Star Academy:

  • 30+ high-quality and focused video courses
  • 40 practice exercises
  • 2 projects to practice your skills
  • 5 sample data sets for you to practice with + questions to answer using the data
  • Certificate of Completion for finishing any course
  • Immediate access to all content
  • Courses and content for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL
  • Quizzes, text versions, and PDFs available on many courses
  • Members community for questions, answers, and assistance
  • SQL scripts for courses to download
  • Timesaver guides for SSMS, MySQL Workbench, and SQL Developer
  • PDF checklists, flowcharts, cheat sheets

Join Today

Monthly membership

$19

/month

Many Benefits, Including:

  • Immediate access to all content
  • Easily cancel online
  • Learn and practice your SQL and database skills

yearly membership

$190

/year

Many benefits, including:

  • Immediate access to all content
  • Easily cancel online
  • Learn and practice your SQL and database skills

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

The Database Star Academy comes with my no-questions-asked, 30-day money-back guarantee.


You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your membership, then let me know within the first 30 days of purchasing, and I will provide you with a full and prompt refund.


I'm confident that you'll get some value for your membership within the first 30 days!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join the Academy?

Can I cancel my membership?

Are the courses available in written text form as well?

What happens after I buy?

Can I sign up, download all the material, then cancel?


The Database Star Academy is what I'm most proud of on my website. I truly enjoy helping and teaching others to improve their skills and solve problems.

If you're interested in learning and improving your SQL and database skills, I encourage you to enrol in Database Star Academy today.

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