So I'm creating my webpage and I found a template that I liked ... well it has a sample database. Rather than delete the references to the database, I decided I wanted to edit it and learn some SQL, for the first time, in the process. Well error message after error message. Downloading 2005 and 2008 Microsoft SQL Servers. Getting warning messages I don't understand. Following fixes to errors via Google ... well I'm giving up. No SQL database for me. Question: Those of you using SQL (Microsoft or not), how did you get started and what references brought you up to speed. Mind you, I'm stuck in the setup. I have yet to even view a database, edit one, or write some query to one. Is there anyone else out there who started trying to learn a little SQL and decided against it? Why use SQL anyway?