Ok SQL and SAS are coming in to my place of work in one form or another and I'd like to be fairly "up" on them. Whilst I don't work directly in IT it would be handy for me to have a grasp.
As background I'm fine programming in VB, C++ and some (rusty) Java. I'm awesome with Excel (not to be modest) and VBA in Excel, I'm good with Access if a little rusty and I have a good knowledge of what goes in to a linked database and how they work.
But somehow I've missed out on SQL completely, how do I get started? Is there any free software I can use to play around with at home? Once I've got a guide that tells me how to create a basic database and run a few queries I should be able to make my way from there.
Also I know next to nothing about SAS, as far as I can gather it's some sort of database profiling tool.