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Beginning C# 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Syed Fahad Gilani has more than 15 years of experience in computing. He sold his first program at the age of 10.

Vidya Vrat Agarwal, a Microsoft .NET purist and an MCT, MCPD, MCTS, MCSD.NET, MCAD.NET, and MCSD, works with Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ: LIOX), and his business card reads "Subject Matter Expert" (SME). He is also a lifetime member of the Computer Society of India (CSI). He started working on Microsoft .NET with its beta release. He has been involved in software development, evangelism, consultation, corporate training, and T3 programs on Microsoft .NET for various employers and corporate clients. His articles can be read at ProgrammersHeaven.com, and he also reviews .NET preparation kits, available at UCertify.com. He has contributed as technical reviewer to many books published by Apress, including Beginning VB 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional.

He lives with his beloved wife, Rupali, and lovely daughter, Vamika ("Pearly"). He believes that nothing will turn into a reality without them. He is the follower of the concept "No pain, no gain" and believes that his wife is his greatest strength. He is a bibliophile; when he is not working on technical stuff, he likes to be with his family and also likes reading spiritual and occult science books. He blogs at http://Dotnetpassion.blogspot.com. You can reach him at Vidya_mct@yahoo.com.



Jon Reid was editor for the C++ and Object Query Language components of the Object Data Management Group standard, and has co-authored several C# books.

Ranga Raghuram has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and a master's degree from Virginia Tech.

James Huddleston has worked with computers since 1974, specializing in database design and development since 1980. He has a bachelor's degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh. A technical reviewer of dozens of computer books, including Beginning C# Objects: From Concepts to Code, he finds databases an endlessly fascinating area of work and almost as intellectually rewarding as his hobby: translating Homer's Iliad and Odyssey from the original Greek.

Jacob Hammer Pedersen started programming in the early 1990s, moving gradually from Pascal to C++ to Visual Basic. In the summer of 2000, he discovered C# and has explored it happily ever since.
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Product Details

  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599006
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacob Vibe Hammer is a software architect and developer at Kamstrup, where he is helping the company develop world class Smart Grid solutions for large public utilities.

He just about started programming when he was able to spell the word 'BASIC', which, incidentally is the first programming language he ever used. Since then he has worked with numerous programming languages and solution architectures, but from the turn of the century he has worked primarily with the .Net platform. Today, his programming time is spent working with C# and WPF, and toying with NoSQL databases.

Jacob changed his last name when he married Maja in 2010 (he took her maiden name as his middle name and his former middle name became their last name) which means that Jacob Hammer Pedersen became Jacob Vibe Hammer. This confuses everybody, but there you are :-) Under the name Jacob Hammer Pedersen he has co-authored several books.

Visit Jacob at www.vibehammer.com.

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This is exactly what it says it is, beginning databases from novice to professional, although a professional will quickly skim through it and determine it's not necessary for them.

I've been doing this kind of programming since 1985, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't and can't know everything. I've spent most of the past 24 years working in obsolete languages and IDE's--if something WORKS, I'll stick with it. So I'm coming to C# a little late in the game. All I want from a book like this are quick examples of how to make a tool do what I want, and maybe a brief explanation of how something works. Once I learn syntax, it stays with me and I don't like to waste a lot of time reading things that don't apply to me.

This book is PERFECT in that regard, each chapter tells you what they're going to teach, why you would want to learn it, how to "Try it out" and finally "How it works."

If you're the kind of person who learns by doing, this is the book for you. No, it won't answer all of your questions but it will give you enough of a working knowledge of SQL Server MSE, and how to at least get started in C# with it. The main thing when you're starting out with something like this is to build some confidence and MOMENTUM, then you can start asking the right questions and looking to other reference materials for your answers.

After that, you'll probably never need to open this book again. Most people will finish it in a week or two.
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I purchased a copy of this book in order to get on the Microsoft Visual Studio platform especially the C# technology. Coming from a Java background I needed something that takes you into serious territory quicker. And this book has not failed. It addresses a serious technology is a friendly manner - crisp and clear. The instructions are clear and lead the reader into the core of database programming without assistance. If you are new to the Visual Studio platform, then splashing a fortune on this book is a good investment to make. I have recommended itBeginning C# 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional to my students and I hope it works for you too!
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I'm an experienced database programmer, and spent many years with PHP/MySQL and Oracle stuff, and this was my first Intro to the C# way of doing things. It really helped a lot.

It's definitely more oriented to the beginner, but that's what they were aiming for. Old pros will find out how it's done in the C#/.net arena and still find the book useful.

I like how it goes through some theory (even if I already know it) and then gives good examples. I feel like if I were a complete beginner that after going through this book I would have an excellent handle on the subject with this book.

Some of the bad reviews focus on the repetition and padding in the book, which it has some of that. But keep in mind that "beginning" is right in the title and this is meant as a hands on tutorial style book for beginners to learn databases.

In that regard, I feel the book does a very good job. Plus it's pretty thin and doesn't stray from it's core subject much. It's nice work.
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Solid introduction to database programming with C#. My background is generally with network hardware (CCNA/CCNP) but over the years I'm finding out I'm gravitation towards database/SQL, and my graduate school education is concentrated in the database/BI area . I tried this book after I practically went nowhere with other intro to ADO.net books. I think this book has just enough examples and material to get anyone started with database programming with C#. The adventureworks and northwinds sample database wont be an easy install, but guidelines are available on the web. I first went through Sam's Teach Yourself Visual C# 2008 in 24 Hours and also Sam's Visual Basic book which made the transition a little easier.
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If you have even the most rudimentary acquaintance with C# and SQL you'll be sorry you bought this book; it honestly doesn't go past week one of a typical beginner's class. Plenty, plenty of white space, plenty of "Here is what I'm going to say, here is what I'm saying, here is what I just said," but I for one found literally nothing that I hadn't already learned from a couple of afternoons of wrestling with my own project with occasional help from MSDN. Databases are a very big topic, with many subtleties that one doesn't want to always have to be learning the hard way, and C# has become an impressively powerful tool for managing them, but this book can't even be called an introduction to the topic. Shocking, really, and most disappointing.
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Very good
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