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Beginning SQL Server 2012 for Developers (Expert's Voice SQL Server) Paperback – April 21, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1430237501 ISBN-10: 1430237503 Edition: 3rd

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  • Series: Expert's Voice SQL Server
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3 edition (April 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430237503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430237501
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Dewson has been hooked on programming ever since he bought his first computer, a Sinclair ZX80, in 1980. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and Visual Basic since version 5. Robin is a consultant mainly in the city of London, where he has been for nearly eight years. He also has been developing a rugby-related website as well as maintaining his own site at Fat-Belly.com.

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I grew up in Symington in Lanarkshire where my mum and dad had a local post office and grocers. I discovered my interest in computers through the Sinclair ZX80 whilst still at school and the interest was increased on a visit to Glasgow University where I saw a Commodore Pet in action. Thanks solely to my mother and father who trawled the papers looking for jobs and colleges, I ended up at Motherwell Technical College where I gained an SOND in Computer Data Processing.

Having studied at Motherwell Technical College as it was then named, just across the road from Fir Park football ground home of Motherwell FC, including day release at Ravesncraig Steel woorks, I then moved to two years at the Scottish College of Textiles (S.C.O.T) in Galashiels. Although a textile college this was one of the best colleges for computing due to the small class sizes and the great facilities there. At S.C.O.T I gained further COBOL experience on an IBM mainframe. This was also where I met my first real computer game, Collossus Cave! An excellent adventure that kept most of the students engrossed for months! I also met some of the best people at this college, a few who I still keep in contact with. College is a great place to move in to adult hood.

From S.C.O.T. I found my first job which was with Texas Instruments in Bedford. This is was a whole new set of thinking with working in a big organisation where you compiled your code on a mainframe in Dallas from your computer in England.

I stayed with Texas Instruments for just over a year having been under the wing of a big Brian Nicholson. I met some great people there as well but time moved on and I ended up in Hemel Hempstead with Atlas Copco and then on to Link Associates in Chesham, Bucks. A software house by trade, gave me great exposure to new programming languages and how to develop with them, as well as exposure to client Asset Management and the retail industry.

After just over 2 years it was time to break out on my own as a consultant. My first consultancy lasted just over 8 years with Save & Propser in Romford, Essex, England. Still on mainframes I used a Computer Associates product called Ideal.

During this time I started to teach myself Clipper, then on to FoxPro and FoxBase almost at the same time, using FoxPro to write a generic Fantasy game simulation and FoxBase to look after a postal football game I inherited called Sick Parrot. I soon moved on to Visual FoxPro which gave me the insight to the joys that are Object Orientated Programming. This allowed me to move jobs in to Lehman Brothers.

I soon learned the restrictedness of having the programming language along side the database language and so taught myself Visual Basic (v5) and SQL Server (6.5). Very soon after version 7 of SQL Server came along so I moved straight to there and avoid some of the problems with 6.5 solutions. I also taught myself Visual Basic 6 where I completed some work for Rohbe Inc using SQL Server 2000.

Moving from this point I have moved through ASP, SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2012, C#, Visual Basic.Net, ASP.NET, Java, Sybase and many other technologies through leaning on the job or reading and working travelling to work. And I am still learning today.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BBowman on April 6, 2013
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One of my college professors went with this book and I am very grateful. This is my second time taking this class and I have a 94% in the class, where I failed the previous class. Since I take classes online and at night (1-day a week) the quality of a book can make all the difference in the world in learning a technology. The author covers all task from both T-SQL commands and doing things with the GUI so one can get a feel for the way he/she wants to do them. The text is very detailed and easy to follow; in addition, this is not very dry at all, which says a lot for a book on an IT related subject. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to learn SQL or Microsoft SQL server.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Len on November 29, 2012
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Simple reading with lots of practise. I was able to follow and work through the examples and try solutions at work.
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