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Microsoft SQL Server 2005: Database Essentials Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft)) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 13, 2006

ISBN-10: 0735622078

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Product Details

  • Series: Step By Step (Microsoft)
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (September 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622078
  • ASIN: B003D3OFIY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,086,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book fills an important gap in learning for new database programmers and administrators working with SQL Server 2005. Instead of merely explaining new features, the popular STEP BY STEP approach provides practical, hands-on guidance on how to use key features within specific business scenarios. Readers will master the fundamentals of database design and creation, including how to integrate solutions with applications for Microsoft Windows® and the Web. The companion CD includes data sets and sample code for all exercises.

Key Book Benefits:

• Builds a solid understanding of how to use SQL Server 2005 to create database applications.

• Provides sequential, step by step guidance for new programmers.

• Features easy-to-understand, logically planned lessons, with necessary data sets and additional code samples on the CD.

About the Author

Fernando Guerrero is cofounder and CEO of Solid Quality Learning. He is a longtime Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server and was recently appointed a Microsoft Regional Director. He has spent the last few years teaching and applying SQL Server and data access technologies all over the world, as well as speaking at conferences and summits organized by INETA, Microsoft, PASS, and other organizations. He also teaches and provides mentoring to customers worldwide. He is the coauthor of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming by Example.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
An excellent introduction to Microsoft SQL Server for the beginner. It starts with the basic concepts of what a database is and how it is used. It covers installation of SQL Server 2005 exhaustivly. It then the best description I've seen on the management tools that come with the database.

Designing a database is not difficult, but this book has a couple of chapters on how a database design needs to reflect the business needs of the organization. In essense, here is some of the background that needs to be considered before the actual work of laying out the database is done. This area is often missed in those books that are so oriented to the teckie approach.

After these sections, which take up about one third of the book, the remainder of the book is on T-SQL. This is not an exhaustive coverage, but is very well suited for the person's first introduction to SQL. For instance, the SQL IF statement is mentioned only briefly. ==The CD provided with the book that includes sample files that are developed and used throughout the book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By shawn yale on February 23, 2007
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This book is oriented towards people with absolutely no prior SQL experience. The first 3 chapters are nothing more than how to install and configure Sql 2005 server. There is a decent background on database design. Overall, its just an ok book. You can learn what this book contains just by spending a little time on the web.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Martinez on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is great for starters. The techniques the book has are all strictly by the book. I think this is one of the easiest books to understand especially in the security section. I have read other books about sql server maintenance and I did not quite understand what it was talking about when it came to security. Another good chapter about this book is the queering performance, it shows how to use the execution plan and that was a great help to me. Microsoft Press did a really good job on this book, like I said it is very easy to understand the concepts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Van Bosch on January 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
overview of all aspects but not as clear as could be, lot's of pre-knowledge about visual basic is assumed and not that clearly organized. There are a lot better books out there.
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By Briancol on April 17, 2012
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I would love to review this but have not yet received it from the States - I assume you are using Carrier Pigeon.

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By David A on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is not very well written, not very well organized, and despite being about 300 pages lacks any details. The goal of the book seems to be to simply show you some of the things you can do with sql server, but if you want to know how to actually accomplish any of those things, the book just refers you to the online msdn documentation to learn it.
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By Heather Edwards on September 13, 2014
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Great book! It taught me everything I needed for my class. I really liked how it was step by step. If I decide to go back to school ever again for anything computer related, I will be sure to check out MIcrosoft's collection again.
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