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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Bible 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

"Paul Nielsen brings his passion for SQL Server and his long years of experience with this product into every page of the SQL Server 2008 Bible."
Kalen Delaney, SQL Server MVP

Get ready for SQL Server 2008

Whether you're a database developer, DBA, or BI Developer, SQL Server 2008 promises to change the way you deliver enterprise data solutions. Open this detailed, experience-based guide for clear explanations of the concepts balanced with real-world examples and best practices gleaned from years of field and consulting experience. SQL Server is an immense product — this book is your guide to the strategies and details that matter most.

  • Master the data architecture concepts that drive database technologies

  • Write elegant set-based queries that respond well to a comprehensive indexing strategy

  • Code an efficient and robust data abstraction layer with stored procedures

  • Learn the best way to connect to SQL Server with ADO or Microsoft Access

  • Use PowerShell and Policy-based Management to better administer your servers

  • Use Analysis Services, MDX, and Excel to analyze data trends

  • Optimize performance with data compression, resource governor, and partitioning

Companion Web Site
Please visit www.sqlserverbible.com to download all the sample databases and code, watch screencasts that walk through key features, sign up for the SQL Server Bible eNewsletter, find additional SQL Server utilities and samples, and find out about the authors' seminars and speaking schedules.

  • Manage enterprise data servers with ease
  • Develop scalable and flexible databases
  • Analyze data with SQL Server's BI Suite
  • The book you need to succeed!

About the Author

Paul Nielsen is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and contributed to Microsoft's official SQL Server courses. He's a database developer and trainer, and previously wrote SQL Server Bible (Wiley) and lives in Colorado.

Author Mike White has written and contributed to a number of guidebooks for Wilderness Press, including Top Trails Lake Tahoe, Top Trails Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Backpacking California, Sierra South, Sierra North, and Backpacking Nevada.



Over 60 SQL Server MVPs contributed to this book, which was assembled and edited by Kalen Delaney and SQL Server legends Louis Davidson (Database Design and Architecture), Greg Low (Business Intelligence.), Brad McGhee (Performance Tuning and Optimization), Paul Nielson (Database Development), and Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp (Database Administration.)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1680 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470257040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470257043
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have the two previous editions (2000 and 2005).
This one is heavier than the other two - 1642 pages compared to 1293 and 890.
And the paper stock is better as well.
The tone is almost conversational in that Paul Nielsen comes up with likely scenarios to show the syntax of a command.
You can tell that a lot of his tips come from hindsight. Here's an example of a Best Practice tip found on page 263: "Use a join to pull data from two data sources that can be filtered or manipulated as a whole after the join. If the data must be manipulated prior to the join, then use a derived table subquery."

That piece of advice comes from someone who has had to tackle problems using both techniques.

And he's not afraid to tell you worst practices either. Page 547: "Any table design that requires sparse columns is a horrible design."
This is especially helpful if you're learning a new feature and want to know if it's worth the effort.

Don't think that this is an A-Z reference manual.
Chapter 53 is Mr. Nielsen's "AutoAudit", which is quite a nifty code generator to add auditing to your tables.
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SQL Server 2008 Bible is an absolute must for anyone wishing to enhance their SQL Server skills. There is information in there for everyone from a Developer being able to write more optimal queries to the Database Administrator who has much more complicated tasks to accomplish. This book took my knowledge from a very basic level as a developer to a level where I became a database answer point for many on my development team. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that wishes to enhance their SQL Server knowledge. This book is also one of the few that I always have within easy reach when working on development tasks.
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I was introduced to this huge informative book by one of my friends at work place. This is a great reference book for almost everyone starting from beginners to advanced database programmers/admins. It is very difficult to cover all aspects of SQL Server in a single book. Howver, the authr(s) have done a good job in covering almost all the features of SQL Servers. This book helps developers who want to know one and everything in SQL Server. However, certain chapers such as "Service Broker" could have been detailed out more considering that these are more advanced. I especially liked the Partitioning, LINQ, Change Data Capture. It has touched upon the Business intelligence and it could have been done better. However, as I said it is already a huge book and adding more materials would have been even more. Rather this solves the purpose to a great deal as a reference book for almost all domains DBAs and developers to jump start in SQL Server.
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This book is fantastic for beginners like myself, and has been extremely helpful with manuveuering through the Management Studio. The book is loaded with information and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about SQL Server. Thank you!
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This book it's very complete, Covers almost all features of Sql Server 2008, not in depth, but it gives a nice direction for many features. Essential for beginners and most experienced in older versions do MS SQL Server. Covers all news features with examples.
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The SQL Server 2008 Bible continues Wiley's tradition of outstandingly helpful software manuals. The only problem is that it does not include an electronic version on disk.
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This book is an incredible book, really everything that you want to know about Sql Server 2008 except the HAVING phrase. There is one mention of it but no examples. Luckily, I have another book that had some good examples of the HAVING phrase and the differences between it and the WHERE clause. Regardless of that omission, it is still a great book for both developers and admins.
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I'll keep this short - if you're looking for a strong SQL Server 2008 written by a passionate author, buy this book. It's rare IMO to find someone whose passion comes across in his writing style but that happened with this book. A true gem and I'm glad I added it to my collection.

Mark
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