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Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Developer Edition

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  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
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  • ASIN: B001B8EZR4
  • Item model number: E32-00673
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,903 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Microsoft SQL Svr Developer Edtn 2008 English DVD

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier to Sit at the Big Table September 10, 2009
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Microsoft has done a clever thing with their Developer tools: they've recognized that it's more important to make it easy to put the product in the hands of someone who'll learn from it than it is to make huge sweeping profits off of every buyer. SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition provides all that a developer will need to learn and use SQL Server 2008: all that's missing here compared to the full Enterprise Edition are some of the Analytics tools and advanced features that, if you need them, you've already done all you need to do in this copy of the database, anyway (analytics is typically only critical to an Enterprise-level shop, who will most likely have full licensed server versions of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition).

As a database technology, SQL Server 2008 has come into its own, finally being feature-rich enough and capable enough to be compared to Enterprise big-guns like Oracle. Microsoft are also nudging their way into SAP/Business Objects territory, making ancillary activities like Reporting and Transformations much easier to perform. The SQL Server 2008 interface is powerful, it is surprisingly easy to use, and installation and maintenance really do seem to be a breeze. You also get useful features like the SQL Server Books Online to help you learn, integration with Visual Studio to speed up your development time, and some surprisingly simple interfaces for doing powerful transforms/ETL like the Business Intelligence Development Studio.

If you're a developer, and you found downloading and installing the free version(s) of SQL Server 2008 to not meet your needs (or in my case, be fraught with problems), you can't argue with the price. This product works well to get you fairly far towards "guru", and can help teach old Database Dogs new tricks. :) You should be advised that this product is only intended for learning and working in a development environment and should NOT be used to deploy and/or support Production data or applications.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Install December 26, 2008
By Fat Lip
I'm totally new to SQL Server. I had big time problems trying to install the old 2005 developer version that came with Visual Studio. I got SQL Server 2008 developer for Christmas along with a book called "Beginning SQL Server 2008 for Developers: From Novice To Professional" written by Robin Dewson. The book guides you through the installation process and is really easy to understand. If you have Visual Studio 2008 installed, make sure that you also have Service Pack 1 for VS installed. If you are brand new to SQL Server, I would suggest getting that book also. I would have been totally lost without it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically Enterprise with Limited Licensing May 14, 2009
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This has all the features of enterprise edition. It is the best database solution for the price to get started.

Keep in mind Oracle dev is free but it won't get you up and running as fast. Also note there is SQL 2008 R2 is out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would have appreciated a reference quide August 30, 2009
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The product SQL Server Developer Edition is excellent but it arrived in a large box containing only one DVD. I am lucky that I am an experienced user, I was able to install it without a reference guide. There is information available on the internet but a quick reference would have saved me time and energy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great option for those wanting to learn SQL Server November 2, 2009
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If you want to learn all of the SQL Server products, this is a great options. You basically get a full copy of SQL Server Enterprise for less than half a Benjamin. You can download a free 120 day trial from Microsoft but it's much better to own a copy that won't expire.

Please note that you can not use this edition of SQL Server for a production database. It's intended use is only for development and testing purposes. I'm using the software to study for the a SQL Server certification exam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Development February 5, 2010
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I bought this to get up to speed on SQL Server 2008. So far it has been a big help especially in the areas of SSAS and SSIS. Great work Microsoft, I would love to see a Sharepoint Developer Edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New 2008 SQL Server October 25, 2009
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The Developer addition is used by me almost everydaw. Works flawlessly. Super learning tool for those starting out. A+
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What does this mean? April 6, 2011
What does this mean????????

"Platform: No Operating System"

I need it to work for Windows XP Profesional

Can anyone tell me how I can figure out if this works or where I can find the software I need?

I'm very disappointed with the information Amazon is giving so I determine if this is the correct software for my system
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely satisfied with my purchase
It worked really well for us. The developer edition of SQL Server 2008 has almost all the necessary features that a developer generally requires.
Published 16 days ago by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item...
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Published 1 month ago by Lborjal
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for developers
If you're going to develop commercial-grade business software, chances are it will use Microsoft SQL Serve as the database, and this Developer Edition provides a complete set of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Conspiracy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how I make my living.
If you want to learn a product, you've got to own the product! I bought this, and learned it inside and out. Now, I've mastered it!
Published 10 months ago by Shannon Lowder
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable terms
If you're doing dev work and need the full version instead of the free Express version, I suppose the price and terms for the dev version are reasonable. Read more
Published on July 30, 2010 by MS
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
It's packaged nice. That's all I can really say. I'm using a virtual machine to do my work right now, but come end of class and if I'm not yet employed I'll install it on top of... Read more
Published on March 16, 2010 by R. N. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars easy install, up and running in short
Received the product and with little effort were able to install and start working with the developing environment.
Published on March 15, 2010 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
The purchase of this software was not a problem. However the software cause a HUGE Computer problem. This Microsoft Server IS NOT COMPATIBLE with Windows 7 O.S. Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by Lara Croft
5.0 out of 5 stars T-SQL2008 Joes 2 Pros SQL
The book is very well written, requires minimal computer background; still gives you a good understanding of database fundamentals and specific features of this particular... Read more
Published on February 17, 2010 by G. Babinskiy
5.0 out of 5 stars SQL Server 2008
I should have upgraded from the express version long ago. I've never got more from a software product for so little.
Published on February 6, 2010 by D. Garrison
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