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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Paperback – September 29, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470179543 ISBN-10: 0470179546 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470179546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470179543
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 books in 1 — your key to SQL Server 2008 success!

Your one-stop guide to the SQL Server 2008 database management system

You already know that SQL Server 2008 is a blockbuster relational database management system. And because you want to get rolling with it right away, this book is the place to come. Here you find what's new in this version and how to build and maintain tables; retrieve, analyze, and report data; and keep your database healthy.

Discover how to:

  • Choose the right version of SQL Server

  • Install SQL Server quickly

  • Design a database and communicate with it

  • Monitor, maintain, and protect your data

  • Build solid, robust database applications

About the Author

Robert D. Schneider is a database optimization consultant who has been delivering software solutions for 15 years. Darril Gibson is a professional trainer specializing in certification and Microsoft technologies.


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After a 22 year Navy career working with computers and electronics, Darril Gibson set a goal for himself. He decided he wanted to become a full time author and write books that help others. Since then, he has authored, coauthored, or contributed to more than 30 books. One of his true joys in life is receiving emails from readers letting him know about their successes after using one of his books.

Over the years, Darril has earned multiple certifications including: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CASP, and CTT+; (ISC)2 SSCP and CISSP; Microsoft MCT (since 1999), MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS, MCDST, MCAD, MCSD, and MCDST.

Darril has written books on CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ core certifications, ISC(2) SSCP and CISSP security certifications, and multiple Microsoft certifications. He has also written a book for people just starting their careers titled "You Can Do Anything - Three Simple Steps to Success for Graduates."

He regularly blogs at blogs.GetCertifiedGetAhead.com.

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To my delight I found this book to be well written in a lucid style.
Mujahid Khan
Now, if I could just learn how to turn a DB I created into a program I'd be great.
Mel
I got the book, to add an additional layer of knowledge for sccm 2012.
jk

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mujahid Khan on April 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book from Barnes and Noble because I could not wait. To my delight I found this book to be well written in a lucid style. This book, mercifully, leaves out the BS that clutter most computer books. On the first day I was able to install the MS SQL server - beware it is not that simple! It is very easy to miss the Full Text search and the Filestream install.

I would have been lost if I had only this book to teach me SQL. However, I had some background in SQL, imparted by the Head First SQL book, and the famous Ben Forta SQL book.

I will suggest that you get your feet wet by the HeadFirst SQL book. Surely, it will be money well spent because learning SQl from this Dummy book will be difficult. SQL is a language which needs time and effort, and this book spends only a fraction of pages teaching SQL. Having said that, the fraction of pages is very well written.

Before I discovered MS SQL Server I was using MySQL programs to write queries, programs like MySQL query browser, Navicat and SQLYOG. MS Sql Server, on the other hand, was a Eureka moment, for example, among other things, the query builder is phenomenal. It will help you get results from multiple tables in a few minutes as compared to writing code (although you must know how to write SQL code for fine tuning the queries. Besides, writing SQl code is not that difficult, thanks to Head First and Ben Forta books).

The current Dummies book 'Microsoft SQl server 2008' is a breath of fresh air. Many a times it gave me insights into the SQL language which made things simpler.
IMHO, if you are a beginner, you MUST start with Head First SQL AND Ben Forta SQL books before you plunge into this book, but this book won't disappoint you, in fact you will be able to write a working DB.
All in all, a great book to have in your library - a good resource and a good friend. Highly recommended.

M Khan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jk on February 25, 2013
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I got the book, to add an additional layer of knowledge for sccm 2012. I like the easy to understand straightforward way this book deals with questions. Your not a dummy when you really read and use this book. Buy it as the first of the last book to understand sccm 2012 and you wont regret it.
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Most SQL DBA's are usually on the job , self taught. I am one of those people. This book help you fill in the holes you didn't learn simply cause you didn't need to learn. SQL has grown more and more and now has a ton of options, tools, and multiple ways to solve simple tasks. This book is also good to give to junior DBA's to help them train without taking up too much of your own time. Also good for a boss as a reference to decode what you are doing/saying. Also, has references to seldom touched topics such as Replication and Partitioning. having a job as a DBA and having a book that says "dummies" kinda stinks, but just hide it away or read at home to avoid the snarky comments.
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By Sonja Swanson on May 6, 2013
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This was exactly what I expected and wanted. I like the "Look Inside" feature it helps in my decision to buy.
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By Mel on August 8, 2012
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Since I knew nothing really about MS SQL and my job was starting to require it I felt this book would give me the ability to learn what questions to ask and it has. Makes me feel better about getting into the nuts and bolts. Now, if I could just learn how to turn a DB I created into a program I'd be great.
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I was looking for a quick reference book, and this isn't quite it, however, it has a ton of useful information when there's adequate time to look at it. I have learned a lot about the software with the help of this book.
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