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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2008
The Pro SQL Server 2008 XML book dives right into the details of XML from the first page. This book was written by a developer for developers, and the author goes to great lengths to demonstrate all the concepts presented in the book. In my opinion, this book scores highly in many areas.

The author assumes a basic knowledge of SQL, but he thoroughly explains every step of SQL Server's XML functionality along the way. The book even compares and contrasts the SQL Server implementation of XML to the W3C and ISO standards, pointing out where the SQL Server implementation differs.

However, while the book assumes this basic understanding, any developer interested in getting the most out of SQL Server's XML functions will find the book both informative and enjoyable. The author goes to great lengths to explain XML and why it's relevant in the database. This is absolutely the best reference for SQL Server XML that I've seen.

The author provides what he calls "Cross-Platform Tips" at various points to call attention to limitations of the SQL Server implementation, or areas where it differs from the standards. These types of tips, generously portioned throughout the book, are designed to keep people from wasting hours trying to figure out why the XQuery code sample they copied from the Internet (or some other source) isn't working as advertised on SQL Server. While this book is written for SQL Server 2008, much of the functionality described works with (or is similar to) SQL Server 2005 functionality (as the author points out, some notable exceptions include the added support for Geography Markup Language "GML", and the FLWOR statement "let" clause). As the book explains, the difference between SQL Server 2005 XML functionality and SQL Server 2008 XML functionality is not nearly as large as the leap was from SQL 2000 to 2005. New SQL Server 2008 features aside, this book works equally well as a reference to SQL Server 2005 XML functionality!

Another thing I like about this book is that the author builds on the code samples from one chapter to the next. There is a particularly detailed example of a hierarchical "bill of materials" that the author continually adds newly introduced functionality to over the course of a few chapters. He uses this example to demonstrate how to layer XML functionality to build an intricate application from a very basic premise. I really like the fact that this book provides examples and addresses the problems that most books go out of their way to avoid. Where many books give you a simple top-down hierarchical organization chart that's been done 100 times by 100 different people, this book gives you recursive XML Schemas. Instead of just rehashing the well-advertised SQL Server limitation that Document Type Definitions can't be used to validate your XML this book gives you working examples of code to get around the issue. The book provides many more real world examples, with some pretty intriguing ideas as well (like grabbing an XML RSS feed or searching eBay directly from SQL Server). A nice bonus: Almost all examples are designed to run directly in the AdventureWorks 2008 sample database, and all are freely downloadable from the publisher's website.

And this book doesn't just stop at the server. The author provides analysis of client-side tools including LINQ to XML, SQLXML, HTTP SOAP Endpoints, and a wide supporting cast of XML support tools - many that are provided "out of the box" with SQL Server.

This is the ultimate reference for all things XML on SQL Server 2008.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2008
I was amazed to see how well this book explain the concept of Spatial Data and all different techniques of loading and transforming XML from diverse format and systems. It shows so many examples at a very granular level. This book is a "must read" for everyone that has any interest on learning great powerful XML techniques on SQL Server 2008. It is definitely great!

Rosa Lopez
MS Information Systems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2009
Arrived in time == fact;
"as new" condition == true;
5 stars == is my take.

I found the book helpful and useful.
Let me rephrase it: I could not find a better coverage of the subject elsewhere.
I wish us to see more on the subject (XPath, XQuery) both:
- the best practices (apart from particular DB engine);
- what are the choices out there: XML native DB including.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2009
I have been reading this book on a Kindle and it works but it is not excellent. The structure of the book is good you get explanation of XML and how it works. The problem I feel I would like to have a more "concentrated" book. in this book XML XSD XSLT etc should be explained but the language in the book is as it is in many computer books a little bit to talkative. I would preffer a book that focus on SQL Servers implementation of XML and not in a half stringent way tries to explain XSD et al.

Reading in a Kindle I would like to have more links, better pictures (Kindle support for zooming in picture is not good), a more compact book where .query is explained in just one place.

I recommend the book but there are areas that can be improved.
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on February 4, 2010
This book is a fantastic resource when learning to work with XML within the SQL Server.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Don't know how good the book is - it sooooooo long to arrive that I changed jobs while waiting for it and no longer am interested in it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
Had the pleasure of hearing the author. He knows his subject well and is able to speak to it. Book arrived quickly and is very gtood.
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