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Pro SQL Server 2005 Database Design and Optimization
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The book starts with a solid introduction/refersher on basic database concepts, which brings the reader up to the required level to start thinking about issues such as normalization and data integrity -- extremely important issues if you value your data!
Past there, the book gets deep (very deep) into data modeling, including discussions of such important concepts as when to use surrogate keys, what kind of data constraints should be defined, and the increasingly important question of how best to secure your data.
The book closes with a few specialized, more advanced chapters, which I found to be especially interesting. These include a chapter on concurrency, "code-level architectural decisions" (really, best practices for writing great T-SQL), and finally a VERY useful chapter on database interoperability -- a must for those who have to make SQL Server talk to other DBMSs.
In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to be a great SQL Server database designer.
This updated version should be a staple on any database developer or administrator's bookshelf. There is a solid discussion of design, securing the database (new encryption capabilities of 2005) and much more. But these aren't the reasons why you should own this book. It is as much a "how-to" book as it is a "what-to" book. You get real advice, not just screenshots and step-by-step examples. I wish more books were written this way, as technical knowledge without a procedural "framework" is a recipe for disaster.
Do yourself a favor and make the investment. Personally I know that any custom database design course I teach from this point on will include this book as reference for my students.
Even worse are the errors that deal with actual DB design. On p. 49, the big heading near the bottom of the page is "Optional Identifying Relationship," which is impossible in DB theory (and practice). So I stared at that for a second and read the text below the heading and couldn't get it to add up. But then on the very next page there is "Note: You might be wondering why there is not an optional identifying relationship..." and he explains the reasons they can't exist. So the heading was a misprint! It was supposed to say "Optional NON-Identifying Relationship." Gah! That's a really bad misprint or really bad editing! And I've run into probably at least 10 errors like this (though not as bad) in the first 100 pages of the book. That's bad!
I really hope it's the case that I just got some really strange copy or pre-edited version (I got the book as a hand-me-down), because the content in general I like. I'm going to go buy the 2008 version and hope for the best, because I can't stand reading the whole book being skeptical and constantly looking out for errors.
If you, however, have a fairly good grasp of database design and want to have a deeper understanding of complex database designs of at least 500 tables or more, then this book leaves a lot wanting. For experts this book is not.
The best, and the most advanced chapters, were "coding for concurrency" and "table structure and indexing", which explain, in good detail, how to make a database less prone to locking contention and how to increase its performance.
As with many books on database designs, I felt many of the concepts, such as 3 normal forms, were not explained particularly well. In fairness to to the authors, it is not easy to explain the 3 normal forms in concise and easy to understand logical language.
I would recommend this book for beginners. Not so much to the mid-level database designers and above.
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Pro SQL Server 2005 Database Design and Optimization covers the reason behind optimizations and the side effects of the options given. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by Randy Friend
I'll keep it short and simple, it's worth the price. It will allow you to make the jump from Application Developer to DBA.Published on January 17, 2008 by David Kozikowski
What can I say? This book gives me exactly what I needed. I'm a self-taught DB guy and this book filled in a lot of holes in knowledge.Published on September 12, 2007 by David A. Klee Jr.