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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the best things I like about the book is that it contains Vinod & Pinal's trademark simple, flowing language. For engineers already having practical, hands-on experience on SQL Server, this book is a refresher course on the basics. For students, the questions in this book offer a great way to revise things.

Although the name contains the word "Interview", this book is much more than just an interview questions guide. As you start reading the book, what you realize immediately is that this small package covers almost everything under the SQL Server umbrella, and caters to multiple audiences of multiple proficiency levels. The book is a ready-reckoner for every SQL Server developer & administrator. When reading the book, I found myself thinking about a concept that I hadn't touched in a while, or which I was not sure about. In such cases, I went over to the reference links at the end of such questions that are available where one can go to for additional information.

With real world questions and practical answers, this is one book you simply cannot afford to miss. Gift yourself a copy today.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Though SQL server is an huge ocean - this book does justice to touch-base on every different aspect of the product. Starting from the basic concepts and then discussing Tricky questions, authors Pinal Dave and Vinod Kumar lucidly explains each aspect in a Question Answer Format.

Personally, i liked the Tricky question section because it made me think about the topic at hand. And i believe, this exercise of thinking on my feet after reading the question will help me tackle questions during interviews that require quick thinking. And for questions which i knew, i learned the perfect way of answering them.

And every chapter, ends with a summary (called points to ponder) which is an excellent place to reflect upon and test one's knowledge. And even if you are not planning to go for interview's in near future - this book is a handy reference for all FAQ's you may have on a day-to-day basis.

Perfect for any who is a SQL server Database Developer or a SQL server DBA or planning to be one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I did not buy this from Amazon instead of Ebay. But I have to say this is the BEST SQL Server Technical interview book which you should absolutely not miss.

The author gave most of the content for free on his blog site but it is so good and I still bought the whole book. I am very satisfied.
Very high quality book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This Book is for everyone not only for fresher or less experienced,it is really helpful to every one who love to work with sql server.
Easy to Advanced question is nicely Covered and in the end of most of answer link is provided if you want to read more in Detail.
I like to say thanks Vinod Kumar and Pinal Dave for giving such a nice collection which i was searching for many years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is really a gift to a guy who is at struggling to get through interview. It has many thing to say about the SQL Server adn its Architect. It will spark your thoughts to go for more and thats what you need when you are at this stage. I would recommend to the interview goers to have atleast a glance to this.
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on February 10, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
For those who are bashing this book for its lack of depth - READ THE TITLE! This is not intended as a far-reaching analysis of the SQL Server Engine or a how-to on become a more adept SQL Ninja. The purpose of this book is to prepare you for common questions that come up in job interviews for SQL Developers, Admins, Analysts and Report masters. It does exactly what it sets out to - I know, because it was a significant component to me landing the offer of my dreams.

Regardless of how much you work with SQL Server there are numerous little details that either get forgotten or may not have been acquired in the first place. Pinal and Vimod address a pretty comprehensive list of questions with brief yet thoroughly accurate responses that will increase a candidate's confidence when it comes to the in-depth challenges of a technical interview. In my case, for instance, being able to say that a TRUNCATE command is "minimally logged" as opposed to "unlogged" (a common misconception) separated me from the pack - a detail that was clarified directly from the book.

This book won't make up for any lack of whiteboard skills (such as writing out queries or designing schemas). You still will have to show your stuff on your own there. I was amazed, however, at the sheer number of questions that came directly out of the book. I knew the gist of the answers for the most part on my own, but Pinal and Vimod helped form my responses in a coherent, confident way. If you are serious about preparation for a career in SQL Server, this book should be an arrow in your quiver.
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on June 3, 2014
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This is a great book for both a beginner as well as an expert. For beginner it will help to know the various topics available where more learning is possible. For an advanced and an expert on SQL Server it will provide the touch point to review the vast knowledge base of SQL Server.
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on March 19, 2014
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This is great compendium for those who:
- are preapring for job interview
- are trying to solve some everyday db problems
- are searching for some tricky methods
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on October 6, 2012
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Very well planned book and very well written. The goal of instruction is fully met. I higly recommend all this book as well as all the other titles for this subject by this author.
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on October 4, 2014
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I've utilized the author's website for many years to help me with sql programming issues. His book helped me prepare for an interview and also understand some concepts. Nice to have everything in one spot.
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