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Each topic is explained clearly, with multiple examples. Rather than use just one example to illustrate a point, the author typically uses at least three. This gives the reader multiple perspectives on the topic and clarifies the issue.
The book starts with the basics and builds from there. Even though I have much experience with T-SQL, I learned several points in areas that I thought I already knew.
This isn't an in-depth treatment of how to build complex SQL queries, but it doesn't claim to be. It does a good job of doing what it claims to do: quickly moving a T-SQL user beyond beginner status.
For the beginner, this book starts at a basic level that allows them to easily follow while those at an intermediate level can go to the sections they want to learn and start at a pace that's not too advanced. I recommend this book for both the beginner and the intermediate t-sql programmer.
If you are new to T-SQL this is the book for you. If you're a seasoned T-SQL admin, this book is sure to help you speed up complex query creation. This is by far the best value of all the T-SQL books I've seen to date.
Each chapter of the book introduces a new subject, and builds upon topics covered in previous chapters. The author of the book, Kathi Kellenberger understands that you need to form a solid foundation of knowledge before moving on to new topics, and sets up each subject nicely. Because the chapters move in an orderly progression, you continue to use skills you learned earlier.
One of the best features of Beginning T-SQL 2008 is that each chapter has multiple examples and exercises. Many books introduce a topic and then never go back to it. This book gives enough examples that you will be familiar with the subject when you come across it in real life. The exercises at the end of the chapter mean that you will be using the skills you learned - and there is no better way to cement a subject in your brain.
The book also includes discussions of the common errors that programmers will come across, how to avoid them, and how to fix them if they happen. Ms. Kellenberger understands that not only do mistakes happen, but they are bound to happen if you aren't trained properly. Mistakes are part of the learning process!
The book begins by discussions relational theory, so that programmers will understand the way T-SQL works from the ground up. It also walks readers through writing accurate queries, combining set-based and procedural processing, embedding logic in stored functions, and so much more.
Overall, the main goal of Beginning T-SQL 2008 is to introduce novices to SQL programming, and quickly familiarize them with the basics of running the program.Read more ›
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Good book with reasonable price. I bought it for my college work. I has everything I need to start learning SQLPublished on September 20, 2013 by Hien Le
The book is very easy to follow. Good examples and the author does a great job explaining the material.A must buy for all.Published on March 25, 2013 by webworks
This was the required text for the first SQL class, and only SQL class, I have taken. There is too much missing from the text for it to be useful to someone like me. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Ntropi
This book is really great. I signed up for a course in T-SQL and found that I was better off following the book instead. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Seth Breedlove
A reasonable introductory text marred by numerous typographical and grammatical errors along with poor page formatting, resulting in an overall negative reader experience.Published on December 3, 2010 by larry
The book is excellent. I needed to have a basic understanding of T-SQL,
specially coming from SQL Plus background.This kind of book I was looking. Read more