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Beginning T-SQL 2008 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 2009th Edition

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strongKathi Kellenberger/strong is a consultant with Linchpin People. She enjoys writing and speaking on SQL Server topics, having written over two dozen articles, contributed to four books, and presented at many SQL Server events. In her spare time, Kathi enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing and cycling.
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Product Details

  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
  • Paperback: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430224614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430224617
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Reese Watt on November 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a great introduction to T-SQL.

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.
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I didn't know what to expect from this book, even though the author states the book is for beginners as well as those with a bit of T-sql experience. I fall in the latter category, I have some T-sql experience writing the basic select statements, joins, and performing updates. However, there are some other areas such as error-handling, user-defined functions, and string manipulation that I'm not as familiar with. I've been looking for a book that explains these features in a simple manner with clear-cut examples. This book breaks down user-defined functions, error-handling, and strings in a way that is very clear, and the author also provides useful step-by-step examples along with an explanation as to why or when a certain query should be performed. After reading the section and following the syntax on user-defined functions, I clearly understand why you would want to use them and was actually able to create a UDF that extracts data from a comma delimited field.

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.
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After purchasing another "Foundational" T-SQL book and discovering that the author's communication level was beyond my understanding, I searched Amazon for several alternatives to help me quickly grow my skills while avoiding filler and wasted time. I purchased two new introductory books and found this one took me from an insecure novice to a comfortable T-SQL administrator. I also looked in bookstores and couldn't find another that came close to ease of use and speed of adapting the material into useable queries.

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.
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Beginning T-SQL 2008 is one of the best books on the market if you are just beginning to work with Microsoft SQL, or have a little bit of experience and need to learn more quickly.

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.
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I've had 3 classes in SQL, use it at work daily, and have been in the IT field since the '70's, going from mainframes to minis to pcs and learning all sorts of languages along the way. I thought this would be easy since I've survived cobol, fortran, rpg, unix, dos, html, etc. Not for me. I keep trying to do things like I did in Fortran and SQL is not that! This book doesn't talk down to you, nor does it make it so hard that you need your PhD to understand it. It moves in a progression that I find easy to use. I have a bookshelf of SQL primers, helps, and tricks, but this is the first that has truly helped me in learning and moving forward. The one book you should have in the beginning and keep on your shelf.
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