- Series: Exam Ref
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (January 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509304916
- ISBN-13: 978-1509304912
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exam Ref 70-762 Developing SQL Databases 1st Edition
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Louis Davidson, Microsoft MVP (Data Platform), Senior Data Architect for CBN. Over 20 years of experience with SQL Server as an architect, developer, and writer. He tweets as @drsql.
Stacia Varga, Microsoft MVP (Data Platform) is a consultant, educator, mentor, and author specializing in data solutions since 1999. She provides consulting and custom education services through her company, Data Inspirations, and writes about her experiences with data at blog.datainspirations.com, and tweets as @_StaciaV_.
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1. It doesn't appear to cover the new material such as temporal tables, which will likely be prominent on the exam.
2. Most of the pages include "Click here to review code image" which just sends you to a link at the far end of the book with a picture of the code shown directly below. Once you click on the link I hope you know where you came from, because there is no easy way to get back to where you were.
3. Appears hastily thrown together. Puts the onus on the reader to figure out what is likely or unlikely on the exam.
4. If you keep track of your pages, the page shown at the bottom does not correspond to where it takes you when you use the "Go to Page" menu item. This is an amazon feature, and so amazon may be to blame here, but at any rate no attempt was made between the author and the kindle book to keep things accurate.
5. No PDF version. No practice exam. No material that is not available on BOL. Just a book full of advice. Skip it.
Finished reading first chapter. It's frustration. Author tries to put all in one chapter and swimming between normalization (poor explanation) and snowflake design (better even no include it at all) and indexing strategy. It's incredible tough to understand for beginners what's going in DB development world !
Book has many references to external sources. And it's only 380 pages !
For comparison best (! do not afraid direct comparison! ) book so far is 70-461 (Itzik Ben-Gan) has 750 pages and brilliant explanation of material.
Even 70-433 has 500 pages. Seems the more features we have the less pages required...
I personally have filling that buying training kit 70-461 + taking external references from 70-761 is the best way for preparation.
Also one things which inconvenient. Book shipped without e-file (pdf or etc). They started selling it separately.
I started to type the names of the book's proofreader, copy editor and technical editor, but decided to give them a break. Hopefully, they have other marketable skills. This book is not nearly as good as some earlier exam prep texts from Microsoft Press.
I'll update this review when I get further into the book. While it may be a useful primer for this cert exam, I'll pitch it after passing the exam. I would *not* recommend it as a learning tool for beginners! Far better to purchase any of Itzik Ben-Gan's books, which are excellent both in their exposition, editing and technical content.
My own background is over 20 years developing with SQL Server, 10 years as a cert exam instructor, and a number of SQL Server certs.
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