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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 1st Edition

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About the Author

Ross Mistry is a best-selling author, community champion and seasoned architect. He has a tremendous amount of experience designing and deploying technology solutions for internet startups and Fortune 100 organizations located in the Silicon Valley. He is known in the world-wide community for his expertise in SQL Server, Windows, Exchange, Virtualization and Private Cloud. Ross frequently speaks at technology conferences around the world and has published many books, whitepapers, and magazine articles. His recent books include; Introducing SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed, and SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration. Ross is currently a Principal Enterprise Architect with Microsoft working out of the Microsoft Technology Center in Silicon Valley.

Stacia Misner is the founder of Data Inspirations (www.datainspirations.com), which delivers global business intelligence (BI) consulting and education services. As a consultant, educator, mentor, and author specializing in business intelligence and performance management solutions that use Microsoft technologies, she has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and has focused exclusively on Microsoft BI technologies since 2000. She is the author of multiple books related to Microsoft SQL Server®, and most recently coauthored "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" and "Building Integrated Business Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010." Stacia is also a Microsoft Certified IT Professional-BI and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist-BI. She currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, Gerry, where you can contact her via e-mail at smisner@datainspirations.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (April 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073566515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735665156
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on June 11, 2012
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This is a nice overview talking about the basics of SQL Server 2012 from the DBA side of things and services like Reporting Services and the like. It's a short book that is aimed at DBA or people looking to learn the nuances of the new version. This is NOT an overview of programming for SQL Server 2012 so make sure the right audience is picking this book up.

**** RECOMMENDED
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This is an excellent tome for all the new goodies included in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

SQL Server 2012 included many new features, all of which are covered in this book. Data Quality Services (DQS), Column Store Indexes, the new tabular SSAS model, and semantic search, to name just a few.

In addition the enhancements are also covered, such as to the engine and security. But it also hits on other areas, such as MDS (Master Data Services), SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) and SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services).

Best of all, it's a good read. Not the boring drudgery you find in many computer books, the writing is lively and personal.
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Who enjoys reading technical material, especially when they are exposed to a particular topic for the first time? I don't even care much for instructions that come with purchases. They are written from the perspective of a technical person. As a first time user, it can be frustrating to understand technical details. Usually, I just glance at instructions and toss them.

I needed the book for a college database management class and was pleasantly surprised. It is clearly written and includes easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

There was not an ounce of frustration. I actually thoroughly enjoyed the book. Most importantly, I was able to retain the majority of the material and could apply my knowledge at work right away.

After I had completed the class, I was still able to use it as a reference source for my job.
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If you want to a good overview of the new features in SQL 2012, this is the right book to start.

Mind you, this book doesn't cover all the details necessary to master SQL 2012, which has become several major pieces of software in one. What other software provides top-notch enterprise relational database, ETL (SSIS) services, Business Intelligence (SSAS), and Reporting Services (SSRS) into one highly integrated package? If Microsoft vastly improves Excel's statistical (particularly regression) capabilities, then many enterprises and SMB wouldn't need expensive 3rd party software for its data, data analytics, and data mining needs.

Right now, SQL 2012 has as much, if not more, robust features than its competition. Yes, MS SQL still lacks Oracle's RAC capabilities, but RAC's performance can be easily duplicated by horizontal and vertical partitioning of the tables.

After reading this book, it is obvious SQL 2012 is a major upgrade from SQL 2008.

Pros:
1)Provides a good overview of the NEW features in SQL 2012. This is not meant to be a general overview of SQL 2012.

Cons:
1)No in-depth coverage of any topic. But good enough coverage to get a good overview of the underlying technology.
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I wanted to understand what is SQL server is about since learning Excel the spreadsheet, and moving onto Access the small database. Now SQL Server is the bigger data twice as much power as normal access does. This good book has made it as a reference for me in my quest to hold larger amount of data at the same time teach me the things that makes the server works.
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It's important to understand the purpose of the book. The book is about Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and it does exactly that. It's a book that introduces you to what SQL 2012 is, what features it has, and what it's capable of. It's not intended to be an indepth technical book on SQL installation, management, programming, etc. There are entire series of books dedicated to specifically those subjects. If you want a quick refresher or update to what's new, this is a quick and simple book to do so. If you're interested in SQL server or just databases it's worth the read.
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This isn't a poorly-written book; it's just somewhat vacuous. It reads like one of those "white-paper" documents that every computer and software vendor prepares on the release of a new product, except that you wind up paying $$ this this one. If you are a manager, you might find it useful, but there are better ways to obtain an overview of the capabilities and features of SQL Server 2012.

If you are a developer or DBA, this book has far too little meat to satisfy you. You'll want to go to any of the other Microsoft Press exam prep "blue books", most of which are pretty good.
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This book is a complete introduction. I am MCTS, and I found it great like an introduction. The new features are explained great, some of them with examples. I recommend it.
I get it free for Kindle.
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