- Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (April 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735626367
- ISBN-13: 978-0735626362
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance: MCTS Exam 70-448 (Microsoft Press Training Kit) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Erik Veerman is a Microsoft® MVP for SQL Server®, an award-winning BI solution developer, and a popular speaker, instructor, and author. He shares his expertise with OLAP design, ETL processing, and dimensional modeling as a mentor for Solid Quality Mentors.
Teo Lachev has more than a decade of experience in designing and developing Microsoft®-centered solutions. He is technical architect for a leading financial institution where he designs and implements Business Intelligence applications for the banking industry. Teo is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server®, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He lives with his family in Atlanta, GA.
Dejan Sarka is MCT and MCDBA certified and a Microsoft® MVP for SQL Server®. He teaches and consults for Solid Quality Mentors, speaks at TechEd and PASS, and develops OLTP, OLAP, and data mining solutions.
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1) Very little explanation about why you are doing something. It steps you through implementing objects and processes, but it doesn't give you and overview of the project that you are doing or why something is being put into place. It would help to know what the total project is supposed to be beforehand. You know, like in real life. If I am to use this stuff on the job, I need to know some things to be able to conceptualize how something should go together.
2) It could use a lot more screen shots. It's very easy to lose your place in this book.
3) It's kinda boring, possibly given the items above. I'm really having to push myself to do this thing, and I'm losing often.
4. I've found that the supplied project files will not compile an SSAS cube on SQL Server 2008 R2. The files are for SQL Server 2008. SQL Server 2008 does come with the book, with a 6 month trial period, but I got the 2008 R2 because it was the latest version, and now I'm stuck.
Second, I have more than 8 years of experience and i guess i knew almost everything and studied this book really well YET that wasn't enough at the test. If you are not so experienced buy another set of tool to help you.
This book covers everything BUT Basic levels. Also, book doesn't have the sample test question like we face in test center.
I GUESS AS WE EVOLVES WITH TESTS AND QUESTIONS DURING THE TEST - Sample questions included in the book must evolved as well otherwise you wouldn't know what to expect at real test.
I believe after taking the test - Real time experience is PRECIOUS and VALUABLE, and any certification can never replace its value.
Good luck people.
It appears this error was reported to Microsoft Press on October 25, 2010 by jomaweb, according to the O'Reilly web site. It would be nice if O'Reilly or Microsoft Press could respond with the status of this error.
I also had the SQL Server 2005 sample database AdventureWorksDW installed in my server instance, so I was able to import the GeographyKey data from that database in order to proceed with the rest of Chapter 9. (I have provided more details in a comment attached to this review.)
There is a practice exam disc included with the book which really helps in terms of studying for the exam and another disc with an evaluation copy of SQL Server 2008. All of this can take you from doing what I would call "cowboy SQL work" to a more professional, well founded, and optimized approach towards working with BI tools used with SQL Server.
The authors provide some good practical real-life recommendations on how to apply some of the techniques covered which helps round out the training. Collectively, this text has opened my eyes to more features and functionality in SQL than I did before picking it up and offers a way to actually apply the learning material -- albeit at a simple, high level. Just the same, one can always go deeper and experiment with some of the techniques. In the first chapter alone I learned of a technique that solved a problem which a consulting firm I worked with had an allergic reaction towards solving. I'm thinking the consulting firm might have benefited from this book.
I'm grateful that a careful reading of the exercises does allow one to complete the the vast majority of exercises and not have to deal with a problem so often faced in similar type texts -- nobody proof-read the thing to make sure the commands were accurate and actually worked! Seems like a pretty basic concept but this is so often not the case.
My only warnings to readers is that initial installation of the SQL Server evaluation software and setting up the DB's used as examples can prove tricky (but this is a MSFT issue, not one with the book or the way in which the conveys information). Why is it that sample DB's and installation of same cannot be made easier as it was with SQL 2005 early on? And I have a bit of a bone to pick regarding the Measure Up practice exam which has some out of synch references to the materials in the book. For example, the exam references Chapter 1 Lesson 5 yet the book has only 3 lessons in Chapter 1.
Finally, in the back of the book is a coupon code for taking the exam -- practically worth the price of the book. Your biggest investment will be the time necessary to study for the exam but in today's economy that would be a great investment to make.
I had the same issue with the Training Kit for 70-463.
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