- Series: Developer Reference
- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735626243
- ISBN-13: 978-0735626249
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Internals (Developer Reference) Paperback – March 18, 2009
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Conor Cunningham is principal architect of the SQL Server Core Engine Team at Microsoft.
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I've ready every copy of Inside SQL Server from 6.5 through to 2000. And I mean every page. I've read Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: The Storage Engine from cover-to-cover as well. Here's the thing... each edition gets better and better. Subtle little clarifications here. A paragraph of extra information there. And now with SQL Server 2008 Internals you have one of the best guides to the innner workings of SQL Server you can get your hands on.
I must reiterate: This is not a DBA's Guide. By that I mean that it is not filled with step-by-steps. Instead, it explains what's happening when you take those steps. For this reason, the book will not be for everyone; however, for those who are developing database applications based on SQL Server 2008, there's no better way to truly learn how the DB works and, therefore, optimize your application.
Another great book in the series...
The main issue with the previous books was the quality of the writing. I thought Kalen's writing was at times indecipherable. She could write tech with the finness of a sledgehammer. This book is different. This book is very well written and Kalen probably had a very good editor to review this book carefully.
The book deals mainly with the intermediate to advanced architectural aspects of MS SQL. This book, rightfully, is not for the beginners.
Ironically, Kalen left out some of her best works from her SQL 2005 book. For example, The SQL 2005 book had an excellent chapter on indexes. In this book, the indexes are not as aptly covered nor covered as in-depth.
1)Contained an excellent chapter on SP recompile issues.
2)Probably the most technical of all technical books on SQL architecture.
3)Advanced knowledge you cannot find anywhere else.
4)This book is often the primary source of MS SQL interview questions for advanced level experrts.
1)Where is the in-depth chapter on indexes? (SQL 2005 book had one).
2)Although much of SQL architecture is interesting, much of it is automated and there is no practical way to apply that understanding to anything useful.
I recommend this book especially to those who have never read Kalen's book. For the beginners, I would urge "SQL 2008 Unleashed" first before delving into the contents of this book.