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Professional SQL Server 2005 Programming
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Top Customer Reviews
Maybe I'm just a groupie for this author, since I've purchased this same book for SQL Server 7, 2000, and now 2005, but I continue to find his approach easily readable and full of practical advice that is immediately applicable to projects.
Even as an experienced programmer with SQL Server, I'm glad I bought this book, rather than just a "what's new in 2005 version." After a quick scan of the table of contents, I easily found what was new in 2005 and focused on the parts that were relevant to our applications. It's also a great resource to have on the shelf. It has come in handy when our team runs into not-so-common problems. We've been able to crack it open and find exactly what we need.
Dead wrong ... some of the exciting new features like XML indices are skipped (or lost in circular cross-references), the features new to SQL server 2005 are not clearly marked, so it's not obvious on what to focus, and the technical material in the book is heavily interspersed with page-long author's deliberations on why he put a certain topic in a certain place (frankly, I don't care about his book structuring decisions as long as the content is there and presented in a useful fashion).
If you're not focused on the SQL Server 2005 release, you might be better off buying more time-tested books from other authors.
I couldn't be happier. The author is one of the most knowledgeable, and he writes in an accessible style.
I've heard some gripes about how he discusses the organization of his book a little too much, but the reasons for these passages are to reinforce the importance of the concepts being covered in relation to other concepts.
I'd recommend this book to beginners who are fast learners, or to old hands that want to pick up a new trick or two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a book that is supposed to be geared to programmers pretty proficient in SQL, it doesn't offer anything new. Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by F. Schoenfeld
I own several books from this series. They have been fantastic. This one is no exception.Published on June 15, 2009 by Father of seven
This is an excellent follow to his book on Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming. If you're going to be doing a lot of true SQL server programming, there is no better guide out... Read morePublished on August 6, 2008 by Nathanael