- Paperback: 848 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (December 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935182048
- ISBN-13: 978-1935182047
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Paul Nielsenis a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and contributed to Microsoft's offi-cial SQL Server courses. He's a database developer and trainer, and previously wrote "SQL Server Bible" (Wiley) and lives in Colorado.
Kalen Delaney is a Microsoft MVP who has worked with SQL Server since 1987. She's a subject-matter expert on Microsoft's official SQL Server courses and previously wrote "Inside SQL Server"(Microsoft Press). She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Adam Machanic lives in Boston, is a regular usergroup speaker and has written for SQL Server magazines. He's a Microsoft MVP and Certified IT Professional and previously wrote "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development" (APress).
Kimberly L. Tripp is a SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director and has worked with SQL Server since 1990. She lectures for a variety of events including Microsoft Tech Ed and is married to co-editor and SQL guru Paul Randal. Paul Randal and wife Kimberly L. Tripp are two of the most-sought-after SQLServer speakers in the world. A Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, Paul is alsocontributing editor to "TechNet Magazine."
Greg Low is one of only three Microsoft MSDN Regional Directors for Australia.He hosts the SQL Down Under podcast and organizes multiple SQL Code Camp events.
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It does not happen that often that I keep postponing all but the pressing task at work to read yet another chapter. Can someone be called an SQL addict? This book may well make you one. So I've tried to get to the bottom of it and understand what is it that they have done so right. It is not only that the book is written by people who know what they are writing about, and that they display the essence of various topics which most of us have accumulated only through reading many other sources. Here it is all distilled and presented in one single volume of 59 chapters. But more than that, it seems that they have found the ultimate golden ratio in the size of the chapters, roughly between 8 to 13 pages, so that each can be covered in one short read without distraction. Almost like reading a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe or William Somerset Maugham.
Have you ever spent time going through the 1204 trace flag deadlock graphs and then made the transition to the new trace flag 1222? Here it is, explained clearly without the need to go to BOL or the web. The benefits of a covering index? Which DMVs to use? Even the absurdity of using a shrink database task in a maintenance plan (why do they offer such a thing in the first place?). It is all here. The range of topics is impressive.
I have to admit I have not read more than a seventh of the book (only got it two days ago), jumping from one topic to another, having to balance what I am interested in most, and what would immediately be applicable to my current work, but even without a FULLSCAN there is little doubt that this volume will be enthusiastically received by developers and DBAs across the globe.
Not trying to reach everything, but going the step extra on selected areas.
I for one appreciated this book.
Unfortunately, the book is an overview without any deep dives at all. The chapters provide less detail than the average BOL page. For example there is a full chapter on how to join tables, another chapter informs us that indexes can help with queries and even introductions to XML, Reporting Services, Profiler, etc.
Basically the book is a collection of 59 chapters of "Hello World" to various featuers and is what you would expect from a Microsoft Marketing Presentation on the wonders of SQL Server.
You will see the big name authors advertised, but they did not write any of the chapters. They are "editors" of others work.
If you are interested in in-depth knowledge of SQL Server, I doubt you will get any value from this book, unless you are a SQL Server Newbie.