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SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Books for Professionals by Professionals) Paperback – July 24, 2008
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This latest-&-greatest edition, SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Recipes, has lots of new material & is his best yet. Joe's writing style is clear, concise, & comprehensive. The approach is unique, the chapter sections flow logically from one to anothter, yet they are written in independent vignettes for byte-sized consumption. His examples allow us to play along at home. They are accompanied by lucid explanations. The book doesn't stoop to copying code, but instead relies on unique examples followed by my favorite feature of all: "How It Works" in which the concepts are characterized in plain English. You'll enjoy it, too.
If it can be done in Transact-SQL, Joe teaches us not merely how it's done, but how it's done right. Topics run the gamut from fundamental concepts such as interrogating tables, creating views, defining indexes, & writing stored procedures, triggers, & functions, to more complex topics such as error handling & principals to newer constructions such as XML, Service Broker, CLR, spatial data, encryption, & auditing--& much more.
I used the book as my primary resource to study successfully for 70-441 & 70-442 (MCITP: DB Dev). I recommend it to all my customers. If you're a SQL Server DBA or a developer, I recommend this book is for you as well.
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It is definitely worthwhile to spend some time in reading this book. I would rate this book a 4 star.
Another good think I like about this book is the Chapter 14 which explains how to use XML in Database like Creating, Validating and Indexing XML data. the explanation is so simple and clear. In later chapters, the details on Error handling and service brokers are good but not very detailed. But there is good enough information to understand what they are and how they work.
At the end there are some good information for a DB developer might need to know such as Linked servers, Mirroring, little performance tuning and snapshot and full backup and recovery. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. not just enjoyed, I learned a lot from this book. Thanks to the author. I would recommend this book to all my friends and DB learners. 5 star...
If I had to ask for more, I would have asked for more detail on the system functions (he names many, perhaps all, but only gives detail and "recipes" on the most commonly used), I occasionally have to turn to Google to find how to actually use the function he suggests.
If you don't know anything about SQL, then this is not the book for you. This is not a tutorial. This is not the kind of book you sit down and read, as much as you would learn from doing so. Instead, this is a reference...and a really good one at that.
The chapters break down into broad concepts like Select or Indexes or Linked Servers. These concepts are then broken down into the component parts so that, for example, in the Backup chapter, you get broad sub-topics on Creating a Backup and Recovery Plan, Making Backups and Restoring a Database. These are then broken down even further into specifics such as Viewing Database Space Usage. These specific topics then show the syntax, similar to Books Online, but laid out a little differently with immediate explanation of the parameters followed by the true strength of the book, examples. He finally sums up the section with a "How It Works" description.
This is not a "learn how to use SQL Server" book. It is exactly what it says, a set of recipes that will help you work with T-SQL. Actually, when you look at all the examples in the book, that's where you're getting your money's worth and then some. These are good examples, original and well thought out. It shows how to use the code, and, more importantly, how to use it right.
I'd recommend this to DBA's for sure, but I think it's a must for developers too. Here's a handy resource to help you get better T-SQL code the first time.
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This is an excellent T-SQL book for SQL Server 2008. You have to have some T-SQL coding experiences to enjoy the use of it.Published on March 31, 2010 by JW
I bought this thinking it was the typical recipe type book for T-SQL from this publisher and it is. It also covers a number of things regarding managing SQL Server that a developer... Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by John Warner
I Highly Recommend this book to anyone using Sql Server... Dont let the 2008 fool you, he points out where the T-SQL code differs from previous enviroments... Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Kurt Heitmeyer
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No, I would not recommend this book to you if you're looking for a book that deals with nuts and bolts of SQL server 2008. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Hai N. Nguyen