I have really enjoyed this book from the begining to the end.
The new chapters from Steve and Dejan:
- Set Theory and Predicate Logic - Algorithms and Complexity - The Relational Model
are a very good complement. Having these topics is handy and refreshing, not to mention a must in this discipline.
Itzik's cover about the new T-SQL features introduced with SQL Server 2008, is insightful and very well guided. No doubt that he is an educator by nature.
If you are new to T-SQL, I strongly recommend that you first read Itzik's book "Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 T-SQL Fundamentals", prior to diving into this series (T-SQL Querying and T-SQL Programming).
Thanks to all the authors for such wonderful book.