on 5 July 2012
This is undoubtedly the book for beginners. I purchased three other books even Microsoft Step by Step book on SQL 2008. It is not for beginnners. This Joes 2 Pros is the book. All the other books would require some knowledge about database software and method.
I wasted money buying other books and only recommend this one for beginngers.
One other thing be sure that you have Microsoft SQL installed and running so that the database connects to the server either in your computer or else where.
I purchased the SQL2008 R2 software and it took me one week to make it work. This is because the installation procedures for this software do not have sufficiently clear instructions. I got help eventually from Mr.Alberto Morillo at Microsoft SQL Server Forum. He guided me though a successful installation. No book will be of any use, if you do not first make a successful installation with a connect to server instance working.
This Joes 2 Pros series is no bull!
If you are a baby in this, then this is the crib you want to be in.
on 23 July 2012
I had already purchased the paper version of volume 2 but bought the kindle version of volume 1 to fill in the gaps! I wouldn't regard myself as an absolute beginner, I use this to confirm concepts and make sure I have got a good grasp of the basics.
It is well written and doesn't read like a dull text book. It's informative, appropriately paced and well set out. It can be read front to back or just dipped into when you need it!
Highly recommended (and book 2 also!) Make use of the online content to get you started which is all free! It will also test your learning and helps to confirm that you've got it mastered.