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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597200
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 17.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DeveloperZone on 7 Jan 2008
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I've just moved to C# .net from vb6, and was expecting to stay with Access.mdb looking after the data. Given the .net culture shock, I thought I may as well check out the free Microsoft SQLExpress as well. Within a couple of evenings this book convinced me SQLExpress is the way to go. Just wish I'd found it sooner.

The installation went smoothly, and the intro to SQL Server Management Studio Express, (SSMSE, the GUI), had me with a working set of related tables within an evening.

There are chapters on Design & Creation, Security, Defining Tables, Creating Indexes & Programming. Clear examples of T-SQL scripting are provided in all these areas, along with their SSMSE GUI equivalents. They were easy to follow and get things working.

There is much more in this book. I had no idea SQLExpress & SSMSE were such fully featured and powerful products, (I guess I just thought something free from Microsoft wasn't likely to be worth much). Now I expect to make extensive use of T-SQL, Views, Stored Procedures, and maybe Triggers. There is also material on performance, maintenance and reporting, which I'll look back on when I have the tables populated and ready for testing.

As to the subtitle "From Novice to Professional", I'm not sure I feel it moved me on to being an SQLExpress professional. That would be somewhat optimistic for a single 400+ page book, but this was a great place to start. I'd say it goes from novice to as far as being competent and well grounded. Come to think of it I've met a lot of professionals who are neither competent nor well grounded, so maybe it deserves the subtitle.

Overall a very well balanced introduction and foundation for me as a novice to SQLExpress.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Shareef on 2 Oct 2008
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I am re-editing my initial review of two stars. Having read the book in more detail, I give it 4 stars.
The information is excellent and the explanations are clear. But I still have a problem with the small font of the book which really annoys me. Otherwise I would give it 5 stars.
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A very good way to learn SQL Server 2005 Express 15 Oct 2007
By Albert T. Williams - Published on
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This is an excellent book for learning SQL Server 2005 Express. I started learning MS Access in 2003 when my wife asked me to develop a database for her to use at work. At the time I knew only the words "relational database". Over 99% of what I needed to know to develop that contact and resource management database to its fully featured capability came from multiple books.

The expectations have changed over time and now I need to use SQL Server 2005 Express as a back end with Access as the front end for that database. Knowing nothing about SQL Server 2005, I needed a very good book to help bring me up to speed. I found that in Robin Dewson's "Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express."

From the installation of SQL Server 2005 Express through an explanation of Triggers and Reporting Services, there is a clear and concise explanation of each aspect with the opportunity to Try It Out. I needed to know all of what he presents and I was especially interested in Installation, Security, and Database Backup, Recovery, and Maintenance. The Installation chapter explains very carefully and clearly authentication mode, service accounts, user instances, etc. The Security chapter clearly explains logins, server roles, database roles, and schemas. The Database Backup, Recovery, and Maintenance chapter is also clear and carefully written with information on types of backups, detaching and attaching a database, and transaction logs.

The Chapter headings are:
1. SQL Server 2005 Express Overview and Installation
2. SQL Server Management Studio Express
3. Database Design and Creation
4. Security
5. Defining Tables
6. Creating Indexes and Database Diagramming
7. Database Backup, Recovery, and Maintenance
8. Working with the Data
9. Building a View
10. Stored Procedures
11. T-SQL Essentials
12. Advanced T-SQL
13. Triggers
14. Reporting Services

Robin Dewson is a very good teacher with the gift of knowing how to present a concept and then build concept on concept. He also provides helpful tips on things to do and not to do.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good way to learn the inner workings of SQL Server 31 Oct 2007
By James Hoisington - Published on
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I have been querying SQL Server databases for six years using .Net. This book took me inside SQL Server and showed me how to manage tables, relations, stored proceedures, indexes and triggers.

The book achieves great mix of instruction and best practices. At times, I found myself wanting to know more but the book is already over 400 pages.
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Excellent way to learn SQL Server Express 4 Nov 2009
By Nancy Marie - Published on
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Being self-taught in SQL Server, I need to rely on books and online help. This book is always on my desk. Many of the books I refer to are good for table set up and execution of queries. This book covers so much more.
This book covers installation and installation issues, Command Line Tools, Security and Permissions, Visual Web Developer and more. What I like about this book is that the author is speaking to a beginner, not someone who dreams of stored procedures but someone just learning the ropes.
I highly recommend this book to someone just starting out. This is an excellent reference book that is easy for a beginner to understand.
Good reference book 13 Mar 2012
By Mike K - Published on
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As I mentioned in another SQL Server book review, this one too helped me transition from SQL on another platform to the SQL Server Product with few if any real problems.
Raving review 13 Aug 2009
By Tech School in SC - Published on
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The instructor for this class stated, "the book is very easy to understand and covers all the basic features of SQL Server administration and basic SQL programming."
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