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  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595237
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rick Dobson has authored six books on database development with Visual Basic .NET, SQL Server, and Microsoft Access. In the past few years, he authored three DVDs on Visual Basic .NET, ADO.NET, and T-SQL. In addition, Dobson has written countless articles for computer periodicals, including SQL Server Magazine, Visual Studio .NET Developer, Visual Basic Developer, SQL Server Professional, SQL Server Solutions, Inside Microsoft Visual Basic, and Smart Access. Dobson is also the webmaster for several web sites. His most popular site,, focuses on the needs of VB .NET and SQL Server developers as well as Access developers. This site gets over one million page views annually, and thousands of site visitors register to receive a newsletter summarizing new developments and opportunities on the site. Dobson also founded the Database Developers Group, an international association of Microsoft database developers.

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Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express Server Express: Database Applications with Visual Basic Express and Visual Web Developer Express.... etc takes you from the installation of the product from scratch - not sure how useful this particular bit was as most people will find they install SQLSE as part of a Visual Basic Express installation, but Mr Dobson is being very thorough and starting from first principles can't do any harm.

We then go into some useful downloads such as SQL Server Management Studio and it's here we have a few rocky moments as Mr Dobson was writing this book before the Express version became available, how to set various options so that Server will talk to other database systems such as Access, and how to use it with older versions of Visual Studio.

Next, we get to set up a database and some tables using the visual designer.

The power of SQL Server is then explored through the rest of the book as we look at data types; querying databases, either individually or across databases; the creation of views, user defined functions and stored procedures, and the use of triggers. We are introduced to security issues in chapter 8, which seems quite late in the day (and has to be partially covered in earlier chapter) but it give Mr Dobson a chance to look at the methodology of using the product before scaring you with the intricacies of securing that data.

Part two of the book covers using database applications in Visual Basic and/or Visual Web Developer - equally important to a fully rounded view of the subject as SQL Server doesn't have the form designer or reporting tools that made Access such a desktop hit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Piper on 6 Oct. 2007
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Not wanting to write war and peace here, but this book is very useful if you want to use SQL server express edition, much more so than any of the other titles I've come across. The writer's style is difficult, but the content is excellent and the worked examples are practical and relevant. I think the 'beginner' referred to in the title would be a beginner to VB rather than a beginning developer, as any novice coming to this book as a first title would find the learning curve rather steep.
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Still a bit rough, but useful 13 May 2006
By Tom Pynchon - Published on
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I've been a programmer for longer than most programmers have been alive, but I'm new to SQL Server and Visual Basic. This book looked like it would be the perfect introduction to both, but it seems to have been rushed to market. It appears that chapters 11 and 12 were once a single chapter, and were split without a lot of subsequent editing in either the book or the sample code on the website. On the second page of Chapter 12, for example, it says "The samples to this point in the chapter...", but there haven't been any samples to this point in the chapter. This is somewhat understandable in a printed book, but as I write this (5/13/2006) the book has been out for almost 5 months, and the sample code on the website still has all the code piled together in a folder called "Sample code for chapters 11 and 12". This makes it harder than it needs to be to find the code the author is referring to when one wants to get some context for the snippets of code in the book.

I don't have a problem with repetition in a book like this, because if you use books like this the way I do, you go straight to the table of contents or the index and then to whatever topic promises to solve the coding problem you're facing. A little repetition makes it more likely that all the information I need will be there in one place. With this book, that was generally the case -- I wasn't flipping back to Chapter 3 to understand a concept the author was discussing in Chapter 10.

The book has been useful to me in understanding SQL Server Express and how it can be used with Visual Basic Express. I wish it had more information about the VBE IDE and the files it generates, but the sample code appears to compile and work, and the explanations are clear and easily understood. There is also no real discussion of regular expressions, which (for me) is one of the new features of VB that made it worth reconsidering. The author dismisses them with the equivalent of "lots of people still don't understand them, so stick with String expressions", which just seems boneheaded to me.

I liked the fact that information about T-SQL and sqlcmd is included alongside the GUI alternatives. With the exception of regex info, most of what I needed to go from knowing nothing to knowing enough to get my work done was in the book and sample code. Considering the short shelf life of books like this one, and the tremendous effort that must go into writing and publishing them, I'm surprised that there are so many of them. While not perfect, I consider this to be one of the better ones.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Review from a beginner's point of view 18 April 2006
By Freon22 - Published on
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I have just a little experience in access 2000 so the thought of moving to SQL databases was scary. Rick Dobson did a great job of taking the fear out of SQL with his book Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express. He takes you step by step through the process of working with SQL Server 2005 Express. The lessons are paced for the beginners and the code examples work, that in it self is something new. He starts you at the beginners level and then brings you to some of the advanced topics.

I am only a few chapters into the book and I'm already starting to feel comfortable working with SQL databases. If you are just starting out in databases then this book is a must have.
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could be better 11 July 2006
By Daddy Longlegs - Published on
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The main problem I have is with the lack of editting. His choice of words can really leave you confused sometimes. I keep having to cross out unneeded words and correct his grammar so that the puzzle will be solved if I need to come back and read the same part later.

And like one reviewer said, it's true: the author repeats a LOT of stuff. The book is frankly boring, so getting repeats of boredom is a double whammy.

And one other thing, it's not a project book. It's more like a random collection of summaries of projects he's done, as if you should know what he's talking about. The first real project doesn't begin until page 371. And even then, it's more like a review of notes he took while learning, instead of an explanation designed to elighten new learners.

I'm sure the author is very intelligence and very skilled with SSE, but I would like to see a better book. I'm sure the author is very intelligence and very skilled with SSE, but I would like to see a better book. Hehe, I just imitated his style with that repeat ;)
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy this book 5 Mar. 2006
By Kenneth Hanawalt - Published on
Format: Paperback
This may be the worst technical book I have ever purchased. It is printed in a very small font with almost no white space so it is very tiring to read. Worse, almost all of the text is wasted. The book needs a good editor. It uses lots of words to say very little and repeats the little it does say endlessly. There are other faults. It continues to use features from the Beta version of the software that the author acknowledges are not in the released version. It does not include a CD, so examples have to be downloaded from a website. The website files are also repetitious, much larger than necessary, and do not include the source for chapter 11 (Chapter 12 is included twice).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Wealth of Knowledge 24 Mar. 2006
By Joey Morgan - Published on
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If I have any complaint about this book, it is for the publisher, not the author. I would have appreciated a better visual layout. The material is dense--the pages shouldn't be. But the information within the book is very useful, both for SQL Server express 2005 and for Visual Basic Express 2005 as well. Mr. Dobson clearly knows and loves his topic.
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