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James T. Perry is a Professor of Information Systems in the School of Business at the University of San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Purdue University. He is the co-author of over 80 textbooks and trade books covering topics such as database management systems, the Internet, accounting information systems, Microsoft Office, electronic commerce, and the Oracle database management system. Some of his most popular books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, and Korean.


Jim’s prior teaching appointments, spanning over 30 years, include the Information Systems Department at San Diego State University and the Computer Science Department at the University of Nebraska. He has also worked as a computer security consultant to various private and governmental organizations including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was a consultant on the Strategic Defense Initiative (“Star Wars”) project and served as a member of the computer security oversight committee. When he is not writing or teaching, Jim can be found refereeing rowing regattas throughout California.


Gerald V. Post is a Professor of management information systems at the University of the Pacific. He has a Ph.D. in economics and statistics from Iowa State University and a Bachelor degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of textbooks in Database Management and Management Information Systems. He has published dozens of professional papers in many journals including Communications of the ACM, Management Information Systems Quarterly, and Decision Sciences.


Jerry has taught MIS and Database classes for over twenty years. He has developed several database applications for commercial businesses. When he is not writing, you can find him riding his bike or chasing his dogs through the hills.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is useless 29 Nov. 2008
By OCP in JAX - Published on
Format: CD-ROM Verified Purchase
I'm a Certified MCDBA, MCITP:DBA, SQL Developer, OCP-DBA, etc and I bought this book because I thought I might learn something new about SQL Server 2005.

The book has its good points for a novice but it is not usable.

For example the book states on page 24 that you may either select the x86 or 64 bit version depending upon your operating system.

I have plenty of unused licensed copies as the technical contact for Microsoft Certified Partner program and I purchased my own copies thru the Microsoft Academic Alliance so that I was not limited to a 180 day version.

The book supposedly contains a Student Disk that contains scripts to create sample databases and SQL Scripts for student exercises.

If you go to the Publishers Website there are not any student scripts to accompany the text like you get at (Thompson).

I read the review but I thought that with my experience I would be able to workaround it.

I was wrong and I made a very poor decision in buying this book.

This book could helpful if you ran out of firewood and you have no electricity.
Good Book 11 Sept. 2008
By Nick Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was useful and informative. If you follow the examples throughout the book, you should be able to pick up on the different SQL techniques. I ended up with an A in the class and this book presented the information well. Just my opinion.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stunningly bad book 10 Mar. 2008
By Jeff N. Peterson - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
I'm forced to agree with the previous reviews of this book. We used it as a textbook in my SQL course. The general consensus in class is that the examples are bug-ridden and full of typos, and that (despite claims to the contrary by the book) you need to have an understanding of Visual Basic to really follow and understand half of what they're talking about.

Sometimes I swear the chapter question are from some other book, as many of them seem to have no relation to the chapter whatsoever. Also, from chapter 8 on, pretty much every exercise they have you do builds on each other. By chapter 9, most of us had screwed up our databases so badly (by trying to follow the poor examples) that we could no longer follow the book without things erroring out.

Up until chapter 8, the book seemed like it was halfway decent. It explained things and the exercises were decent. After that it becomes slipshod, like the author either ran out of time or patience and just slapped the rest of it together. Half the examples and exercises leave out crucial information. It's like showing someone a picture of an airplane and then saying "Ok, now go build one".

I really just don't have the words to express how truly BAD this book is.
Four Stars 12 Feb. 2015
By Mark Scott - Published on
Format: CD-ROM Verified Purchase
My first SQL class book I used in 2006.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Piece of crap book! 22 Nov. 2007
By D. Martin - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
If I could give this book zero stars I would. I got this book from my school to use with a database class. The software would not install (even the instructor had problems with it), the downloadable chapter files would not work, and the examples of scripts used in the book to run queries, etc., had typos in them which would cause errors during execution. Now, if I had had some background in SQL Server maybe I could have identified the errors and fixed things myself. But, I did not. I relied on this book to give me the correct information and it didn't. Because of the chronic errors and constantly sending emails to my instructor, I feel I have not learned anything from this book or my class. That is unfortnate for me because now I can never apply for a job which requires the use and maintenance of SQL Server.

If you really want a good SQL Server 2005 book, check out "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Unleashed". Granted, it is inteded for use by intermediate-to-advanced users, but I would bet money that I can still derive more valuable information out of the "Unleashed" book as a beginner than I did out of the "Introduction" book.

"Unleashed" has received seven 5 star reviews so far and as soon as I immerse myself into the book and start learning more, it will receive yet another 5 star review from me.
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