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MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 2008 A BEGINNER'S GUIDE 4/E: A Beginner's Guide [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Dusan Petkovic
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Get Started on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 in No Time

Learn to use all of the powerful features available in SQL Server 2008 quickly and easily. Microsoft SQL Server 2008: A Beginner's Guide explains the fundamentals of each topic alongside examples and tutorials that walk you through real-world database tasks. Install SQL Server 2008, construct high-performance databases, use powerful Transact-SQL statements, create stored procedures and triggers, and execute simple and complex database queries. Performance tuning, Database Engine security, Business Intelligence, and XML are also covered.     

  • Set up, configure, and maintain SQL Server 2008
  • Build and manage database objects using Transact-SQL statements
  • Create stored procedures and user-defined functions
  • Optimize database performance, availability, and reliability
  • Implement solid security using authentication, encryption, and authorization
  • Automate tasks using SQL Server Agent
  • Create reliable data backups and perform flawless system restores
  • Use all-new SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence, development, and administration tools
  • Learn in detail the SQL Server XML technology (SQLXML)

About the Author

Dusan Petkovic is a computer science professor at the Polytechnic in Rosenheim, Germany. He is the bestselling author of the previous editions of this book and has written numerous articles for SQL Server Magazine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5755 KB
  • Print Length: 745 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0071546383
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 4 edition (30 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Dusan Petkovic a computer science professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, Germany. In the days of his youth, he was a "semi-professional" rower, and was a member of the Yugoslav rowing national team.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book was one of two key books in making more advanced guides more accessible to me (the other being 'Building a Data Warehouse with Examples in SQL Server').

In giving this review 5 stars I wanted to try and even out the two 1 stars it received previously. I still use this book for reference and for a beginner who wants to become good-expert and build a career in SQL Server this is the place to start. I bought 5 or 6 'beginners' guides, including Microsoft's MSTC Exam books and this was the one I settled on and read cover-cover twice (2005 and 2008 editions). Its not easy to get good at databases off your own back, but if you want to do it this is a great place to start.

If all you want is to learn to write a few simple SQL queries, being led by the hand 100% then I agree the previous reviews have some merit. But as this book helped me transform my career and increase my take-home pay 3-fold I couldn't let it sit on Amazon with 1 star. Thanks to the author!!!

Honestly - it does a very good job of introducing database concepts and T-SQL syntax to a workable level. I would have probably settled on 3.5-4 stars had previous reviews not been so bad.

I would agree with the first review's general comment that the book is at times unstructured and you probably need to be familiar with Primary Key and Foreign Key concepts. That assumed I loved the fact you had to deal with normalisation first and though a touch chapter it made the rest of the book a breeze once understood to a workable level.

Perhaps me and the first reviewer would agree a more appropriate title would be:
MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 2008 AN INTERMEDIATE'S GUIDE ... If that's the title, this is the best I've found
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a beginner's guide 5 Feb 2010
If you want an "old style hard to read academic book" that will eventually teach you everything, this book is for you.
If you want what most people would call a "beginner's guide", then this book is not for you.

It's a bit like confused reference manual.
For example, there is no chapter or sub chapter titled anything like "Foreign keys".
However, you have chapter 5: Data definition language > Creating Database Objects > Referential Integrity
that will tell you about foreign keys. If that's your idea of a beginner's guide, then this book is for you.

Blasting readers with database normalization theory (on page 12!) doesn't match my idea of beginner's guide.

(Now, I really do think that everyone that works with databases should now about normalization, but page 12 in a beginner's guide ?)

My biggest complaint is the title. It isn't a beginner's guide.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're a beginner then don't bother 22 April 2009
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This book markets itself as "a beginners guide". This is far from the truth and very misleading. By page 12 the jargon is everywhere and you spend more time decoding the book than you do learning anything. I got to page 15 and gave up. I regard this as a complete waste of money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The title is very accurate 9 Dec 2008
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If you are new to Microsoft SQL Server and relational databases or have been away from the technology for a while, this book will be very helpful. The author takes time upfront to start you off with the basics of SQL and work his way through most of the functionality in the current version of SQL Server. The examples are simple to understand. I do wish there had been more info on the Spatial Data Types, but that is probably because I am not a beginner on that subject and wanted to dive into more GIS analysis than this book was ready to provide.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 5 star SQL book...., for Beginner's but is still in depth!!! Very good!!! 10 Feb 2011
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I do not understand some people, when they complain or do not rate the book high, stipulating that it is for beginners. DUH!!! That is exactly what the book is for..., beginners! The book stipulates..., a beginner's guide..., so that is what is should be and it is. I am a recent computer graduate and the best thing about the book is it gives you a great overall foundation to build upon. I had a database class in college and this book covers much, much more. It is not easy, and not too hard. Best thing about it..., it has no mistakes or errors. There are other books that have many errors and errors are the worst and can hang you up or confuse you for hours. So being error free gives it an automatic 5 stars and being true to the title also gives it 5 stars.

So for a beginner book..., it is a 5 star book, and trust me..., it is not easy as pie. It is in depth for an overall great foundation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to a very complex topic 14 Dec 2011
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I currently am neither a practicing IT admin/programmer/analyst nor someone with an education in computer science. Like many, I am self-taught, preferring the world of Linux to that of Microsoft, however due to the economy and job market I have been forced to make occupational changes. It was suggested that I investigate MSSQL Server 2008 and Windows 7 for eventual certification. I looked for a text on MSSQL Server 2008 and found Petkovic's book (after a somewhat lengthy book review process). This one simply stood out. Where others have commented that it is almost "too beginner", that's what I needed, not some heavy, tech-focused doorstop that is geared above my level of understanding. I find Petkovic's text to be very clearly written and easy for the beginner to understand, examples that make sense, with many technical drawings and screen shots pertinent to their respective chapters. From a beginners point of view, I could give Petkovic's text nothing less than a 10 (unless it came with his lectures on a DVD! - then I'd turn it up to "11"!). Thanks, Dusan!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed to review and "Fill in the gaps of my knowledge" 27 May 2012
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Just a very short review to say that I found this book extremely helpful in reviewing and filling in the gaps of what I knew about SQL Server 2008. It gave me a good foundation to start a more advanced book and to continue in my new DBA role. For example, I hadn't worked at a company that used replication (believe it or not) but I do now so I have set it up after reading this book. I used some supplementary materials such as books online, Technet on microsoft [], etc. to set up and tune replication but I'm glad I started with chapter 19 in this book. Before I got this new jpob, I read or skimmed (things I already knew pretty well) everything is this book so I would be ready for the technical interview. Very useful.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done and useful 1 Aug 2008
By Kent L. Tegels - Published on
Got this book the other night and read the bits and pieces of it I was most interested in. Good introduction but with some depth to it too. I like the idea of the excercises. No coverage of Service Broker than I could find and the coverage of spatial could have been better, but I would give a strong positive recommendation about this title.
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