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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626010
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Itzik Ben-Gan is a mentor and cofounder of SolidQ. A Microsoft MVP for SQL Server since 1999, Ben-Gan teaches and consults internationally on T-SQL querying, programming, and query tuning. He is the author of Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL Fundamentals and coauthor of Inside Microsoft SQL Server: T-SQL Querying and Inside Microsoft SQL Server:T-SQL Programming. He has written numerous articles for SQL Server Magazine and MSDN, and speaks at industry events such as Microsoft TechEd, DevWeek, PASS, and SQL Server Connections.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
I teach SQL Server for a living, and even though I've been talking about the subject for ten years and working with the product for longer, there are things I've picked up from this book. Please don't be deterred by the use of the word "fundamentals" in the title: this is not just a book about the "select" statement - far from it!

Inside you'll find the essentials, like select, insert, update, delete, join and so on, but you'll also find coverage of aggregate functions, subqueries, XML functionality, and a lot of hugely useful information on the new code in SQL 2008. If you're an end user, this book isn't really aimed at you, but if you need to write Transact-SQL and want to leverage the new features of SQL 2008, this should be on your shelf.

Highly recommended!

Peter Lee (MCT, MCITP)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Dallimore on 25 Jun. 2009
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I purchased T-SQL Fundamentals after reading Peter Lee's review and I was not misled; it is an excellent book. But I believe some additional information may be helpful.

If your interest is data extraction and manipulation then, whatever your existing knowledge, I do not see how you can go wrong with this book. It starts at a very basic level but by the end you will be tackling extremely difficult exercises with confidence. If you are a developer, this book will be a useful addition to your library but it only covers enough on create database, table etc. to enable you to understand data extraction and manipulation. It mentions filegroups and partitions, for example, but not the T-SQL to create and manage them.

I have only one significant criticism: Appendix A should be Chapter 1. Appendix A tells those who have no access to Sequel Server at work how to install it on their home computer so they can try out the exercises. I did not notice Appendix A until after I had messed up my first installation.

A lesser criticism is that the book recommends installing Sequel Server Enterprise Edition on a 120 day free trial. What do you do at the end of the free trial? Enterprise Edition is the fullest and most expensive edition. Developer Edition is a lot cheaper, is also available on free trial and the only minus is its functionality is limited by license to a development environment. However, I chose Express Edition which is free forever. OK, it is limited but it is more than adequate for a training environment. Once you have built up your knowledge, you can upgrade to the appropriate fuller edition.

Tony Dallimore
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.C VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2010
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This book is great! Easy to understand as it starts with very basic stuff but then it gets harder and harder. So even if you have some experience with sql, you'll still find this book helpful. The only draw back is that the author recommends you install a trial version for 120 days - when you can get a limited version of the server for free....
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By Dan on 18 Aug. 2010
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This book does exactly what it says on the tin. A really clear and well written introduction to T-SQL. I knew a bit of SQL from Access (mostly using the query builders) and this book was perfect for me. Very quicky you wonder how you ever managed with query builders and you see just how powerful proper SQL is.
Read the contents page before buying. This book does not include everything about SQL Server (what book does?) but what this covers it does expertly. Highly recommended.
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