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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives [Paperback]

Paul Nielsen , Kalen Delaney , Adam Machanic , Kimberly Tripp , Paul Randal , Greg Low
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Book Description

23 Dec 2009 1935182048 978-1935182047 1

This is not an ordinary SQL Server Book. SQL Server MVP Deep Dives brings together the world's most highly-regarded SQL Server experts to create a masterful collection of tips, techniques, and experience-driven best practices for SQL Server development and administration. These SQL Server MVPs-53 in all-each selected a topic of great interest to them, and in this unique book, they share their knowledge and passion with you.

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives is organized into five parts: Design and Architecture, Development, Administration, Performance Tuning and Optimization, and Business Intelligence. Within each part, you'll find a collection of brilliantly concise and focused chapters that take on key topics like mobile data strategies, Dynamic Management Views, or query performance. The range of subjects covered is comprehensive, from database design tips to data profiling strategies for BI.

Additionally, the authors of this book have generously donated 100% of their royalties to support War Child International. War Child International is a network of independent organizations, working across the world to help children affected by war. War Child was founded upon a fundamental goal: to advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war. War Child works in many different conflict areas around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children every year. Visit www.warchild.org for more information.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (23 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182047
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Nielsen

is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and contributed to Microsoft’s official

SQL Server courses. He’s a database developer and trainer, and previously

wrote SQL Server Bible (Wiley) and lives in Colorado.

Kalen Delaney is a Microsoft MVP who has worked with SQL Server since 1987.

She’s a subject-matter expert on Microsoft's official SQL Server courses and previously

wrote Inside SQL Server (Microsoft Press). She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Adam Machanic lives in Boston, is a regular usergroup speaker and has written

for SQL Server magazines. He’s a Microsoft MVP and Certified IT Professional

and previously wrote Expert SQL Server 2005 Development (APress).

Kimberly L. Tripp is a SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director and

has worked with SQL Server since 1990. She lectures for a variety of events including

Microsoft Tech*Ed and is married to co-editor and SQL guru Paul Randal.

Paul Randal and wife Kimberly L. Tripp are two of the most-sought-after SQL

Server speakers in the world. A Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, Paul is also

contributing editor to TechNet Magazine.

Greg Low is one of only three Microsoft MSDN Regional Directors for Australia.

He hosts the SQL Down Under podcast and organizes multiple SQL Code

Camp events.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent alternative to surfing for info 13 July 2010
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Inevitably, the book contains good and bad, relevant and irrelevant stuff. But that will mean different things to different people depending on their backgrounds and different needs. The book is well edited and laid out, many of the disparate pieces are simply "a good (technical) read". I consider the book a welcome alternative to surfing the internet for information to broaden ones horizon and get inspiration. In particular to find out "what are all the other guys doing with SQL, those that specialize in other areas than myself [with a BI angle to my work]". If you ever find yourself confronted with some [to you] awkward and unfamiliar task this book might be a good starting point for identifying your options, because the authors generally write about what is practically important to them, what they know and care about and what is important to them. They do not just write to cover a certain curriculum, including everything that doesn't matter with all that does. In particular I would like to emphasize and recommend the couple of pieces included on XML storage and querying. All too many texts on SQL XML give the impression they are written by someone really only into relational SQL, to whom SQL XML is just a side show. Not so with the SQL XML texts in this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good source for a range of examples 21 July 2011
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A collection of articles from a large number of experienced SQL Server MVPs. As a result of this it covers a wide range of features for SQL Server, but the quality of the articles varies greatly.
Having said that, you will no doubt find some fascinating nuggets of information within this. One of the biggest surprises I had was what I learnt from a very short article on the 'FROM' clause - something I thought was fairly basic and well understood by myself.
There are five divisions within the book:
Database Design and Architecture
Database Development
Database Administration
Performance Tuning and Optimisation
Business Intelligence
Most articles just provide a taster and further research is then needed to go into details. As an example, I found the articles on partitioning somewhat lacking, but there is enough information to know how to look further.
Some articles also cover interfacing with other languages - C##, VB.Net, LINQ and suchlike, and others aren't technical articles at all - 'What does it mean to be a DBA', for example.
When you receive the book there is an insert at the start that enables you to get a pdf file of this book too, a very nice addition for those with various e-books and electronic media.

Altogether an interesting book and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 11 Oct 2011
By pnr8uk
What can I say about this book? Err I guess that's what I'm here for so I'd better think of something.

Every day a schoolday? Well this book every day seems like doing a degree all over again every day.

Personally I thought I knew SQL server very well, just shows it's never too late to learn. A brilliantly written book, the subject matters are clear and well covered even the topics which at first appeared of little interest to me took on a whole new feeling and I got something from every chapter.

Worth every penny a must have in the DBA's armoury.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 9 May 2010
This book covers a lot of territory. Some of the articles are basic or make good points but talk in general terms when they could give specific examples or practices. Not too surprising with so many authors, topics and views. Overall it still gets 5 stars as it is an essential read for anybody who spends a lot of their time administrating or developing in SQL Server. If it stops people using nolock in queries I will be happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Level 400 16 May 2010
By J. Alan
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As the title suggests, a few focused subjects investigated in great depth.
Not for beginners.
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