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Joseph Sack
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1 July 2008 1590599802 978-1590599808
SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach is an example-based guide to the Transact-SQL language that is at the core of SQL Server 2008. Learn to create databases, insert and update data, generate reports, secure your data, and more. Author Joseph Sack takes common Transact-SQL tasks and breaks them down into a problem/solution format that is quick and easy to read so that you can get the job done fast when the pressure is on. * Focused on solutions: Look up what you need to do. Learn how to do it. Do it. * Current: Newly updated for SQL Server 2008. * Comprehensive: Covers 30 different Transact-SQL problem domains. What you'll learn * Create databases, tables, and indexes. * Query and manipulate data. * Store and manage XML inside the database. * Move business logic into the database. * Encrypt data and capture changes for compliance purposes. * Implement Full-Text Search. * Interface with Service Broker. * And more! Who this book is for Developers who use Microsoft SQL Server 2008 as their back-end database. Database administrators who create, manage, and secure those databases.


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  • Paperback: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599808
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely something to have in your SQL arsenal. 17 April 2012
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Great book with lots of good recepies. I refer to this book very frequently. The explanations are clear and it is well structured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transact-SQL Recipes ROCK! 1 Sep 2008
By Jimmy May - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is among the finest works on SQL Server which I've ever read. Joseph Sack has a well-deserved reputation for quality writing, yet I'm frankly more impressed than I expected to be. I've read many of his articles & the previous edition of this book has long been one of my favorites.

This latest-&-greatest edition, SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Recipes, has lots of new material & is his best yet. Joe's writing style is clear, concise, & comprehensive. The approach is unique, the chapter sections flow logically from one to anothter, yet they are written in independent vignettes for byte-sized consumption. His examples allow us to play along at home. They are accompanied by lucid explanations. The book doesn't stoop to copying code, but instead relies on unique examples followed by my favorite feature of all: "How It Works" in which the concepts are characterized in plain English. You'll enjoy it, too.

If it can be done in Transact-SQL, Joe teaches us not merely how it's done, but how it's done right. Topics run the gamut from fundamental concepts such as interrogating tables, creating views, defining indexes, & writing stored procedures, triggers, & functions, to more complex topics such as error handling & principals to newer constructions such as XML, Service Broker, CLR, spatial data, encryption, & auditing--& much more.

I used the book as my primary resource to study successfully for 70-441 & 70-442 (MCITP: DB Dev). I recommend it to all my customers. If you're a SQL Server DBA or a developer, I recommend this book is for you as well.

Jimmy May
Microsoft Sr. Performance Consultant: SQL Server
SQL Server Pros, Founder & Visionary-in-Chief
Indianapolis Professional Association for SQL Server, Founder & Executive Committee
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good SQL Server Reference Book 4 Jun 2010
By Sudheer K. Maharana - Published on Amazon.com
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I read and review lot of SQL Server books. Almost every other book on SQL Server has something new or explaining same features in a different way. I ordered this book being drawn to the title of this book. This book is written by one of the SQL Premier Field Support Engineers from Microsoft. It is nicely laid out and definitely different from other books in explaining SQL Server features. The best thing about this book is "How it Works" sections. For most of the part, the author has done a good job for these sections in describing the internals of each of the features. However, I did find the explanation to some extent short for some important features such as Service Broker, Encryption, Database Snapshots and Query Hints. Especially, I was looking for some internal information on Service Broker.
It is definitely worthwhile to spend some time in reading this book. I would rate this book a 4 star.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good reference for SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL 20 Sep 2011
By Rajkumar Ramasamy - Published on Amazon.com
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A very good book to become an efficient DB developer. The book begins by refreshing your basic SQL knowledge with all various day to day scripts such as select, creating Table, creating Index, and views. Then in the later chapters, the author explains about conditional processing which helped me a lot to write conditional scripts or use conditional flows in my scripts.

Another good think I like about this book is the Chapter 14 which explains how to use XML in Database like Creating, Validating and Indexing XML data. the explanation is so simple and clear. In later chapters, the details on Error handling and service brokers are good but not very detailed. But there is good enough information to understand what they are and how they work.

At the end there are some good information for a DB developer might need to know such as Linked servers, Mirroring, little performance tuning and snapshot and full backup and recovery. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. not just enjoyed, I learned a lot from this book. Thanks to the author. I would recommend this book to all my friends and DB learners. 5 star...
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 16 Sep 2008
By Karl E. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book as a great general reference for SQL Server functionality and I'd definitely recommend buying it for this purpose. The descriptions and examples are straight forward and easy to understand.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for interviews 12 Jan 2009
By Peter Dolina - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a C# programmer working sometimes on SQL Server related projects and you apply for a job that also lists SQL Server in the requirements after reading this book there is no way you would not pass the technical SQL Server T-SQL interview.
The book deals with topics that are evenly dispersed over the whole T-SQL area giving even a novice a simple and clear explanation of every major functionality.
This is not a book for an expert to learn SQL Server 2008 specifics because experts usually work with the whole database which includes Integration, Reporting and Analysis Services which this book knows nothing about but where also substantial changes occurred with SQL Server 2008.
The book is written very well and is easily readable and so even if you are an expert SQL Server user and have a long flight to take, this book will give you a good reading experience as you will certainly find several chapters that refresh your memory and enhance it by SQL Server 2008 flavor.
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