P. Wendorff

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Defensive Database Programming with SQL Server by Alex Kuznetsov
Defensive programming is not a new idea but has been around for 30+ years. This book applies the tenets of it to database programming to produce more robust code that is safe to run in unexpected situations.

The subject of this book is to some degree also covered in other books on SQL development, where authors usually recommend to avoid 'risky' practices that might unexpectedly break one day, e.g., after an update of server software. However, it's usually not covered at depth because it's a rather special subject that will mainly appeal to expert developers who have already mastered all the basics of SQL and database programming.

The book focuses on a special,… Read more
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Unlea&hellip by Michael Lisin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I had worked with Crystal Reports for more than 10 years when I first started to work with Reporting Services on a new project. Therefore, I was looking for an introduction to Reporting Services and I'm now using this book and the Wrox title 'Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services' for my work. In my view both books are decent, practical books that cover a similar range of topics.
I personally prefer the SAMS 'Unleashed' book because I find the structure and writing style particularly clear and practice oriented. This does also apply to diagrams and tables which were obviously created with great care.
Often when I read a chapter in the book I could immediately… Read more
Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies:Understand&hellip by Peter Hruschka, Tim Li&hellip
Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies:Understanding Patterns of Project Behaviour: Understanding P&hellip by Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, Steve McMenamin, James Robertson, and Suzanne Robertson Tom DeMarco
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book presents 86 so-called patterns of behaviour in organisations that the authors have identified during their work as software consultants.

The patterns themselves are not explicitly structured (e.g., through a common set of headings), instead they are rather presented as generalised anecdotes about things that can happen on a software project. The patterns are not related to another in specific ways, instead each is mainly presented in isolation. The authors don't make claims that their observations were typical. The length of a pattern description can range from 7 lines of text (pattern 23) to a few pages. I found the book entertaining to read.

What I found… Read more