Andy Hogg

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (27 of 29)
Location: England



Top Reviewer Ranking: 381,573 - Total Helpful Votes: 27 of 29
70-443 and 70-450: Microsoft SQL Server Database D&hellip by Microsoft Official Academic Course
The book itself is useful, if a little verbose in some places.

It maps well onto the objectives of the various SQL Server exams, which is probably reasonable to expect, given that it is the Microsoft official academic course material.

There is a fairly good level of technical detail. For example database compression is explained more comprehensively than in other books I have read.

Unfortunately the accompanying CD is a big disappointment.

It contains several sample test simulations, but many of the "correct" answers to these questions are plainly incorrect which makes it difficult to use the tests in any meaningful way to prepare for the… Read more
Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrat&hellip by Brian Knight
Like many of the Wrox books, this one has several authors. What happens is that each writes their own individual chapter(s) and then Wrox binds them all together in one big volume.

I do tend to think this sometimes gives a slightly disjointed feel to Wrox books. To be fair though I imagine that this approach is probably necessary in order to get the book written and published to the market in a timely enough fashion to capitalise on the release of the latest version of the product.

That said this is a reasonable attempt at trying to write a fairly comprehensive volume to cover what is a massive subject. Not an easy undertaking.

Some of the chapters are… Read more
Building the Data Warehouse by W. H. Inmon
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a hugely important and influential work on the subject of designing a data warehouse solution.

Inmon has completely different opinions to Kimball in many key areas. For example Kimball advocates a dimensional schema for the warehouse, whereas Inmon insists that a relational structure must be employed.
Kimball is very clear in his books that he believes that data-marts must be aligned to business processes whereas Inmon maintains that data-marts should be aligned to business departments.

Disagreeing with Kimball on the subject of data warehousing is a bit like disagreeing with Newton on the subject of gravity. But Inmon has such experience and authority… Read more