on 14 December 1998
This is the perfect dba reference book, since it goes into details of virutally everything a dba will encounter (rep server not withstanding), from indexes to backup and recovery. Of course the perfect complement would be to have the sybase books on-line or somewhere handy, this is an all-round good reference. Also, if you have to get your head around UNIX as DBA and SA is quickly becoming a combined function, I recommend the UNIX unleashed book; just don't plan on having a social life for the next few years. I have the DBA Survival Guide by Panttaja, et al and it is lacking in many respects. With only about $13.00 between these 2 books, this one wins hands down.
on 16 February 1999
This is an excellent book. I've worked with other relational DBMSs extensively, and I found answers to all my "how do you do it in Sybase?" questions easily. It's a good book to read from beginning to end, if you want to learn Sybase from scratch. Also I think it would be good as a reference -- other developers are constantly coming by my desk to look stuff up in it. The only problem I've had so far is that the Aurora desktop (on the CD) doesn't work on my 95 machine, and it appears the Northern Lights company has gone out of business, so there's absolutely no support for the product.
on 19 February 1999
If you buy only one book covering Sybase, this should be it. This book covers everything from security to tuning to backup and recovery. In my department, we refer to this book as "The Bible". I would like to have seen some coverage of Replication Server, but hey, I guess you can't have everything. I can't wait for the next edition covering 11.5 and 11.9. Keep up the good work guys!
on 14 December 1998
The book covers generally all aspects of Sybase SQL Server using in real life. It is outdated a bit (SQL Server version 11 already isn't latest release of Sybase DBMS), but, in my opinion, it is still the best book for any serious Sybase database administrator or programmer.