Top positive review
Good book with lot of insight..
on 5 February 2012
I have started this book opposed to the not so good kind reviews and wanted to see what is wrong with it.
This is not a book for prosfessional who are well versed in SQL Server internals and want to sharpen their knowledge. We need to remember focus of this book and it is to make you comfortable with SQL Server 70-432 exam.
Firstly you need to keep in mind your focus, i.e. to target 70-432 exams, you always have approach to books online in case you need to develop on your existing knowledge.
1. Very good coverage of topics, precise and too the point and keeps you focused.
2. Book is Divided into Chapters, Chapters into Lessons which gives you short targets and sense of achievement as soon as one unit is complete.
3. Practice exams covers exam thoroughly [ don't take my words on this and don't limit yourself to this one, try transcender or other certification kit too]
4. Exam Tips, Questions, Lesson Review, Chapter Review are great.
5. 15% Exam off voucher is a treat and lowers the cost of book further [ or exam, whichever way].
6. Very competitively priced at Amazon.
Not so good points:
1. Some topics, as mentioned in other reviews, are not covered. Which means you have an opportunity to look into SAL Books online or SQL Blogs to clarify.
2. Erros on some pages however this has been covered in Microsoft Learning site and a full confirmed errata is published for benefit of readers.
Point to remember:
1. No book is perfect, I have checked other books and pity that they were written with incorrect commands even and in some cases with Beta version SQL Server 2008.
2. Clearing Exam should be first objective with good understanding overall. Later you can focus on inlife skills that no book could offer.
3. Make your own perspective because it is you who is impacted.
I would like to end my review with words that I would happily recommend this book to individuals who have open view and dont treat book as only medium of knowledge in current time. Refer to blogs, forums and SQL Server Books Online too.