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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Review of the Subject, 4 May 2009
JA Fairhurst "johnfair" (Edgeley, Stockport) - See all my reviews
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Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express Server Express: Database Applications with Visual Basic Express and Visual Web Developer Express.... etc takes you from the installation of the product from scratch - not sure how useful this particular bit was as most people will find they install SQLSE as part of a Visual Basic Express installation, but Mr Dobson is being very thorough and starting from first principles can't do any harm.

We then go into some useful downloads such as SQL Server Management Studio and it's here we have a few rocky moments as Mr Dobson was writing this book before the Express version became available, how to set various options so that Server will talk to other database systems such as Access, and how to use it with older versions of Visual Studio.

Next, we get to set up a database and some tables using the visual designer.

The power of SQL Server is then explored through the rest of the book as we look at data types; querying databases, either individually or across databases; the creation of views, user defined functions and stored procedures, and the use of triggers. We are introduced to security issues in chapter 8, which seems quite late in the day (and has to be partially covered in earlier chapter) but it give Mr Dobson a chance to look at the methodology of using the product before scaring you with the intricacies of securing that data.

Part two of the book covers using database applications in Visual Basic and/or Visual Web Developer - equally important to a fully rounded view of the subject as SQL Server doesn't have the form designer or reporting tools that made Access such a desktop hit. Although not as detailed - both VB and VWD are full products in their own rights (and have their own equivalent full books - see below) - Mr Dobson describes them in enough detail to get you started and you can argue with his programming style, this doesn't really detract from the usefulness of the examples.

Despite Dobson's thoroughness, you rarely feel as if you are bogged down in the text and it was a relatively easy read through. It's slightly less easy to follow some of the examples, but having to concentrate should ensure they stay in the memory!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex style but very useful, 6 Oct. 2007
Not wanting to write war and peace here, but this book is very useful if you want to use SQL server express edition, much more so than any of the other titles I've come across. The writer's style is difficult, but the content is excellent and the worked examples are practical and relevant. I think the 'beginner' referred to in the title would be a beginner to VB rather than a beginning developer, as any novice coming to this book as a first title would find the learning curve rather steep.
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