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This review is from: Inside SQL Server 2000 Book/CD Package (DV-MPS Inside) (Paperback)This book is not intended as a how-to book for database administrators. Instead, it explains what is going on "under the bonnet" so that you have a better understanding of what you can do about it. There are plenty of books that say "Do A then do B then do C". What Kalen Delaney does is explain why you might do these things or whether you might want to do something different.
When I first got this book, I opened it at random, and came across a section on outer joins and NULLs. In a couple of pages I had learned not only the exact difference between "=NULL", "IS NULL" and "ISNULL()", but also the reasons for the differences (three-state logic) and a couple of useful techniques for avoiding common problems.
Like a small handful of other technical books, it is beautifully written. It is for reading, not just referring to. The layout and printing are good, and, importantly, the binding allows the book to lie flat when opened at any page, even near the beginning or end. (The exception to this is the card insert for the accompanying CD, which has been annoyingly bound in the middle of the index.)
Recommended, but not as your only book on SQL Server.
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