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Excellent alternative to surfing for info,
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Inevitably, the book contains good and bad, relevant and irrelevant stuff. But that will mean different things to different people depending on their backgrounds and different needs. The book is well edited and laid out, many of the disparate pieces are simply "a good (technical) read". I consider the book a welcome alternative to surfing the internet for information to broaden ones horizon and get inspiration. In particular to find out "what are all the other guys doing with SQL, those that specialize in other areas than myself [with a BI angle to my work]". If you ever find yourself confronted with some [to you] awkward and unfamiliar task this book might be a good starting point for identifying your options, because the authors generally write about what is practically important to them, what they know and care about and what is important to them. They do not just write to cover a certain curriculum, including everything that doesn't matter with all that does. In particular I would like to emphasize and recommend the couple of pieces included on XML storage and querying. All too many texts on SQL XML give the impression they are written by someone really only into relational SQL, to whom SQL XML is just a side show. Not so with the SQL XML texts in this book!