- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735626391
- ISBN-13: 978-0735626393
- ASIN: B007YW73AC
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,389,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development
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Top Customer Reviews
One thing I will say, is that books written by multiple authors never seem to have that flowing consistency as with single author books, but I guess with technical books like this one, its needed. Having said that, I feel in one way or another the book definitely covered everything needed... Sometimes in great detail, other times just a mention so you can go away and do your own research, but everything none-the-less.
Given the depth of knowledge you need to take the exam, just bear in mind you wont get all the knowledge you need from the book, you will need to go away and research some areas more thoroughly (full syntatx and different usage / options of some statements etc). I say this, because some people think you can read the book and take the exam next day, which would be wrong. You do need some real world experience of using SQL Server, and the book states this from the start.
In addition to the book, you also get an electronic version on CD, trial version of the software in case you don't have SQL Server 2008, and trial exams.Read more ›
If you don't have a decent amount of experience with SQL Server then you may well struggle - this isn't a book to teach someone new to the software.
There are a few typos, although nothing serious - just annoying. Also, in a couple of areas it will mention a command or property and not explain it until later. Another reason you wouldn't want to learn the subject from scratch.
I have always been disappointed with the practice tests in the kits and after reading the reviews I decided not even to bother installing it this time.
As usual the CD is bound in the middle of the chapter review section, making it unpleasant to use the index
This book is really good if you already have a bit of experience and want to refresh your memory of the syntax and the rules.
I have also taken a practise certification exam and realised that quite a few topics covered in the exam are NOT covered in the book, eg. creating a trace, cloning a session etc or that the book doesnt cover these sections in much detail.
I have found, however, that it covers XML quite extensively which I am pleased with.
I have found that reading through this book and then looking at the MSDN website for complete understanding and also practising coding in SQL Server has benefited me more...just hope I can pass the exam :-D
Overall, I am happy with the purchase and it has taught me a lot already.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this type of book before to prepare for previous exams so knew what to expect. Excellent, with CD and in excellent condition.Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by Miss S. Brittlegill
After reading this book i didn't felt prepare to take the exam. The thing i liked most was the discount for the exam.Published on 10 April 2012 by Rui Ribeiro
In addition to the experience I gained using SQL Server and the SQL Server Online Help and other on line ressources, this book was the only one I needed to read to pass the exam. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2010 by Sune Due Moeller