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SQL Server 2014 Database Design Kindle Edition
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The author is strangely obsessed by sorting, date formatting, the (pubs, Northwind, and AdventureWorks) sample databases, and integer identity columns as surrogate keys. The last is the only topic that fits the title, but it is never explained well, only advocated for, with none of the downsides (or even best practices) mentioned. While the sample databases are useful as sample schemas and data, they are certainly not paragons of database design, and the author never tells where one may get them. The author harps on normalization, which is a good thing, but his explanations are sketchy at best, with no examples given. One would be better served by just referring to Wikipedia.
Although one could be cynical and posit that the author is deliberately obfuscating the basics of database design, hoping that a reader will be daunted by how difficult the topics seem from this book and hire an "expert" like the author (which he advocates several times), I instead think that the author has no aptitude for SQL and does not understand the subject himself. I did a quick search, and found support for my theory in several recent online forum posts ("answers") by the author.
I write this review not to be malicious, but as a warning to those who choose a book (or an answer from an internet forum) only by its title or some faked bona fides written by the author. If I could give a negative five stars, I would, as this book will be detrimental to learning the subject; i.e., you will have to unlearn much of this material to progress.