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SQL Server 2014 Database Design by [Toth, Kalman]
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About the Author

Kalman Toth is a Microsoft SQL Server database design and programming expert. Currently working on Artificial General Intelligence development. Contact: kalmantoth@gmail.com .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13812 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5RUFEY
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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A terrible book. Terminology has been misused, some information is inaccurate. Do not buy.
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I found the book lacking content
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x896c330c) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x89317d50) out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY OR BORROW THIS BOOK 29 Dec. 2014
By jpvh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This author was evidently self-taught, and he had a bad teacher. The book is a disorganized compendium of notes and code examples that would be opaque to a beginner and found lacking by anyone who knows even a little about the subject. Few of the notes or examples have anything to do with database design, the titular subject of the book. It is painfully obvious that there was no editor, literary or technical, involved with producing this book. The book is padded with T-SQL code (much of it evidently generated using the GUI), result sets, and screenshots of SQL Server Management Studio. None of this material, which is the bulk of the book, is formatted well for an eBook, and most of the SQL statements would be useful only as examples of bad coding practice.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89317da4) out of 5 stars It was painful to try to read 9 Nov. 2014
By John Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
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Poorly written, and a word for word copy of another book he sells. It was painful to try to read, no matter what chapter I tried.
HASH(0x8931a09c) out of 5 stars Good book for teaching yourself computer programming 20 May 2015
By Kristen - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for teaching yourself computer programming. I took a ruby course and now I want to learn more so I am teaching myself as many computer languages as possible.
HASH(0x89317f78) out of 5 stars Good one. 29 Nov. 2015
By Hasan - Published on Amazon.com
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Good one.
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HASH(0x8931a180) out of 5 stars Informative 14 Sept. 2014
By Tuan Diep - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative; a good read
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