Top critical review
Broad coverage, but not intended for an audience of differing backgrounds...
on 13 December 2015
Being a software tester, I am always trying to improve by educating myself with the application back-end - doing so can only make me a more useful project team member. And so on to MSSQL Server 2008 (albeit rather late considering the current year :-/ ).
Who is the target audience here ?
Don't be fooled by the Step by Step title - this is not a book for beginners. Rather the author assumes that you are either a professional MSSQL DBA, or a competent IT technical professional with many years of broad experience. And frankly, this is a level that many will prefer - better to feel slightly out of your depth rather than spend the whole book getting no more than your toes wet.
What software do you need?
Of course you need a computer capable of running an edition of MSSQL Server 2008. But what edition? Surprisingly, about 70% of this book can be covered with nothing more than the Express Edition, which makes it suitable for a layperson such as myself. The topics covered in this book for which you will require a higher edition of SQL Server are:
* Database Snapshots
* SQL Server Agent
* High Availability
* All Business Intelligence topics
One last word on the Business Intelligence chapters, it should be possible to cover at least Integration Services and Reporting with Express With Advanced Services Edition. The problem is that these chapters rely on a database that the author had created with Enterprise Edition features, and therefore it can't be restored in Express Edition.
If the author is reading this then let me say that this is a good book, but if you'd made it accessible to a broader audience then it would have been even better.