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Web site back up for the book is poor - doesn't mention that SQL Server 2012 is no longer available.
on 3 March 2016
I purchased Beginning SQL 2012 Joes 2 Pros Volume 1 from Amazon because the reviews were good. However, in the mean time since I bought the book and started to use it, the SQL Server edition has changed from 2012 to 2014. Software products are upgraded all the time, so this isn't surprising, so a book like this needs to cater for this and give current information on the website, but this is not happening for this book.
The book says in the Intro and Skills Needed sections that you can get the most current installation steps from the Joes2Pros web site, and also says the site has a link to make the purchase of SQL Server, but neither of these things is true, as far as I could see. (You CAN download the SQL scripts... the links are next to the Book details on the site. ) In fact, the site still shows details of how to install SQL Server 2012 and does not mention at all that Microsoft is no longer offering it.
The site seems totally geared to getting you to sign up and pay for online lessons. I emailed support for the site to ask if the scripts would still work with SQL Server 2014, (seems like a reasonable question) and after 1 week the request still has a status of "waiting to be assigned to an agent".
I am going to plow on and purchase SQL Server 2014, and I assume that the scripts will work, but this isn't good enough. You need website back-up for a book like this, and this is lacking, therefore I cannot recommend this book.