This is undoubtedly the book for beginners. I purchased three other books even Microsoft Step by Step book on SQL 2008. It is not for beginnners. This Joes 2 Pros is the book. All the other books would require some knowledge about database software and method.
I wasted money buying other books and only recommend this one for beginngers.
One other thing be sure that you have Microsoft SQL installed and running so that the database connects to the server either in your computer or else where.
I purchased the SQL2008 R2 software and it took me one week to make it work. This is because the installation procedures for this software do not have sufficiently clear instructions. I got help eventually from Mr.Alberto Morillo at Microsoft SQL Server Forum. He guided me though a successful installation. No book will be of any use, if you do not first make a successful installation with a connect to server instance working.
This Joes 2 Pros series is no bull!
If you are a baby in this, then this is the crib you want to be in.