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Looking for a good book on SQL...

By scmgithd ·
This is an elementary question, but we have MSDE 2000, which I understand is a "crippled" version of SQL. Would a SQL book still be helpful? Any opinions on good books? Our software vendor is offering a seminar on using MSDE with Great Plains but I'm annoyed at them after their last user group and would rather just find a good book.

I have no experience with SQL and very little with the Windows 2003 server.

Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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They are listed in this thread

by scmgithd In reply to Sites as per SQL

Just above this post.


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Good SQL Server Book

by jfulgieri In reply to Book on SQL
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Research Online Reviews

by innocent_bystander In reply to Looking for a good book o ...

I search for the topic I want on Amazon. Then I look at only the highest rated selections. For each of those I read all the user comments. It has to have raves from nearly everyone. If there are a few bad reviews I look at the nature of the review and the profile of the reviewer. Since I started doing that I have not been burned on a book.

Another option is to get a trial subscription to O'Reilly/Safari. Do a search and sort by descending copyright date. Then you can look at the latest releases first and review them on Amazon. I would advise you to subscribe to Safari and take advantage of being to look at a large number of references on a given subject. I have no connection with Safari or O'Reilly. I haven't bought a technical book since I started subscribing. I just change the books on my online bookshelf as required.

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Good MSDE book

by gnimgnuk In reply to Looking for a good book o ...

I think you need more than just a SQL primer. There is a book called 'MSDE Developer's Guide' by Dan Rahmel that covers a lot of area for someone with no database experience...and it is specific for MSDE. BTW, the upcoming SQL Express 2005 will be virtually identical to SQL Server. So any SQL Server resource will apply.

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SQL Basics

by rick In reply to Looking for a good book o ...

I used to teach an SQL course at the college level and used "Understanding SQL" by Martin Gruber (Sybex ISBN 089588644 as the course text. I'm sure there must be a newer edition out.

Lots of people use SQL (the language) and Microsoft SQL Server as if they are one and the same. They aren't. I would recommend you learn SQL the language first, then learn about Microsoft's version of it.

You didn't mention how much database experience you have, but if you are an Access developer, a good book for you might be "Professional SQL Server Development with Access 2000" by Rick Dobson (WROX ISBN 1861004834).

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