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A great beginner book April 10 2009
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This is a great beginner's book on T-SQL programming. I like the Author's writing style and comprehensive coverage of all the topics including Reporting, XML, Integration Services, UDFs, and even some Administration tasks. The stored procedure chapter could have been made into two chapters. Also, I was surprised why more examples were not given for the Try/Catch error. Similarly, there was not much to go with the SSIS. Looks like most of the typos in the book were removed since the 2005 publication. Overall, a great book to get one started.
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30% fluff + 40% insight + 30% ? June 24 2012
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The author likes soapboxes and countless jokes and pithy sayings, that in my view, due to the sheer amount of such material, distracts from a quick read and a quick learn of the material. If you are looking for someone to cut to the chase, this is not your work.

Vieira knows his stuff, and absolutely, he shares a lot of gems. But many beginners (see title) are in the category of those who are in need of very quickly learning the material, of getting up to speed as fast as possible (and I don't mean cutting any of the meat out, just the fluff). I frequently had to set the book down and go elsewhere, because I got fed up with this style, which I felt was hard to follow, and did not allow me to just quickly pick up the core concepts. In one of those cases, I got fed up with his rambling and looked for other books, and found Murach's. Never had purchased his books before, but WOW, that was exactly the kind of no nonsense tutorial I was looking for.

I don't like giving bad reviews, so let me reiterate, there is still a lot of good material here, and Vieira is an expert in the content, just not in presenting it concisely and to the point.
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Good Beginners' Book March 16 2011
By Queenie J - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has a lot of great information and shows great restraint in not overwhelming the reader with his obviously advanced knowledge of the subject. He is able to convey the wisdom of his experience to the reader while giving them a great beginning foundation. Now that we have access to YouTube and the like this information should be repackaged and presented via video lessons as an alternative delivery method. Great content. Good Beginners' Book. Definitely recommend for beginning SQL developers.
Brilliant! Sept. 3 2013
By Moishe Roque - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has exactly what you need to learn sql programming. It is extremely simple to understand and comes with loads of examples to help you figure it out.
Breaks Down Information July 5 2013
By Smitty8498 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm wholeheartedly recommending this to everyone who has to "start at the beginning" and continue slowly. It's the perfect book for independent study.


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