From the Back Cover
Starting simply and gradually progressing to increasingly advancedtopics, this introduction to the SQL Server database focuses onwhat is distinctive about the SQL environment—SQL Server2008, in particular—versus other programming environments.Author Robert Vieira draws on his experience as one of the leadingauthorities on Microsoft SQL Server and uses his unique tutorialapproach to explain the significant changes to the fundamental corecomponents of SQL Server 2008.
You'll begin with an overview of database design concepts andlearn how to implement these fundamental concepts with MicrosoftSQL Server 2008. Then, you'll take a look at the role of an RDBMS(relational database management system) and where it fits in thegrand scheme of system development. Thorough coverage of the keyadditions and changes to the 2008 version of SQL Server includediscussions on DATE and TIME datatypes, hierarchyID datatypes,MERGE and multiple inserts, recursive queries, and more. With thisbook, you will conquer the many changes and challenges of MicrosoftSQL Server 2008.
What you will learn from this book
- How RDBMSs store, manage, and retrieve data
Ways to create and alter tables
Various "forms" of database normalization
Techniques for writing scripts and working with storedprocedures
The positives and negatives of indexes
Myriad consequences that locks and deadlocks have on systemperformance
An understanding of triggers and how they are used
Who this book is for
This book is for developers who are looking for a completeintroduction to database design concepts and learning SQL. A basicunderstanding of development fundamentals is helpful.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learningprogramming languages and technologies easier than you think,providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you throughall the techniques involved.
About the Author
Experiencing his first infection with computing fever in 1978, Rob Vieira
knew right away that this was something “really cool.” In 1980 he began immersing himself in the computing world more fully — splitting time between building and repairing computer kits, and programming in Basic as well as Z80 and 6502 assembly. In 1983, he began studies for a degree in Computer Information Systems, but found the professional mainframe environment too rigid for his tastes, and dropped out in 1985 to pursue other interests. Later that year, he caught the “PC bug” and began the long road of programming in database languages from dBase to SQL Server. Rob completed a degree in Business Administration in 1990, and since has typically worked in roles that allow him to combine his knowledge of business and computing. Beyond his Bachelor’s degree, he has been certified as a Certified Management Accountant as well as Microsoft Certified as a Solutions Developer (MCSD), Trainer (MCT), and Database Administrator (MCDBA). Rob is currently the DBA Team Lead for the Stockamp practice of The Huron Consulting Group in Portland, Oregon, and makes occasional speaking appearances on database development, business intelligence, and other topics. He resides with his youngest daughter Adrianna (aka Addy, aka Trillian, aka “T”) in Vancouver, WA.