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Targeted towards beginner to mid-level DBA and developers Dec 31 2012
By Jaewoo Kim - Published on
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This is a good book if you are new to MS SQL. There is much to learn here.

If you are already intimately familiar with previous versions of MS SQL (2005-2008), then the value of this book will be limited.

There simply isn't enough advanced information. But there is plenty of beginner to intermediate knowledge that would be very helpful, which I think is the target audience of this book.

1)Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of MS SQL 2012 (much of the knowledge is also applicable to SQL 2005 and 2008).
2)Well written and good explanations. I particularly like the sample code in the text.

1)There is a lot of breadth but not a ton of depth. Many topics are covered only superficially.
2)Not enough information on how MS SQL 2012 is different from MS SQL 2008.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very thorough, but with some errors Feb. 16 2014
By Jeremiah - Published on
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I found this book to be very thorough with all of it's examples and explanations. I did not however, like the fact that there were some proofing mistakes, e.g. misspelled words or even wrong diagrams (even though the provided diagram showed the same thing, but was not related to the exact example provided in the text). The proofing errors bothered me quite a bit since have a degree in English.

If you can get past a few errors, this book will be highly valuable for you if you are looking at a job that relies heavily on SQL (query performance tuning, custom reporting, T-SQL, etc).
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Very good reference, but lacks depth Jan. 5 2014
By D. Johnson - Published on
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The SQL Server 2012 Bible is a very good book, and it goes far beyond any documentation or examples that Microsoft provides for its own product. The book covers nearly every topic at some level, but that is sort of my one complaint with the book -- it never goes very deep with any topics. You'll find one or two examples for each of the concepts it covers, but that is about it -- it doesn't discuss, for example, the meaning of every parameter of a built-in stored procedure call. Or the possible meaning of every option of every T-SQL command. For that we're still stuck to searching online and crossing our fingers that we'll find something.

I know that is partly the nature of the book, because it does try to cover everything, but if someone is looking for in-depth examples on specific topics, perhaps a more specialized book is a better choice.

But for anyone looking for a general purpose reference for SQL Server, this is excellent, and should be the first SQL Server book you purchase.
A great deal of information Sept. 13 2013
By L. Smith - Published on
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contains a lot of very useful information. It has come up short in some areas (encryption) with supplying complete information and examples. Overall, it's ok/useful.
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Good reference book April 14 2013
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I have been using SQL server for years and this book has been helpful with learning the guts of SQL server to get even better performance out of it. It doesn't just teach you how to design better database and queries, it explains why you get better performance.