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Product Details

  • Paperback: 748 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; Third edition (Nov. 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774516
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After deciding to brush up on the newer version of SQL Server, I purchased this book based on reviews. I can see why it got good reviews. Subjects/Topics are grouped together well. Examples are nice and clear. Each chapter has a set of exercises to test your ability to recall what you have learned. The layout is quiet user friendly. The left page has a paragraph style presentation of information while the right hand side has example queries with results as well as point form presentation of key points.

Only downside is that there are no answers to the exercises with the book (which is understandable since it is a text/training book) I have contacted the company to get the answers and will await their answer. That is the only reason I didn't give it a 5 star(I will gladly change my rating if I receive the answers)
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HASH(0xa4c0ec54) out of 5 stars Out of Luck Feb. 24 2012
By TekDev - Published on
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The programmed learning method, where material is taught on one side of the page and then retaught using examples on the other side of the page is used very effectively in this book. Unfortunately, the merits of the book are negated by the fact that Murach does not give the answers to the practice exercises! This is not a problem until about half way through the book where the difficulty increases and there are 2 or 3 (or more) problems in every chapter that you just can't figure out. It would be really nice to have an appendix with the answers so that you could learn how to do those problems. I contacted Murach and requested the answers. They replied that they only send the Instructors CD to teachers who have purchased at least 15 books (and they need a copy of the receipt). If you buy one of Murach's books for self-teaching, as I suspect most Amazon shoppers do, you are out of luck. This greatly reduces the effectiveness of an otherwise good approach.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c0eea0) out of 5 stars Excellent technical reference for SQL Server 2008 Jan. 3 2009
By J. Huang - Published on
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After spent the past few years as developer/DBA for Oracle databases, SQL server is required during my recent projects. I find myself often spending too much time on simple issues such as how to perform a date and/or date time search. Microsoft SQL/T-SQL syntax is a little bit different from Oracle PL/SQL syntax.

This book really saves me time and effort. This format of this book is like a technical how-to manual or cook book. I extremely love this kind of format because I can quickly refer to a particular issue. The topic is usually concise and easy to understand.

This book is for developers not DBAs. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn SQL Server 2008. Of course, basic programming skills are the pre-requisites. In addition, it is very useful as an excellent technical reference book for more experienced programmers.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c100fc) out of 5 stars Excellent Text and Reference Dec 1 2009
By M. Almond - Published on
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This is one of the best technical books I have seen in a long time. Like a lot of people who have been around software development for awhile, there are areas where I am an expert and other areas that I have picked up enough on the way to just be "a little bit dangerous". SQL Server was one of the latter areas and I wanted to round out my knowledge and this book proved to be the perfect tool. Its unique "facing page" design means you can easily grasp the topic being discussed, and if it is one you are already comfortable with, just scan the code to make sure and move on quickly, or stop and read the details if needed.

I also recommend that you stop and do the exercises at the end of each major chapter -- they are worth spending the time on. They are well thought out and you may very well pick something up even in those areas where you may "think you know it" (I know I did).

Finally, the layout of the book and a detailed index means that this will be a valuable reference in the future -- I still don't aim to be a SQL guru, but I know that with what I learned and this book as a reference I will be much more capable than before.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c102a0) out of 5 stars Best SQL Server Text I have come across June 17 2009
By RITMISProf - Published on
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I am an MIS professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and I consult in the MIS area on a regular basis. My consulting has included work using SQL Server and writing/modifying SQL Server Scripts. This text is by far the best introductory text I have come across for SQL Server and I have reviewed and used many. It is not only good for use in class but it is an excellent reference for anyone who is writing or altering SQL Server Scripts.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c10678) out of 5 stars Great books--Great Amazon service April 24 2010
By Teddy - Published on
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This is my third Murach's book. They've been the required textbooks for several of my college classes. The information is very well organized. There is an example on every right side facing page, with brief information in outline form below. On the left facing page, there is detailed information about the example. This format makes it very easy to skim through information I already have some knowledge of, and quickly identify where the detailed information is needed. I've contiuned to use all of the books as references for C#, [...] 3.5 and SQL Server 2008.