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on April 29, 2001
The first thing you notice about this book is that it's very much like its predecessor. One could try to explain that away by saying that the two versions of SQL Server are very similar, but that's not as true as it might seem. Fact is, there were some major enhancements in the 2000 product and this book doesn't cover them.
The second problem I have with the book is that it doesn't cover the topics an Inside book should cover. For one thing, the T-SQL coverage is more anemic than ever. The only good book on T-SQL out there is Ken Henderson's Guru's Guide book. I have all the others - the Itzik Ben Gan book (a real stinker), the Amo book, the Teach Yourself books - all have major shortcomings. An Inside book on SQL Server should cover T-SQL extensively. This book fails to do that.
In addition, there's no XML in this book. No, I didn't expect the book to be about XML, but I did expect it to be covered. I expected the internals of how it works to be discussed. I expected examples showing how SQL Server can process XML to be demonstrated. I expected insider info on what we might expect in the future regarding XML to be covered. Problem is, XML isn't even mentioned in the book. It's as though it was not added to the product. This was the single biggest new feature in SQL Server 2000. Not to have it mentioned at all is simply inexcusable.
The third problem I have is the sheer number of errors in the book. I've taken to marking them in my copy. There are errors of fact, historical errors (regarding SQL Server's past), and just plain bad advice. The book is rife with academic-inspired thinking that has little basis in reality.
The fourth problem is...[t]he book reads like a... chemistry text book. There's nothing engaging about it. There's nothing to welcome you into the technology. Nothing draws me in. On the contrary, I find myself getting dozy every time I sit down with it. It's missing something, though I'm not sure just what.
Technical books *can* be interesting. They can engage you. Just read the aforementioned Guru's Guide book to see what I mean. It is solid technically, but also funny, engaging, and insightful. This book could use a bit of the Guru's Guide in it.
I'm giving this book a low review because I felt snookered when I discovered how similar it was to the previous version. As someone else here said, it should have pointed that out in the Preface...
So, I'll say what the author should have said herself: If you are a competent SQL Server professional and you have read the version 7.0 book, you don't need this one. Enough said.
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on January 26, 2002
One thing is very clear to me after reading this book. Delaney is not a practicing DBA. He spends far too much time on things DBAs couldn't care less about and far too little on the real important stuff. The worst part of it is the book is loaded with errors. Lots and lots of them. There are three errors in the discussion of RAID that any practicing DBA worth his money should be able to get right. There are numerous errors in the discussion of the query optimizer. I feel sorry for him that he doesn't know the technology any better than this. On top of all this, this is some of the dullest writing I've ever read. I liked the 6.5 book, but this one bores me to tears.
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on May 27, 2001
I have bought every version of this book and am really disappointed with this one. We just switched to SQL 2000 and bought this book so that we'd have a good reference. What a terrible letdown. Things missing:
1. XML coverage 2. Distributed partioned views 3. New data types 4. Security 5. High availability enhancements 6. Transact-SQL enhancements (for example, new trigger types)
There's more info in the BOL on each of these than in this book, and that shouldn't be. IMO, these are all core subjects. If XML is as central to Microsoft's plans as they say, you'd think that this book they've put out would at least mention it, but it doesn't....
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on August 22, 2001
I thought the first book in the series, for v6.5, was a terrific work. It was comprehensive, very readable, and truly seemed like Inside info. The v7 book was a bit of a step back, but had some little new stuff that it was still not bad. But now this is just getting annoying - this is yet another rehash, but manages to LOSE good information, without adding much of anything of significance. I hope MS Press can convince Ron Soukup to return to do the next version - as his original work was SO much better than this retread.
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on April 19, 2001
I liked the 6.5 version of this book. The 7.0 one was pretty useful too. But theproblem with this one is that its too much like the 7.0 book. I feel like I've just paid for the same book twice. Whole chapters are virtually identical. Why put out a 2000 book if you're not going to cover it fully? Not only should XML be there, but so should federated servers, security, and a host of other things. A real letdown...
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on January 12, 2002
I really get tired of books that just take people's money. This one is just a repeat of the version 7 book. There's nothing new here at all. Some pages are word-for-word with the previous one. That would be okay if it was sold as a second edition but it's not. I bought it expecting the new features in 2000 to be covered but they're not. No SQLXML, no multi-instancing - none of it. A real disappointment.
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on August 18, 2001
This book is heavy enough, but repeats so much of the 7.0 book that it's really not as comprehensive as it might appear or that it should be. There are far too many 2000 topics that are completely absent (not just XML, as some have noted, but also high availability, replication, new data types, new database options, and many others). On top of that, the book is boring. It reads like a very long whitepaper.
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on June 13, 2001
This is too much like SQL Server 7. If it said SQL Server 7 on the cover or just SQL Server, I suppose that would be ok. But it says SQL Server 2000.
I agree with the other reviews that say its boring. Its very, very boring - its a tough read. You can't just sit down with it - it will put you to sleep.
Also there's no XML info. There should be lots of it. Its just a real disappointment.
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on January 12, 2002
Hardbound or not, this is really just a whitepaper (or a collection of them). I recognize almost all of it from other sources - TechNet, the v7.0 book, MS whitepapers, etc. I suppose I'd be ok with that if the book did what its title implies - cover SQL 2000. But it doesn't. None of the new features are covered at all. My advice is not to waste your time-money on this one.
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on June 21, 2001
This book is so horrible. It represents the worst in technical books these days. It's dreadfully dry - like put you to sleep dry. It's redundant. Most if not all of the info in this book is also in the Books Online. Delaney doesn't write well and the book lacks technical depth - it's laughably bad.
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