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on May 27, 2001
I consider myself an expert SQL Server Database Administrator and hold the MCDBA, MCSE, and MCSD certifications. I consult on VLDB projects for IBM, EDS, and many others.
I recently picked up this book in hopes of getting up to speed with the latest version of Microsoft's award-winning DBMS. Those hopes were quickly dashed as I compared the previous edition with this one and realized they were largely the same.
The biggest hole is the complete lack of XML coverage. You cannot deny that XML is central to SQL Server, and more generally, to Microsoft's future plans (ever hear of .NET?) I suppose we could debate whether XML is "inside" enough to warrant coverage in a book like this, but I'd argue that it definitely is. The support was added to the server itself. You access the XML features from Transact-SQL, which the book makes a half-hearted attempt to cover. For my money, XML should have been covered in this book and covered in-depth.
But XML's absence isn't the only problem with the book. There's no coverage of high-availability topics like clustering, log shipping, and advanced backup/restore options. Instead, the book has only been minorly updated from the previous (version 7.0) edition.
All told, the book has major problems....
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on July 4, 2001
The book is too long and too full of stuff straight out of the BOL to be really useful. There's also way too much academic stuff in here and not enough practical application of it. While it's interesting that an allocation map page controls 512K of other pages, why do I care? In only really isolated, extreme circustances would that matter to me (or if I was building my own SQL Server) and in those cases I'd already be on the phone to Microsoft.
If you cut out all the stuff that's nigh useless to the practitioner, you have very little of a book left. Me, I didn't feel it was worth all the hassle looking through the bad stuff (much of it very dated) to find the good.
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on August 18, 2001
If you compare this book to the other Inside books, you'll find that it's hardly Inside. First and foremost, an Inside book should be comprehensive. This book has holes in it big enough to drive a truck through. The first book - the 6.5 edition - was comprehensive. The problem is: the product has expanded a lot since then. Full text search should be covered. XML should be covered. Replication should be covered. Clustering should be covered. Analysis services should be covered. DTS should be covered. English query should be covered. None of these are. If you have the 6.5 or 7.0 edition of this book, save your money until they update this one a bit more.
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on July 28, 2001
While its true that the book is very similar to the previous edition, I don't think thats necessarily bad. The products are very similar - the books should be to. I have the same problem with this version that I had with the last. There's to much stuff left out. IN the 6.5 version, we got everything that was of any consequence about SQL Server, as is the tradition with the Inside books series. In this one, we only get updates of what was covered in the 6.5 version. The problem is, there are lots more new areas of the product. they shoudl be covered to. The book could be so much better and more useful than it is.
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on January 27, 2002
90% of the stuff in this book can be found elsewhere. First of all, most of it is in the online documentation that comes with Sql Server. Second, nearly all the rest can be downloaded from the MS Web site. Third, anything that's left can be found in other books, including the precursor to this one, Inside Sql Server 7.0. Not only does the book not take you inside Sql Server, it doesn't even include info that you can't find elsewhere. Add to this that Delaney seems like a really inexperienced author and you have a book that's very dull and not very useful.
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on May 27, 2001
What would you expect in a book titled Inside SQL Server 2000? I'd say:
* Discussion of the new data types in SS 2K
* Detailed notes on how XML support is implemented internally and what MS plans to do with it in the future
* Clustering
* Log shipping
* All internal details of SS 2K
If, like me, you have these expectations, prepare to be disappointed. None of them are covered in any depth if at all (XML isn't even in the index). If you're in search of the ultimate tome on SS 2K, you'll have to keep searching.
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on January 10, 2003
I found this one not to be what it was cracked up to be. It's not an internals book about the the product. It's an internals book about *certain* parts of the product. Whole pieces are missing. Where, for example, is the SqlXML internals coverage? Not there? I could list a host of others. I'm so incensed about this that I'm considering returning it. I saw this on a web site that recommended it. I guess I'll have to remember to consider the source on those web sites. The operator is probably a friend of Delaney's.
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on December 16, 2002
It's not that the book is so bad, it's just that it's not that good. There are too many things left out. Where are the *real* details of how the product works? Where's the coverage of sql-xml? Where's the code showing how to make the server work for you? I was expecting something along the lines of Richter, but got something that feels like it was not written by a real practitioner. After reading this, I doubt that Kalen has any experience in the trenches as they say. Sorry, but I just can't recommend this one.
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on June 1, 2001
I read the first version of this book and thought it was really useful. I don't feel that way about this one. It really needs to be updated. Many key SQL Server 2000 topics are not covered at all. Others have mentioned XML. While I agree that this is certainly worthly of an Inside book, I'm more disappointed by the lack of coverage of high-availability features. People would naturally expect features like this to be covered in a book like this, but, alas, they aren't. The book really needs to be updated.
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on January 11, 2003
There's just something missing about this book. I have the 6.5 book and really liked it. Maybe it's the fact that Delaney isn't actually on the Sql development team like Soukup was - I don't know. It's just kinda weak, that's all. I wouldn't say it's not useful, but if you don't already know most of this stuff, you really shouldn't be using the product in the first place. Look elsewhere if you want an in-depth exploration of the internals of the product - it ain't here.
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