Beginning T-SQL 2008 by Kathi Kellenberger
Beginning T-SQL 2008 is one of the best books on the market if you are just beginning to work with Microsoft SQL, or have a little bit of experience and need to learn more quickly.
Each chapter of the book introduces a new subject, and builds upon topics covered in previous chapters. The author of the book, Kathi Kellenberger understands that you need to form a solid foundation of knowledge before moving on to new topics, and sets up each subject nicely. Because the chapters move in an orderly progression, you continue to use skills you learned earlier.
One of the best features of Beginning T-SQL 2008 is that each chapter has multiple examples and exercises. Many books introduce a topic and then never go back to it. This book gives enough examples that you will be familiar with the subject when you come across it in real life. The exercises at the end of the chapter mean that you will be using the skills you learned – and there is no better way to cement a subject in your brain.
The book also includes discussions of the common errors that programmers will come across, how to avoid them, and how to fix them if they happen. Ms. Kellenberger understands that not only do mistakes happen, but they are bound to happen if you aren’t trained properly. Mistakes are part of the learning process!
The book begins by discussions relational theory, so that programmers will understand the way T-SQL works from the ground up. It also walks readers through writing accurate queries, combining set-based and procedural processing, embedding logic in stored functions, and so much more.
Overall, the main goal of Beginning T-SQL 2008 is to introduce novices to SQL programming, and quickly familiarize them with the basics of running the program. The book is written with the idea that readers will not know any of the technical terms or vocabulary. However, if you are a little more familiar with SQL and looking to become better, you will still find this book very helpful.
Ratting: 4.5+ Stars
Summary: I must recommend Beginning T-SQL 2008 highly enough. If you are going to buy any beginners guide to Transect-SQL, this is the one you should spend your money on. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort later by using this very affordable manual to learn the basics, which will allow you to become an expert much faster.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)