SQL SERVER – Mastering the Basics – Igniting Learning – A Unique Learning Experience

It has been my lifelong dream to be an author, and recently I have seen that goal realized three times.  One of the books I am most proud of is SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers. When I wrote SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers – I had very clear idea what my goals were in the book. I believed in unique learning experience.

My goals were simple:

  1. Mastering the Basics
  2. Igniting Learning

I am very fortunate that my co-author shares the same love and passion for the SQL Server community. Vinod Kumar always believed in my same two goals. Our combined passion for the subject made writing this book a pleasant, even invigorating experience. We always felt this urge to help community and those who are eager to learn more. Years of learning the basics and practicing advanced technology led us to believe that learning the basics is sometimes the most difficult task of all. Once someone masters the basics, advanced concepts come easy. We have kept this in mind as we wrote this book.

A Book for Everyone

This book is not just for people who are looking to get their first job in the information technology field.  If you do not have an upcoming interview, if you already work in the field, but have questions about SQL Server or know that there are topics you should brush up on, then this is the book for you.

You don’t have to have a certain level of experience to get a lot from this book, either.  If you are a beginner you will not be totally confused by the topics – in fact, we tried to lay out the book for beginners.  However, experts will also find a lot to learn in these pages. Too.

Philosophy of the Book

We believe that this book will give advanced users a refresher and beginners a good learning point. We believe that after reading this book, our readers would be ignited to learn more. The goal of this book was not to tell you everything but to tell you enough so that you can learn yourself. Here is the hidden philosophy behind the book:

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Source Unknown

Our goal in writing this book was to give our readers a SQL Server fishing pole.  They can then learn how to “fish out” the good answers and solutions to their problems.  This book does not list the most common problems (and interview questions) and then give a long list about exactly what to do.  The point of this book was to teach the readers to think for themselves – and feed themselves for a lifetime.

Mastering the Basics

Recently someone asked me if they could pass an interview just by reading this book. The answer is – interviews are a complex process. One’s goal should not be to merely pass the interview. The goal should be to demonstrate your knowledge and find the right appropriate way to apply your learning. Think of it this way, before attempting to pass an interview just by remembering the right answers – ask yourself if you will be able to perform the real world tasks – the answer can be complex. How about this – learn all you can about the real work job before you go to the interview, and master the subject. Now when you go to the interview or to the real world job, you will always demonstrate superior quality and the ability to perform the necessary tasks.

Igniting Learning

Well, our book is exactly the same. It tells you what you should learn in depth, what you should know in the real world, what kind of information you should collect and master before you go on that interview. Do not use this book as a tool to pass the interview – it will not work that way – consider the book as ‘learning path’. Take each topic covered in the book and dwell on it, think about it and digest it slowly and masterfully. The book is designed in such a way that every important topic has enough reference material listed right below it. You can use the references listed there or do your own search on the subject. Just make sure that the learning experience is complete.

Real World Experience

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In a tough job market, it can be easy to look at a job advertisement and think to yourself, “I could do that job.”  You might know just a little bit about a subject, and you think that if you study hard enough you will sound smart enough to get the job, and then later you can learn all you can about the subject.  However, while our book will certainly help with the “sounding smart” part, you will also find that it encourages you to really learn SQL Server before that interview – with lots of real world examples and pointers advanced learning.  We encourage everyone to think about the job they want and love, and go for it.  Don’t look at book as just a way to get a job.


We are constantly flooded with numerous emails, positive comments and constructive feedback. We are overwhelmed that almost everybody has understood the philosophy behind the book. SQL Server experts have told us that this book has helped them remember the basics and many have sent us questions to incorporate into the next versions. We believe the success of this concept is the positive energy which we have received from all of YOU!

Here are few blog posts about the book:

1) Review by Nakul Vachhrajani – Good, portable book with easy to understand language on SQL Server Interview Questions & Answers

2) Review by Paras Doshi – Book Review: SQL server Interview Questions and Answers by Pinal Dave and Vinod Kumar.

 3) Review by Madhivanan SQL Server MVP  – Book Review – SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers

This book is available worldwide, here is the information about book – SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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7 Comments. Leave new

  • Hi Pinal,

    Where to get this book? Is it avail in any online store? If so pls give me the details.

  • Congratulations! It’s all about strong foundation, and I think your passion for learning and so as your virtues reflected on your book. Sometimes due to creative overflow, or a lot of techie-factors we tend to forget the basics.

  • Nice work Pinal and Vinod Kumar on the book. Hopefully one day i can contribute for a chapter in a book written by you folks.

  • Jalpesh Vadgama
    December 23, 2011 12:21 am

    First of all congratulations Pinal and Vinod for you book. I will definitely going to read this book.

    I am also believe in same mastering basics if you master the basics then advance topics will be very easy for you.


  • ChiragSatasiya
    December 24, 2011 7:48 pm

    Hi pinal sir,

    Thanks to you and vinod kumar for this book.

    Chirag Satasiya

  • Dear Sir
    how can i get this book ? is it available in the market

  • Ravindra Uniyal
    December 28, 2012 6:08 pm

    helo sir i did mca and i want make my career in as a sql server developer please guide me what to do or any good learning centre in NCR to learn ms sql sever and what are the other career option related to ms sql server..
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