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"Just talked with Microsoft. They were looking for recommendations for texts that support the new MTA certifications. Gave your SQL Server text a strong recommendation. I required the MTA cert as the final exam in the SQL course in the Fall. 15 of 17 passed."
Keith E. Kelly, CIT Developer Program
Coordinator, Northwestern Michigan College; Manager
of LinkedIn Microsoft Technology Associate group for educators
"Murach's SQL Server 2008 for Developers
surprised me when I read it. It is extremely easy to
read, and I was impressed by its coverage of SQL fundamentals.
At the same time, its discussion of the newest features
of the 2008 release, like the new Merge function, were
clear and detailed.
"This book is an
excellent first book on SQL for those new to the art,
and can provide a complete reference for people who
have years of experience. "
Glenn Gordon, Manager of New Systems
Development , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New
"I don't know if the magazine is still published,
but Mac Addict had a product category for 'Freaking
Awesome.' This book deserves this ranking."
Posted at an online bookseller
"After having spent the past few years as a 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.
"This book really
saves me time and effort. This format 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. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to
learn SQL Server 2008."
Jian Huang, Lower Alabama .NET Users
"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.... 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."
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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
Daniel A. Joseph, MIS Professor, New
"Murach's has just updated their great book on
SQL Server for Developers for all the 2008 versions
from Microsoft. Not only does it provide detailed enlightenment
on all the 'tools' like the SQL 2008 Management Studio,
but it's full of practical 'How-DO-I' stuff.
"For example, we
all know that binary or other 'un-typed' data can be
stored in a Table Column of type 'BLOB'. But how do
I get stuff into and out of a BLOB field?
"See Chapter 19 on
working with BLOBS. The intro shows the T-SQL syntax
for INSERT statements to work with a BLOB. But later
in the chapter comes a whole sample application with
Joe Stagner, Misfitgeek.com
"I love Murach's books because they are clearly
written, their example code works, and they give you
a good index so you can go back and find something when
you're under the gun to 'get it done' but your memory
just won't cooperate. This book is no exception...with
778 pages, it will walk a rank beginner through the
simple stuff or show the experienced programmer how
to do that strange job you've never had to do before.
"If you're a developer
who's tasked with using SQL 2008 for your backend work,
you need to put this book on your shelf and keep it
Wallace C. Allison, Birmingham Software