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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Books on SQL 2008

From what I have seen there are are two basic types of tech learners: the book learners and the "learn as you go" crowd. I lean toward the learn as you go crowd in that I enjoy jumping in with both feet and playing around with a product, then reading about it later. The playing around gives me more context for the books.

Anyway, I picked up a few books to start reading up on SQL 2008 to augment my playing around. At the office I have Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration since initially management and administration will be my focus for work. I have barely started it, but the chapter overviews look promising.

At home I have two more books. I started reading Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals because from what I have read online, it is an excellent book for really understanding the guts of how SQL Server works. I'm only in Chapter 1, but my quick overview of the book looks promising.

The third book, which I have not started, is Microsoft SQL Server 2008-Database Development which is preparation for the 70-433 MCTS exam. I have never received a Microsoft certification, but I think it is time that I start down that road. Due to my current title of Database Developer this seemed like a good MCTS to start with. Since this one is the least important for me ramping up the installation, setup, and maintenance of SQL 2008, it will probably be the last book I read.

I'll post my impressions of the books as I finish them. And if you have any good book recommendations, feel free to post them in the comments.

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