Synopses & Reviews
Starting simply and gradually progressing to increasingly advanced topics, this introduction to the SQL Server database focuses on what is distinctive about the SQL environment—SQL Server 2008, in particular—versus other programming environments. Author Robert Vieira draws on his experience as one of the leading authorities on Microsoft SQL Server and uses his unique tutorial approach to explain the significant changes to the fundamental core components of SQL Server 2008.
You'll begin with an overview of database design concepts and learn how to implement these fundamental concepts with Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Then, you'll take a look at the role of an RDBMS (relational database management system) and where it fits in the grand scheme of system development. Thorough coverage of the key additions and changes to the 2008 version of SQL Server include discussions on DATE and TIME datatypes, hierarchyID datatypes, MERGE and multiple inserts, recursive queries, and more. With this book, you will conquer the many changes and challenges of Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
What you will learn from this book
- How RDBMSs store, manage, and retrieve data
Ways to create and alter tables
Various "forms" of database normalization
Techniques for writing scripts and working with stored procedures
The positives and negatives of indexes
Myriad consequences that locks and deadlocks have on system performance
An understanding of triggers and how they are used
Who this book is for
This book is for developers who are looking for a complete introduction to database design concepts and learning SQL. A basic understanding of development fundamentals is helpful.
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Beginning SQL Server 2008 Programming
provides a comprehensive introduction to SQL Server. The book begins with a quick overview of database design basics and the SQL query language, for those programmers who may be building their first Microsoft database application. It also provides an overview of SQL Server itself. The author then proceeds to show how to implement these fundamental concepts with Microsoft SQL Server 2008. The author covers such essential topics as:
• Creating and changing tables.
• Managing keys.
• Database normalization.
• Writing scripts.
• Working with stored procedures.
• Programming with XML.
• Using SQL Server Reporting and Integration Services.
For the SQL Server 2008 edition, key additions and changes include:
- DATE, TIME datatypes, and a discussion of the new time related functionality
- HierarchyID data type, and a discussion of hierarchical data
- Enhanced coverage of the XML data type
- MERGE and multiple inserts in one INSERT statement
- Recursive queries
- Others to be determined as more complete CTPs become available.
In addition, the author will update all examples using Microsoft's current AdventureWorks sample database. The final book is expected to be about 20 to 25ew and revised. Note that this Beginning book is designed to complement the author's Professional SQL Server 2008 Programming.
- This comprehensive introduction to SQL Server begins with an overview of database design basics and the SQL query language along with an in-depth look at SQL Server itself
- Progresses on to a clear explanation of how to implement fundamental concepts with the new 2008 version of SQL Server
- Discusses creating and changing tables, managing keys, writing scripts, working with stored procedures, programming with XML, using SQL Server Reporting and Integration Services, and more
- Features updated and new material, including new examples using Microsoft's AdventureWorks sample database
About the Author
Experiencing his first infection with computing fever in 1978, Rob Vieira knew right away that this was something “really cool.” In 1980 he began immersing himself in the computing world more fully — splitting time between building and repairing computer kits, and programming in Basic as well as Z80 and 6502 assembly. In 1983, he began studies for a degree in Computer Information Systems, but found the professional mainframe environment too rigid for his tastes, and dropped out in 1985 to pursue other interests. Later that year, he caught the “PC bug” and began the long road of programming in database languages from dBase to SQL Server. Rob completed a degree in Business Administration in 1990, and since has typically worked in roles that allow him to combine his knowledge of business and computing. Beyond his Bachelor’s degree, he has been certified as a Certified Management Accountant as well as Microsoft Certified as a Solutions Developer (MCSD), Trainer (MCT), and Database Administrator (MCDBA). Rob is currently the DBA Team Lead for the Stockamp practice of The Huron Consulting Group in Portland, Oregon, and makes occasional speaking appearances on database development, business intelligence, and other topics. He resides with his youngest daughter Adrianna (aka Addy, aka Trillian, aka “T”) in Vancouver, WA.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: RDBMS Basics: What Makes Up a SQL Server Database?
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 3: The Foundation Statements of T-.
Chapter 4: JOINs.
Chapter 5: Creating and Altering Tables.
Chapter 6: Constraints.
Chapter 7: Adding More to Our Queries.
Chapter 8: Being Normal: Normalization and Other Basic Design Issues.
Chapter 9: SQL Server Storage and Index Structures.
Chapter 10: Views.
Chapter 11: Writing Scripts and Batches.
Chapter 12: Stored Procedures.
Chapter 13: User-Defined Functions.
Chapter 14: Transactions and Locks.
Chapter 15: Triggers.
Chapter 16: A Brief XML Primer.
Chapter 17: Reporting for Duty, Sir! A Look At Reporting Services.
Chapter 18: Getting Integrated with Integration Services.
Chapter 19: Playing Administrator.
Appendix A: System Functions.
Appendix B: Very Simple Connectivity Examples.