Even if you have little or no knowledge of T-SQL, Beginning T-SQL 2008 will bring you up to intermediate level and teach you best practices along the way. You''ll learn how to write code that will help you to achieve the best-performing applications possible.
You''ll find an introduction to databases, normalization, and SQL Server Management Studio. You''ll understand how data is stored in a database and learn how to use at least one of the available tools to get to that data.
Each subsequent chapter teaches an aspect of T-SQL, building on the skills learned in previous chapters. Exercises are included in each chapter because the only way to learn T-SQL is to write some code.
This book will do more than just give the syntax and examples. It will teach you techniques to help you avoid common errors and create robust and well-performing code.
Imparts best practices for writing T-SQL
Helps readers avoid common errors
Shows how to write scalable code that yields good performance
What you''ll learn
Understand the fundamentals of relational theory, upon which Transact-SQL is based
Write accurate queries that are scalable and perform well
Combine set-based and procedural processing, obtaining the best from both worlds
Embed business logic in your database through stored procedures and functions
Simplify your work through new and advanced features such as common-table expressions and virtual tables
Enhance performance by knowing when to apply features such table value parameters
Who is this book for?
This book is for developers who will be writing database applications against SQL Server databases.
About the Apress Beginning Series
The Beginning series from Apress is the right choice to get the information you need to land that crucial entry–level job. These books will teach you a standard and important technology from the ground up because they are explicitly designed to take you from “novice to professional.” You’ll start your journey by seeing what you need to know—but without needless theory and filler. You’ll build your skill set by learning how to put together real–world projects step by step. So whether your goal is your next career challenge or a new learning opportunity, the Beginning series from Apress will take you there—it is your trusted guide through unfamiliar territory!
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