This book especially targets SQL Server Express (SSE), Visual Basic Express (VBE), and Visual Web
Developer Express (VWDE), all of which offer traditional fans of Microsoft technology an inexpensive
and easy route for adapting, learning, and growing professionally. As their names suggest, these
products are all compact versions of the full-blown products, and as such are easily downloaded
from the Microsoft website, allowing you to try them out without any major investment of time or
money. This also makes it easy for you to get the latest versions as soon as they are available without
having to rely on other sources.
In addition, using the Express suite components that form the focus of this book is a great way
for new developers and database administrators (or those who are new to Microsoft software) to
learn about the latest Microsoft technologies.
Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express Database Applications with Visual Basic Express and Visual
Web Developer Express From Novice to Professional gives you a solid introduction to these new technologies.
After finishing this book, you will have had exposure to database, Visual Basic, and web
development techniques. This book is both
• An introduction to SSE, VBE, and VWDE
• A cookbook that is full of practical examples for developing database solutions
The code samples and sample solutions in this book show you how to perform tasks that you will
need to do as you build solutions for yourself, your colleagues, and small to mid-sized organizations.
While this book systematically explores how to perform many new and traditional database
development topics, it does not exhaustively cover every new feature. The presentation of SSE
emphasizes how to use T-SQL, Microsoft’s implementation of Structured Query Language (SQL).
You’ll learn how to use T-SQL to formulate query statements, design data manipulation statements,
and perform selected database administration topics. The integration of the .NET Framework into
SSE is mentioned in the book. However, it is my belief that those migrating to SSE from MSDE,
Access, earlier versions of SQL Server, or competitive database packages, will initially benefit the
most from learning how to perform tasks with T-SQL.