Teach yourself how to design and create SQL Server 2008 databases one step at a time. Work at your own pace through the book s practical, skill-building lessons and the hands-on practice files on CD. You ll begin by learning to install and configure SQL Server 2008, design a model database, and work with tables and indexes. Next, you ll learn techniques to manipulate, maintain, and retrieve data. Finally, you ll learn more-advanced techniques, such as using views, functions, and triggers. As you complete each lesson, you can hone your skills using the practice exercises on the companion CD. Plus, you can review and download code samples illustrating the author s own, professional techniques direct from the companion Web site.
Microsoft SQL Server has been Microsoft's flagship database for over 15 years. Before the next version of SQL Server launches, SQL Server 2008 will be celebrating SQL Server's 20th birthday. In that time, SQL Server has grown from handling small departmental tasks to serving up the largest databases on the planet. The release of SQL Server 2000 saw a dramatic evolution of Microsoft SQL Server. No longer a simple "database," Microsoft SQL Server is now a complete data architecture solution capable of handling the data storage and manipulation needs of any organization.