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Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers by Brian Syverson and Joel Murach is an introduction to SQL Server 2012 and to developing key T-SQL (Transaction SQL) skills to become a successful developer. T-SQL is the language used by SQL Server to communicate with SQL Server databases. This book continues the Murach philosophy of using twinned pages to enhance the learning experience by repeating and enhancing the information on the first page with information on the facing page. I like this approach as it helps to reinforce the concepts being presented. The book contains 23 chapters that are divided into five sections. There are also three appendixes that cover installing the examples used in the book and presenting suggested coding standards. The book also highlights changes made to SQL Server starting with SQL Server 2005. While the changes made to each new SQL Serve... (more)

Book Review: Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

While this book was designed to be used by Windows System Administrators, any developer who has ever needed to write a batch (.bat) file will welcome with open arms the flexibility and power provided by Windows PowerShell. This book is up to date covering all the way through PowerShell version 5. There are 24 chapters that cover a wide array of topics. In addition, any developer who has worked with the .NET framework will enjoy PowerShell, which is a command-line interface built on the .NET Framework. Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours Publisher: Sams Publishing; Pape... (more)

Microsoft .NET XML Web Services Step by Step

If you are a beginner and want to learn about creating XML Web services from a very structured and detailed perspective then you'll want to look at this book. The authors present the material by building a Web service that will validate credit cards. Each chapter builds upon the one before it to give the user a good foundation in creating Web services using both HTTP and SOAP protocols. The development tool used to build the clients and Web services is Visual Studio.NET. I recommend using Visual Studio 2003 because the wizard for adding Web references is much improved compared to... (more)

.NET Book Review — Best Kept Secrets in .NET

Lately, it seems that every computer book that you find is a weighty tome of at least 500 or 600 pages. You groan just thinking about having to schlep another monster-size book around. It is so nice then to inform you that sometimes good things do come in small packages. This book, while only 200 pages, contains lots of nuggets that will appeal to all levels of developers. Chapter one covers an exhaustive list of navigation short cuts that you will find in Visual Studio 2003. If you want to master getting around in Visual Studio, this is a great chapter to have nearby. I would urg... (more)

Book Review: Murach’s SQL Server 2008 for Developers

Murach's SQL Server 2008 for Developers is an upgrade from an earlier version that was written for SQL Server 2005. It employs the Murach approach of dual pages that repeat and enhance the concepts being presented on each page. As the authors have done with previous releases of SQL Server, this book serves as a good review and as an introduction to the new features added to SQL Server 2008. In addition, because of the relative newness of SQL Server 2005, they also point out features that were added with that release as well. The book has 22 chapters that are divided into five sect... (more)