This book is an update of an earlier version that was written for SQL Server
2000. It employs the Murach approach of dual pages that repeat and enhance
the concepts being presented on each page. If you're new to SQL Server 2005
you'll gain a lot from this book. It has three goals: to teach T-SQL
(Transact SQL), introduce you to the new .NET CLR integration, and introduce
you to the new graphical user interface called SQL Server Management Studio
that replaces the enterprise manager and query analyzer that were part of the
SQL Server 2000 package of software tools. The authors do a really good job
of covering the basics of this new interface. They also provide handy
appendices to show you how to install the software required by this book as
well as how to install the sample databases and files.
If you've worked with T-SQL in SQL Server 2000, you'll see that few new
The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers,
how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book.
The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of
CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text styling, image design
elements, navigation, tabular data, forms and user interfaces, CSS
positioning basics and CSS for layout. The topics in each chapter are laid
out in the form of a question followed by one or more solutions and then a
discussion explaining why that solution was offered. Here is an exa... (more)
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... (more)
Making the Technical Sale
I came upon this book under very odd circumstances, to say the least. I am a
developer first and foremost, so the suggestion by my employer that I sit
through a half-day seminar on the art of making technical sales was greeted
with less than enthusiasm.
Thankfully, the speaker turned out to be a fellow techie - none other than
Rick Greenwald, author of several highly technical O'Reilly books about
Oracle database technologies. Once I knew this, I was prepared to at least
Rick shared with us numerous tips and tricks about making technical sales, ... (more)
Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET
Ms. Prince's goal in writing this book is to teach beginners how to develop
simple but complete Windows applications. She shows users how to code, test,
and debug their applications as well. The book is divided into five sections.
The first section teaches you how to code and test object-oriented programs.
The second section teaches you how to develop graphical user interfaces. The
third section introduces you to .NET classes, arrays, structures, and XML.
The fourth section touches upon database development using ADO.NET. For the
examples in t... (more)