Beginning SQL Server 2008 for Developers: From Novice to Professional – Robin Dewson – 1st Edition

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Beginning SQL Server 2008 for Developers is the starting-point in the Apress roadmap of titles for developers who wish to base their projects upon Microsoft’s flagship system.

The book takes developers from the point of installing SQL Server 2008; through the process of storing; retrieving; and securing data; to the point of being able to serve up business reports using SQL Server 2008 Reporting .

The author has been hooked on programming ever since he bought his first ; a Sinclair ZX80; in 1980. He maintains visibility in the field through his website and his other books.

SQL Server 2008 is a first–rate database management system. It offers more capability than any previous release of SQL Server. More than just a classic relational database management system; SQL Server 2008 includes exciting and powerful features that make it useful for everything from large corporate data warehouses to ad hoc departmental databases. You’ll find enhanced support for XML; new support for spatial data; transparent data encryption; a policy–based management system; and more.

Author and developer Robin Dewson will show you the way from beginner to SQL Server 2008 professional. Learn to install SQL Server 2008 and navigate around Management Studio before getting right to the heart of mastering fundamental SQL Server 2008 tasks: creating tables; storing data; securing data; and retrieving it again. Dewson ensures you’ll be fully prepared to use all the basics and create a solid foundation for your own projects.

Don’t forget about backups! Your database will house important data; so backing up is essential to protect yourself from inevitable hardware failure. Dewson walks you through SQL Server 2008’s easy–to–use backup and recovery feature set; giving you the grounding that you need in order to set up a reliable plan for recovery in your own environment.

Learn to use Transact–SQL; a full–blown procedural language that is built right into the database system. Transact–SQL is the key to unlocking everything that SQL Server 2008 has to offer. Using Transact–SQL; you can write centrally encapsulated business through the use of stored procedures; automatically trigger through the use of triggers; and manipulate data within the server without having to move data back and forth across the .

Finally; you’ll learn a bit about SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services; a powerful tool that allows enterprise reporting. Reporting Services enables you to develop and serve reports across your organization and even to business partners outside your company. Reporting Services also gives end users the ability to create their own reports; helping them transform business data into valuable; usable information to guide their day–to–day decisions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: SQL Server 2008 Overview and Installation
Chapter 2: SQL Server Management Studio
Chapter 3: Database Design and Creation
Chapter 4: Security and Compliance
Chapter 5: Defining Tables
Chapter 6: Creating Indexes and Database Diagramming
Chapter 7: Database Backups, Recovery, and Maintenance
Chapter 8: Working with the Data
Chapter 9: Building a View
Chapter 10: Stored Procedures and Functions
Chapter 11: T-SQL Essentials
Chapter 12: Advanced T-SQL
Chapter 13: Triggers
Chapter 14: SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
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