I’ve been reading through this book and it really does have something for everyone at any level. I think it is truly awesome that this many people have stepped up and donated not only their time but their knowledge to help http://www.WarChild.org!
I’ll have a more in-depth review later this week when I’ve read it cover to cover. From Paul Nielson’s blog: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/paul_nielsen/archive/2009/09/29/53-mvps-warchild-org-and-sqlservermvpdeepdives-com.aspx
GO GET IT! 🙂
I’ve known Joe for a number of years and have a lot of respect for his experience and knowledge around relational database design and the SQL language. Joe is a prolific writer and has been writing about technology since I was in grade school with articles going back into the early 80’s. Not to mention his ten years serving on the ANSI board for SQL standards. I would put Joe’s books between the purely academic text on relational and set based theory and the more popular books out today that don’t always cover some of the dryer materials that newcomers to SQL may find to hard to digest at the More >
I read, a lot. I’ve been a prolific reader all my adult life.
I use to split my reading between tech books and my regular relaxing reading but since I got into audio books several years ago I just pretty much read tech books now. Some times I’ll listen to a book and read a manual at the same time breaking from one or the other if I need to really focus on a particular passage.
This allows me to really chew through a large amount of text in a pretty short amount of time.
I also have a method of digesting the information as well.
When I read a large technical volume I usually do it in three More >
Another excellent blogger here on SSC, Jeffery Yao, has posted up an interesting idea http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/jeffrey_yao/archive/2009/04/20/database-administration-literature-criticism.aspx .
As a PASS chapter leader I often get asked the question, What book do you recommend for SQL Server? Several years ago you could recommend a single book to cover ALL SQL Server topics in depth.
Today you really need to ask specifically what topic you are trying to learn about, and if you are just starting, a seasoned pro trying to learn more or updating your skills to the next More >