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For years, Bill Vaughn's Hitchhiker's Guides have been the secret advantage wielded by thousands of SQL Server application developers. Now Vaughn's thoroughly revamped his classic. His Seventh Edition doesn't just reflect Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 superficially: It truly captures how their improvements enable more robust, high-performance databases.
This go-round, you'll find far more coverage of Visual Studio, now a full-fledged database development environment. (Vaughn illuminates what the tools can and can't do and warns you away from them when necessary. That's the charm of these books: always independent.)
Vaughn also spends more time on the "hows" and "whys" of stored procedures, functions, triggers, user-defined types, and aggregates. And, recognizing that many folks begin developing database applications without formal training, he's also added some outstanding "foundational" material on database architecture and design. The result: an even more useful book for an even wider audience. Bill Camarda, from the January 2007 Read Only