MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-442): Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

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Overview

EXAM PREP GUIDE

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCITP Exam 70-442—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce what you’ve learned by applying your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:

  • Create data access solutions, connections, and models
  • Write database queries, specialized queries, and XQuery expressions
  • Programmatically administer a SQL Server service
  • Design code that validates user data and handles errors
  • Choose appropriate transaction isolation levels and optimize locking
  • Tune query and application performance

PRACTICE TESTS

Assess your skills with practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735623835
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 4/25/2007
  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Morgan, MCSD, MCDBA, specializes in Web-based applications and the author of Building Intelligent .NET Applications: Agents, Data Mining, Rule-Based Systems, and Speech Processing.

Tobias Thernstrom has 13+ years' experience with SQL Server, serves as program manager on the SQL Engine Platform Team at Microsoft, and helped develop several Microsoft certifications for SQL Server.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Exam 70-442: PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005;
About the Authors;
Sara Morgan;
Tobias Thernström;
Ted Malone;
Introduction;
Hardware Requirements;
Software Requirements;
Case Scenarios;
Using the CD and DVD;
Microsoft Certified Professional Program;
Technical Support;
Evaluation Edition Software Support;
Chapter 1: Designing a Data Access Strategy;
1.1 Before You Begin;
1.2 Lesson 1: Designing Data Access Technologies;
1.3 Lesson 2: Designing a Data Access Connection;
1.4 Lesson 3: Designing a Data Access Object Model;
1.5 Case Scenario: Selecting a Data Access Strategy;
1.6 Suggested Practices;
1.7 References;
1.8 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 2: Designing Database Queries;
2.1 Before You Begin;
2.2 Lesson 1: Writing Database Queries;
2.3 Lesson 2: Improving Query Performance;
2.4 Lesson 3: Retrieving Data from XML Sources;
2.5 Case Scenario: Creating a Plan Guide;
2.6 Suggested Practices;
2.7 References;
2.8 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 3: Designing a Cursor and Caching Strategy;
3.1 Before You Begin;
3.2 Lesson 1: Designing Caching Strategies;
3.3 Lesson 2: Designing a Cursor Strategy;
3.4 Lesson 3: Designing Efficient Cursors;
3.5 Case Scenario: Evaluating Cursor Performance;
3.6 Suggested Practices;
3.7 References;
3.8 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 4: Advanced Query Topics;
4.1 Before You Begin;
4.2 Lesson 1: Administering a SQL Server Service;
4.3 Lesson 2: Querying with Multiple Active Result Sets;
4.4 Lesson 3: Performing Asynchronous Processing;
4.5 Case Scenario: Automating a Data-Mining Solution;
4.6 Suggested Practices;
4.7 References;
4.8 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 5: Data Integrity and Error Handling in SQL Server 2005;
5.1 Before You Begin;
5.2 Lesson 1: Validating Data and Permissions;
5.3 Lesson 2: Detecting and Reacting to Errors;
5.4 Case Scenario: Validating Data Integrity;
5.5 Suggested Practices;
5.6 Reference;
5.7 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 6: Designing Transactions and Transaction Isolation;
6.1 Before You Begin;
6.2 Lesson 1: Understanding the Available Transaction Isolation Levels;
6.3 Lesson 2: Designing Transactions and Optimizing Locking;
6.4 Case Scenario: Optimizing Locking;
6.5 Suggested Practices;
6.6 References;
6.7 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 7: Optimizing SQL Server 2005 Performance;
7.1 Before You Begin;
7.2 Lesson 1: Optimizing and Tuning Queries;
7.3 Lesson 2: Optimizing Index Strategies;
7.4 Lesson 3: Optimizing Data Storage;
7.5 Case Scenario: Optimizing Query Performance;
7.6 Suggested Practices;
7.7 References;
7.8 Chapter Summary;
Chapter 8: Improving Database Application Performance;
8.1 Before You Begin;
8.2 Lesson 1: Scale Database Applications;
8.3 Lesson 2: Resolving Performance Problems;
8.4 Case Scenario: Diagnosing a Performance Problem;
8.5 Suggested Practices;
8.6 References;
8.7 Chapter Summary;
Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 1: Selecting a Data Access Strategy;
Chapter 2: Creating a Plan Guide;
Chapter 3: Evaluating Cursor Performance;
Chapter 4: Automating a Data-Mining Solution;
Chapter 5: Validating Data Integrity;
Chapter 6: Optimizing Locking;
Chapter 7: Optimizing Query Performance;
Chapter 8: Diagnosing a Performance Problem;
References;
Design Appropriate Data Access Technologies;
Design an Appropriate Data Access Object Model;
Write Queries;
Design Caching Strategies;
Design a Cursor Strategy;
Design Applications that Administer a SQL Server Service;
Scale Database Applications;
Resolve Performance Problems;
Manage Concurrency by Selecting the Appropriate Transaction Isolation Levels;
Design Code that Uses Transactions;
Optimize and Tune Queries for Performance;
Design Code that Validates Input Data and Permissions;
SQL Server 2005 Architecture and Internals;
Hardware Trends and Their Effect on SQL Server 2005;
SQLOS;
Common Language Runtime (CLR) Host;
SQL Server 2005 Storage Engine;
SQL Server 2005 Query Engine;
SQL Server 2005 Index Internals;
Database Encryption;
Glossary;
Additional SQL Server Resources for Administrators;
Additional SQL Server Resources for Developers;
Additional Resources for Developers: Advanced Topics and Best Practices;
Additional Windows (R2) Resources for Administrators;
System Requirements;
Hardware Requirements;
Software Requirements;

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