If you are looking to be a Microsoft certified MSSQL expert, go buy these books. Here we present you 10 BEST Mssql books to study with. We hope the above list of top selling books for MSSQL helps you very much. Enjoy. Find out more book recommendations here.
The Training Kit
The Training Kit by Orin Thomas, Peter Ward and Bob Taylor will help you to prepare for the Microsoft certification test. This should be the last book in your reading list after you gain great amount of knowledge and skills in MSSQL.
Since this is a exam prep book, it has good number of practice tests. Besides those practice tests, the book covers SQL server installation and configuration, maintenance of database, optimization and troubleshooting, data management and security.
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Step by Step by Patrick LeBlanc is another great book from Microsoft Press.
It will help you in gaining skills and knowledge about installation and functioning of MSSQL’s core components, helpful tools, table creation, index structuring, data manipulation, retrieval, security, management, back up, recovery options, integration of high performance applications and clustering. The book also discusses log shipping and database mirroring. If you look for SQL Server, SQL and database management system then Patrick LeBlanc’s book will be good resource for you.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 by Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein comes with CD Rom. It contains free version of SQL performance and tuning software shots, code samples, scripts and additional 15 chapters.
The main book content covers understanding of the MSSQL Server 2008, server environment, R2s new features, SQL Server management, SQL Studio, command line query tools, powershell, replication, database mail, objects, configuration, profiler, XML, XQuery and so on. The book contains great deal of information in security, encryption, integration, reporting, enhancement and LINQ.
Itzik Ben Gan’s Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High Performance is a book for advanced developers. It is focused on describing a specific aspect from the SQL fraternity. Published by Microsoft Press in paperback and Kindle format the book content are comprised of details on traditional query approach, set calculations, rank, distribution, offset, hypothetical set development, inverse distribution functions, standardization of SQL, sequencing, paging and filtering.
The list also have indexing, pivoting, partitioning, ordering, coverage, indexing, Windows Spool optimization, intervals, totals, gaps and medians described in it.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
The next book in our list is also from the same author and it titles Microsoft SQL Server . Main content of the book includes programmable objects with T-SQL, data consistency control, deadlock mitigation, block, advancing techniques like pivoting, grouping, sets, window functions and merge, deletion and update and insertion.
The author did not went repetitive in this book. His attempts were to give the best on code simplification, table expressions, joins, multiple tables query, subqueries, data integrity, database tables and T-SQL practices. For database management systems, SQL and SQL server the book is important one.
Beginning SQL Server 2008
APress’s Beginning SQL Server 2008 for Developers by Robin Dewson is a good piece for beginners. Surely going by the book you will not become overnight expert but you will find helpful materials inside the book to take you to the expert level.
The book will teach you about installing and managing SQL server, creating and securing tables, query performance improvement, recovery process, backup, transact SQL and etc.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Our next bestseller book is Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant authored by William Stanek. It is available in paperback and Kindle format and published by Microsoft Press. The book primarily discusses database management systems, SQL and SQL Server.
Since this is a pocket edition the book covered specific functional aspects in its content and discussed about backup, recover, automatic maintenance, server activity monitoring, performance tuning and security and access. All the functional aspects are covered here, even to that the policy based implementation , configuration, management, server tuning, SQL service and client handling. It can turn out to be your favorite companion for SQL.
Beginning Microsoft SQL
The next book in the list is Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming by Paul Atkinson and Robert Vieira. Like other books we discussed here this one too have similar content and discussions detailed inside.
Its additional matters combine with cloud computing, connectivity enhancement, security compliance, data replication and warehousing. Published by Wrox the Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is an efficient one.
Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner’s Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 from Microsoft Press is a beginners guide book. If you do not have any idea about SQL Server and its related topics them consider to read the book to get good level of understanding about it.
The book will help in theoretically conceptualize your conceptions of SQL Server and at the same time it will develop your skills in server management.
Training Kit -461
We started our list with an exam prep book and we are ending the same with another exam prep book. It is Training Kit (Exam 70 – 461) by Dejan Sarka, Itzik Ben Gan and Ron Talmage. This book tops all the rest under SQL server, SQL and database management systems categories.
It contains more than seven hundred pages and a good number of them are problem solving based. It covers creation of database objects, working with data, data modification and troubleshooting of queries and queries optimization.
This book is recommended when you started to pose competitive knowledge and skill in SQL server operation, maintenance and management.