Introduction

This book and its prequel—Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Querying—cover advanced T-SQL querying, query tuning, and programming in Microsoft SQL Server 2008. They are designed for experienced programmers and DBAs who need to write and optimize code in SQL Server 2008. For brevity, I’ll refer to the books as T-SQL Querying and T-SQL Programming, or just as these books.

Those who read the SQL Server 2005 edition of the books will find plenty of new material covering new subjects, new features, and enhancements in SQL Server 2008, plus revisions and new insights about the existing subjects.

These books focus on practical common problems, discussing several approaches to tackle each. You will be introduced to many polished techniques ...

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