Chapter 1. Before you begin

SQL Server is Microsoft’s relational database management system (RDBMS), and it’s at the heart of many corporate applications. Its job is, quite simply, to store data. Application developers write applications that add, remove, and change data constantly. As a major platform component, SQL Server requires a bit of ongoing maintenance—and that’s what this book is designed to teach.

1.1. Is this book for you?

Let’s start by making sure this is the SQL Server book for you. This book doesn’t set out to make you a Database Administrator (DBA), nor does it cover anything in the way of SQL Server development or programming. Instead, this book is meant as a starting point, and from here you could go on to being a DBA or ...

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