Chapter 1. Background to T-SQL Querying and Programming

You’re about to embark on a journey in a land that is like no other—a land that has its own set of laws. Assuming that reading this book is your first step in learning Transact-SQL (T-SQL), you should feel like Alice just before she started her adventures in Wonderland. For me, the journey has not ended; instead it’s an ongoing path filled with new discoveries. I envy you—some of the most exciting discoveries are still ahead of you!

I’ve been involved with T-SQL for many years, teaching, speaking, writing, and consulting about it. For me, T-SQL is more than just ...

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