Introduction

This book walks you through your first steps in T-SQL (also known as Transact-SQL), which is the Microsoft SQL Server dialect of the ISO and ANSI standards for SQL. You’ll learn the theory behind T-SQL querying and programming and how to develop T-SQL code to query and modify data, and you’ll get an overview of programmable objects.

Although this book is intended for beginners, it is not merely a set of procedures for readers to follow. It goes beyond the syntactical elements of T-SQL and explains the logic behind the language and its elements.

Occasionally, the book covers subjects that may be considered advanced for readers who are new to T-SQL; therefore, those sections are optional reading. If you already feel comfortable with the ...

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