Introduction

Welcome to the SQL Server 2012 Bible. SQL Server is an incredible database product that offers an excellent mix of performance, reliability, ease of administration, and new architectural options, yet enables the developer or DBA to control minute details. SQL Server is a dream system for a database developer.

If there's a theme to SQL Server 2012, it's this: enterprise-level excellence. SQL Server 2012 opens several new possibilities to design more scalable and powerful systems. The first goal of this book is to share with you the pleasure of working with SQL Server.

Like all books in the Bible series, you can expect to find both hands-on tutorials and real-world practical applications, as well as reference and background information that provide a context for what you are learning. However, to cover every minute detail of every command of this complex product would consume thousands of pages, so it is the second goal of this book to provide a concise yet comprehensive guide to SQL Server 2012. By the time you have completed the SQL Server 2012 Bible, you will be well prepared to develop and manage your SQL Server 2012 database and BI environment.

Some of you are repeat readers of this series (thanks!) and are familiar with the approach from the previous SQL Server Bibles. Even though you might be familiar with this approach, you will find several new features in this edition, including the following:

  • A What's New sidebar in most chapters presents a timeline of the ...

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