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SQL Server 2005 Distilled by Eric L. Brown

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Chapter 1. Introduction to SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 was the most-awaited release of Microsoft’s SQL Server product line. After millions of e-mails, hundreds of specifications, and dozens of builds, SQL Server 2005 promises to be the most dramatic new database platform for Windows-based database applications. This book is a guided tour of the essential new features of the entire SQL Server 2005 product. It covers the Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) technologies as well as the Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) technologies, and almost everything in between. Microsoft left no part of its flagship database product untouched. More than five years in the making, SQL Server 2005 is a completely different technology than its predecessors. ...

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