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Murach’s SQL Server 2008 for Developers

by Bryan Syverson and Joel Murach
22 chapters, 778 pages, 336 illustrations
Published October 2010
ISBN 978-1-890774-51-6
eBook: $34.00
List Price: $42.50 Save 20%

Please note that this book has been replaced by Murach’s SQL Server 2012 for Developers. As a result, you should only buy it if you’re still using SQL Server 2008 or if this version is required by a course.

When we published the first edition of this book, we heard from plenty of people who thought it was a great way to learn SQL Server from scratch. But we also heard from a lot of experienced developers who read it and were amazed to discover how much they didn’t know about SQL. That’s why we’ve dubbed this book "the SQL book that most developers don’t even know they need."

Murach's SQL Server 2008 for Developers surprised me when I read it. It is extremely easy to read, and I was impressed by its coverage of SQL fundamentals. At the same time, its discussion of the newest features of the 2008 release, like the new Merge function, were clear and detailed. This book is an excellent first book on SQL for those new to the art, and can provide a complete reference for people who have years of experience."

Glenn Gordon, Manager of New Systems Development,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York

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Who this book is for

This book was written for SQL Server 2008. If you’re working with a later release of SQL Server, please see the current edition of this book:

Murach’s SQL Server # 2012 for Developers

To view the table of contents for this book in a PDF, just click on the link below:

Table of Contents

Book examples and exercises

  • The databases that are used in the book examples and exercises
  • The scripts for every SQL statement presented in the book,
  • The C# projects presented in chapters 19 through 22
  • Visual Basic versions of the C# projects in chapters 19 through 22

Appendix B in the book describes how to install and use these files.

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Why do I get an error about a version mismatch when I try to attach the databases for this book?

This error occurs when you have an older version of SQL Server (besides the 2008 version) installed on your system. Often, you aren’t even aware that this older version is on your system because the software was installed as part of another product, such as Visual Studio.

To solve this problem, you can use the SQL Server Configuration Manager to view the instances of SQL Server that are running on your computer. This lets you view their names. Then, you can use the SQL Server Management Studio to connect to the correct instance. After you connect, you can make sure you are connected to the correct version by viewing the version number of the server in the Object Explorer window.

Here's how the version numbers correspond to the product names:

Version 9.x > SQL Server 2005
Version 10.x > SQL Server 2008

To view the corrections for this book in a PDF, just click on this link: View the corrections

Then, if you find any other errors, please email us so we can correct them in the next printing of the book. Thank you!

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