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SQL Server 2000 Black Book

By Steve Jones,

SQL Server 2000 Black Book

by Patrick Dalton and Paul Whitehead

3 Stars -

A friend of mine has the Windows 2000 Black book and really likes it. The format of that book is a large number of problems that commonly occur and the solutions to them. For many of the items listed, these solutions provide quick solutions. Not always, but often.

With the experiences from that book, I was really looking forward to the SQL Server 2000 Black Book. When I finally got this book and started digging in, I was surprised.

This book describes itself as a reference for intermediate to advanced DBAs or developers who need to research a problem or find out what tools can be used to solve a problem. As an experienced SQL Server user (10+ years), I was really disappointed. I found this book to be light in covering most topics and would most likely not start researching a problem using this book. This is quite unlike the Windows 2000 Black Book. That book I might very likely start looking through to solve a problem.

The book is organized with the beginning of each chapter discussing a topic in fairly standard textbook form. the end of each chapter has an Immediate Solutions section with step by step instructions to completing exercises that relate to the topic of the chapter.

I cannot comment on the Clustering chapter, as I have not setup any SQL Server clusters, but the rest of the chapters are well organized and written. I like the style of the book and it is laid out well with graphics placed well to assist with understanding the subjects. The step by step exercises are accurate and easily followed.

My complaint with these chapters is that they are fairly light treatment of the topics. Most of the subjects are those that even intermediate DBAs would likely be familiar. I did learn a few things, but not enough to make me want to use this book on a daily basis. I think my expectations were for something different based on the Windows 2000 Black Book and that tainted my view of this book.

If you are new to SQL Server then this might be a good book for you to read to learn about different features and tools available. For an experienced DBA, however, I think there are other books that are more valuable and better suited to everyday references.

Steve Jones
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