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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

PASS Book List

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been trying to include a SQL related book in the bi-weekly Connector. Basically I hit Amazon and search for SQL Server, look for a book that has been recently published (and is shipping!), then try to make sure I’m alternating publishers so what we don’t play favorites. Sanj at PASS HQ put up a page at http://www.sqlpass.org/LearningCenter/NewsletterArchive/BookReviews.aspx that lists the ones we featured so far, interesting to look at, and makes it easier for me to keep track of which publishers we’ve featured lately. No complicated algorithm, no web service, no fee to get a book listed, just me scrolling the list and picking one that I think the members might be interested to hear about.

Comments

Posted by Steve Jones on 23 September 2009

I'd love to see reviews at PASS of books. We don't do many here, and not sure it's worth paying for, but I bet volunteers would write them if PASS got publishers to ship a copy.

Posted by Andy Warren on 23 September 2009

Its still on my list to revisit, the challenge has been that the publishers want to provide the books to PASS and then on to the reviewer from there. In practice that hasn't worked out well. I keep thinking that an effort to acrue some representative reviews from Amazon and elsewhere and link to the books might be interesting, but ultimately I come back to - are we adding more value than just pointing someone to Amazon?

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