| Brad's Sure Guide to SQL Server 2008 by Brad McGehee|
(1st Edition, September 2008)
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" SQL Server 2008 has hundreds of new features and improvements for Production DBAs, Developer DBAs, and Business Intelligence specialists…in this book I focus on what I thought were the ten most important new features for Production DBAs.– Brad McGehee
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| Editorial Review|
This book describes what I consider to be the top ten most important new features for Production DBAs in SQL Server 2008. As you can imagine, my choices may not match your top ten picks, but I think I have covered many of the key features Production DBAs will find of interest.
The focus of each chapter is to introduce you to the new feature, discuss why you might want to use it, describe how it works, and to provide a simple example. If you find any of these topics of special interest, I suggest you follow up and learn more about them from Books Online, and by experimenting with the new features on a test SQL Server 2008 box. Here are the features that I picked out for inclusion, with a chapter of the book dedicated to each topic:
Learning SQL Server 2008 is not as steep a learning curve as learning SQL Server 2005 was, but neither is it a simple task that you can expect to accomplish overnight. I suggest you reserve a few hours every week for the next several months, devoting them to learning the new features SQL Server 2008, along with the benefits they provide. I hope this book gets you off to a good start.
About the Author
Brad McGehee is a MCSE+I, MCSD, and MCT (former) with a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. Currently the Director of DBA Education for Red Gate Software, Brad is an accomplished Microsoft SQL Server MVP with over 13 years’ SQL Server experience, and over 6 years’ training experience.
Brad is a frequent speaker at SQL PASS, SQL Connections, SQLTeach, Code Camps, SQL Server user groups, and other industry seminars, where he shares his 13 years’ cumulative knowledge. Brad was the founder of the popular community site SQL-Server-Performance.Com, and operated it from 2000 through 2006, where he wrote over one million words on SQL Server topics.
A well-known name in SQL Server literature, Brad is the author or co-author of more than 12 technical books and over 100 published articles. His most recent book was “How to Become an Exceptional DBA”, and later this year he will be releasing a book on how to use the SQL Server 2005/2008 Profiler. When he is not travelling to spread his knowledge of SQL Server, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter in Hawaii.
Paperback: 120 pages
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