Review of Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals

  • Antares686

    SSC Guru

    Points: 125444

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  • vince.iacoboni@db.com

    Hall of Fame

    Points: 3964

    I have the book and agree that's its a winner. I keep it on my nightstand for a little "light" reading when I can't quite go down. I particulary enjoyed the walkthroughs of the WinDbg debugger applied to SQL Server executable.

  • Fred Paraskevas

    SSC Journeyman

    Points: 96

    I was disappointed that the review didn't mention the full name of the Author.

    Its Ken Henderson. I have one of his other books. The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQl and thats great.

  • Antares686

    SSC Guru

    Points: 125444

    Sorry about that I thought I had included the authors name. I feel weired with Book Reviews and don't feel I cover enough when I do them and apparently in this case I hadn't.

  • Frank Kalis

    SSC Guru

    Points: 111183

    Got this book for a week or two and I really think this comes in overall quality as close to Inside SQL Server as it can get. Yes, I know, both books can't be really compared with each other. I really enjoy reading and playing with windbg and C++ again.

    Btw, Antares, you can get the answers to the exercises. You only have to mail to Ken.

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    Frank Kalis
    Microsoft SQL Server MVP
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  • Antares686

    SSC Guru

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    Or meet him in person at SQL Pass if you get a chance to go when he is there.

  • Frank Kalis

    SSC Guru

    Points: 111183

    Or meet him in person at SQL Pass if you get a chance to go when he is there

    *#$%§!!

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    Frank Kalis
    Microsoft SQL Server MVP
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  • Malcolm Leach

    SSCommitted

    Points: 1517

    I think GGSSAI is the best book I have read on SQL Server.  I like Ken's approach, detailed in his foreword, of finding out what goes on behind the scenes to truly understand something.

    It would be great for our industry if everyone had the desire for deep knowledge like this then, perhaps, we would see better, more performant applications out there.

    Or maybe it just the way of the world - after all, you don't need to look under the hood to drive a car...

    Malc

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    Malcolm
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  • progsup

    Grasshopper

    Points: 14

    Too much dogma. Who would not know to close your office door? He suggests getting an office with a door? Like we have a choice. A chapter on making your room conducive to programming? Huhh? and then he complains about screenshots like all of us have a laptop with us at all times to fire up!! yeah baby. WORST of all he DIS's ROB and his great wrox book in his 4 year too late chapter on DTS. Yeah...read toward the beginning about how he once bought a SQL programming book...yeah right...like Ken H. bought a wrox SQL book in 99-2000!! sure. But he goes on to tell how awful it was, why there were 2 screen shots on just ONE page with only one line of explanatory text in between. Oh my Ken. How awful. I know what book he's talking about and ROB does not deserve that kind of treatment from anyone, esp. someone who calls themselves a guru in third person of all people!! Rob is a humble smart, GREAT writer and that book was/is wildly poplular and those comments were way out of line. I suggest he prints a retraction somewhere...on this site maybe??? Look on page 836. He chooses to(discreetly I will say) lay into Rob who is the coolest guy I know in the world of SQL. NOT COOL!! I know for a fact it's Rob V's book he's talking about and I know many many who learned sql from that book. The guru's series is ok for the t-sql, but beyond the techie tricks performed with sprocs etc., there is nothing that a developer can take away from them. This book and book 2 both include close to verbatim rewrites of the prior book, with new material added. I think that should have been noted to the consumer. When I start reading something and I know i've read the exact same thing in the past, I find it hard to not be irritated that I was not informed it was merely a new "edition". With a few new chapters of very dubious worth added in.

     

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