Monday, April 6, 2009

A little light reading

Two brand new books arrived in the post last week, and I'm really looking forward to diving into both. The first is "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals" by the mighty Kalen Delaney (a good Irish name, if ever I heard one). The book is billed as "the definitive guide to the internals and architecture of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 relational database engine", so it's obviously essential holiday reading.

The second book is "Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Querying", Itzik Ben-Gan's follow-up to the peerless "Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Querying". This latter tome and its companion volume "Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Programming" are the two best SQL books I've ever read, by some distance. The elegance of Mr. Ben-Gan's queries and his entire approach are nothing short of inspirational.

In the prosaic world of datasets, records, queries and joins I'd go so far as to say that Mr. Ben-Gan is the closest thing we have to an artist, and I can only urge anyone with the least interest in writing better SQL code to read his books and learn from the master. We're not worthy!

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