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Learn SQL Server 2012 in a Month of Lunches is perfect for someone who wants—or needs—to learn SQL Server on the fly. Just set aside an hour a day—lunchtime would be perfect—you'll be up and running faster than you thought possible.
Some IT pros choose to be DBAs, getting the required training and certification before tackling the challenge of maintaining a SQL Server database. Many others, however, find themselves thrust into the role of database administrator out of necessity. These accidental DBAs need to ramp up quickly and concentrate on the concepts and techniques that will give them the biggest payoff in the shortest time.
On first glance, SQL Server seems massive and even a little scary. This unique book breaks it down into a series of small lessons that you should be able to complete, on the job, over lunch. You'll start at the beginning by learning what SQL Server is. Then you'll immediately begin creating tables in databases and move on to other topics like entering, managing, and querying data. Along the way, you'll pick up key techniques like backups, stored procedures, security and maintenance that will keep SQL Server healthy and make you more productive. So bring your lunch back to your desk and start learning SQL Server.
The Month of Lunches concept was developed by Don Jones.
With this book, anyone can learn SQL Server. All you need is a little motivation, a good lunch, and an hour a day for a month.
Grant Fritchey works for Red Gate Software as a product evangelist. He has been a Microsoft MVP in SQL Server since 2009. Grant has worked as a DBA, database developer and software developer on large-scale applications in languages such as VB, C#, and Java and has worked in SQL Server since version 6.0. He is the author of SQL Server Execution Plans and SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.