- Gebundene Ausgabe: 652 Seiten
- Verlag: Microsoft Press; Auflage: Har/Cdr (20. Mai 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0735626391
- ISBN-13: 978-0735626393
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,7 x 3,8 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Database Development (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Mai 2009
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Tobias Thernstr'm has 13+ years' experience with SQL Server, serves as program manager on the SQL Engine Platform Team at Microsoft, and helped develop several Microsoft certifications for SQL Server. Ann Weber, MCITP, MCSE, is an instructor, consultant, and author with more than 12 years' experience with SQL Server. A Microsoft Certified Trainer, Ann has developed several courses and other learning materials for Microsoft.
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I'll comment on the media.
I purchased the Kindle edition and have worked through the entire text once using the free Kindle desktop (PC) application. For me, this really works well. I'm able to highlight text, copy/paste queries from the text into SSMS (the queries from the exercises are provided on the companion CD) and insert notes. The highlight and notes sync with my Kindle whenever I access my Kindle. All in all, this arrangement is good.
There are two problems however. The Kindle edition is about $6 or so less than the hardcover edition. The hardcover comes with a 15% discount on the exam. That amounts to a savings of about $22.50. I was expecting the download for the CD contents to contain a coupon for the discount. It did not. I did contact O'Reilly (the publishers) and they provided me with a discount code that I can apply to the test. So, OK, they made good on the discrepancy.
What's more important, I'm now ready to take the practice exams and the CD contents that you can download off the O'Reilly site do not include the practice questions. Like with the missing coupon, nowhere is this mentioned as a difference between the two different media editions of the book.
Frankly, this is unacceptable. I don't know who is to blame for this, Amazon or O'Reilly, but the differences need to be made clear at the time of purchase. I'm sure I'm not the only one to notice this. I get the feeling that Amazon and O'Reilly are not clear about these points intentionally and will make good on the missing material when someone complains. (Though I do not know if I'll get the practice tests as part of the Kindle edition. It seems there is a charge for them when you order the Kindle edition.)
And just so readers don't think that I read the details about the hardcover edition and assumed that the Kindle edition contain the same contents, I made my purchase from my Kindle, while logged into the Kindle store. I read the description posted there, and that description explicitly stated that practice tests and a coupon are included.
1. Work through this book. The other reviews are accurate in saying that the text is cursory in parts, but the text does at least mention most of the material you can expect to find on the test. For the concepts that were not fully explained, I would just Google the topic and check out the linked BOL (Books Online) or blog posts. I worked through all of the in-chapter code, as well as the end-of-chapter exercises. It is also true that it's very clear that the various chapters were written by different authors, which was a little annoying at first.
2. Take the practice exams. I would take a test of 7 questions (the minimum allowed - one per topic), and then make sure I understood the correct answers as well as why all of the others were in fact incorrect. This usually amounted to quite a bit of time back on BOL and blog posts. As mentioned by others:
- many questions on here are not at all covered in the text
- these questions are harder than those on the actual exam
- there are a few mistakes
I repeated Step 2 a few dozen times until I was passing fairly consistently.
It's not a perfect resource, but it's a good start, and points you to all of the right things. Between this book, the internet, and plenty of elbow grease, you'll pass the test.
I've been a SQL developer for about 10 years, and just recently decided to go for some certifications. I used this book as pretty much my only study material and passed the MCTS, and I learned stuff from this book and I wouldn't have passed the test without it. This books is very good in that it gives a high level overview of a lot of material. The book is a mile wide and an inch deep, that is true. You aren't going to become a SQL expert using this book, but it is well written IMO, easy to read, and introduces you to almost every aspect of SQL development. Everything covered in this book is on the test. FYI, I didn't even read the practice tests or the exercises in this book. Maybe they aren't good, but I didn't pay any attention to them anyway, and didn't find the need to.
I think the book was well worth it.