Mar 25 2010
One of the most frequent questions you will find on SQL forums and mailing lists is “which book should I buy?”, having bought quite a few SQL 2008 books recently I thought I would review one of my favourites:
By far the best book I have been reading recently is: Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting by Christian Bolton and Justin Langford. It’s geared far more at the DBA market than the SQL Developer market but if you are a developer and are sick of your DBA berating you for not doing something a certain way then it might be worth picking up a copy.
There are 16 chapters which I have listed below (the 16th chapter is available to download from the Wrox website):
This really is a deep dive into many of the key areas that DBA’s need to know about in order to manage their servers affectively. One of the things I like best about this book is that it doesn’t just deal with SQL Server but how the hardware level can affect performance. If you have Kalen Delaney’s Internals book this is the perfect companion.