Which book is best for SQL newbie?

ruambroseruambrose Member Posts: 18
edited 2008-08-07 in SQL General
Hey people,

My company want me to completely take over the administration of the SQL side of Navision. I know NOTHING about this.

Thankfully i am a good reader and a fast learner so this shouldn't be a problem.

Which book(s) are gonna be best for me to learn from? The company can't afford a course so i'm just gonna have to stick with books for now.

Many thanks!


  • DenSterDenSter Member Posts: 8,304
    For learning I like the Step by Step books from MSPress, there are a number of them on SQL Server.

    For reference I have this little book by MSPress called "SQL Server 2005 - Administrator's Pocket Consultant", ISBN 978-0-7356-2107-7, which covers just about everything in quick concise chapters. It's not intended to be a full reference, but it has given me good overview of various aspects of the system to be able to recognize whether a Books Online topic or an MSDN online topic or a KB article is on topic.

    There are a number of good complete reference books for SQL Server. For NAV databases particularly, you should definately get Jorg Stryk's book (can't find the link right now).
  • SavatageSavatage Member Posts: 7,142
    I didn't realize how many books on SQL were free :mrgreen:

    Google: Free Sql Books :lol:

    Also lots of great info here:
  • davmac1davmac1 Member Posts: 1,282
    Another good book - a complement to the Pocket Consultant is:
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Administrator's Companion.
    Plus if you are new, a good book on getting certified in SQL Server 2005 is good for training purposes.

    And of course, free is very good.

    On the subject of google - it is the best way to search mibuso.
  • krikikriki Member, Moderator Posts: 9,079
    davmac1 wrote:
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  • garakgarak Member Posts: 3,263
    For Dummies :whistle:
    Do you make it right, it works too!
  • garakgarak Member Posts: 3,263
    The O'Reilly books are excelent and some books of MS-Press are good.

    I have read this MS Book, and i found it was only brand advertising for the Server 2005 :sick:
    Do you make it right, it works too!
  • ruambroseruambrose Member Posts: 18
    Thanks people!

    Very very helpful.

    *Jumps head first into a pile of SQL Wheeeeeeeeee*
  • hawwahawwa Member Posts: 106
    Beginning SQL Server 2005 Programming (Programmer to Programmer) by Robert Vieira - Wrox
  • azerty74azerty74 Member Posts: 82
    Books are always a good idea and there are lots of them out there and of course there's also always the BOL.

    But what bothers me is the reasoning of your company, and this is so in many companies. They want you to become responsible for SQL but there's no budget for a course. :?: :?:

    If, let's hope not, for some reason, a crash should occur on the Sql Server and your company looses for example 1 day of work, how would that compare to the budget required to follow a training ? :-k
    Debugging is twice as hard as writing code. Therefore if you write the code as cleverly as possible you are by definition not smart enough to debug it.
  • ruambroseruambrose Member Posts: 18
    I agree with you totally azerty. I am pushing hard for them to send me on a course by using that exact reason. They can't expect me to be in charge of SQL if i have no idea what i'm doing!

    Will check out the books people have suggested and continue my nagging at the boss :)
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