Overview and Installation
Welcome to Beginning SQL Server for Developers. This book has been written for those who are interested in learning how to create solutions with Microsoft SQL Server, but have no prior knowledge of SQL Server. You may well have had exposure to other database management systems (DBMSs), such as MySQL, Oracle, or Microsoft Access, but SQL Server uses different interfaces and has a different way of working compared to much of the competition. The aim of this book is to bring you quickly up to a level at which you are developing competently with SQL Server. This book is specifically dedicated to beginners and to those who at this stage wish to use only SQL Server. You may find this book useful for understanding the basics of other database management systems in the marketplace, especially when working with T-SQL within this book. Many DBMSs use an ANSI-standard SQL, so moving from SQL Server to Oracle, Sybase, and so on, will be a great deal easier after reading this book.