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Thread: Where to start?

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    Unanswered: Where to start?

    I have recently invested in a new server that is running SBS premium, this come with SQL server and as a result of which I feel its time for me to start getting to grips with it.

    I have reasonable knowledge of database design and SQL, extensive experience with access and some with Oracle. I have however never dealt with SQL server.

    I generally don't have too much trouble picking up new technologies, and was wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction for learning SQL server from scratch? Is it realistic to be able to achieve this without doing a formal course? I intend to start using it to develop data-driven websites and applications.

    Any help, advice and/or pointers are greatly appreciated.

    Cheers

    Dan

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    Re: Where to start?

    - read about DTS (that's a major difference with access)
    - read posts in this forum
    - see the functions in SQL Server, some are different from access

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    Thanks Karolyn,

    is now begining to sink in what a mamouth task i've undertaken! But I shall not be defeated. I can see this week is going to be a reading week. Can anyone recommend any decent books? (For a bit of bedtime reading and when the eyes are too fried for monitors!).

    Thanks again

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    Read the BOL
    (book on line)

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    Re: Where to start?

    There a world outside with plenty of resources about MS SQL Server, for instance go thru the following links:
    http://www.w3schools.com/sql/default.asp
    DBJournal
    MS Technet for SQL Server
    MSDN for SQL SErver
    SQLTeam with great resources
    ... and list is never ending.

    Good luck.
    --Satya SKJ
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    thanks satya,

    fortunately i've got the SQL part down (although that is a very good tutorial if any other newbies are reading this). But those other resources seem very useful, this is gonna be a piece of cake!... ahem

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    Yes on top of these resources a book will help you to get more attention.
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