Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft SQL Server 7 in 21 Days
by Richard Waymire, Rick Sawtell
Publisher: Sams 1998
Number of pages: 679
The book introduces you to every aspect of Microsoft's flagship back-end database engine. Organized with a FAQ-like summary at the end of every chapter, the book familiarizes you with all the features and even brings you up to expert level on a few of them. Waymire and Sawtell explain how to install the software under Windows NT Server 4. After a quick synopsis of the tools and utilities on the SQL Server CD-ROM, the authors walk you through the process of creating databases and establishing accounts for the people and processes that will access them.
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