Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
by Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner
Publisher: Microsoft Press 2010
Number of pages: 236
This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2008 R2 and wants to understand its capabilities. The purpose is to point out both the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server. Some familiarity with SQL Server is assumed.
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