SQL Server Reference Guide
by Buck Woody
Publisher: Pearson Education 2013
Number of pages: 426
Database professional Buck Woody leads you through the many aspects of designing, administering, and developing for your SQL Server platform. Recommended for DBAs and developers alike, this Reference Guide covers SQL Server 2000 up to SQL Server 2008 R2.
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