SQL Server Central
My top-favorite site as a SQL student has been SQL Server Central. They are a public service site created
by Red Gate Software that features a great library of articles, daily quizzes and forums - all geared toward Microsoft’s T-SQL. There is new material
daily and articles are open to corrective comment from other developers so the quality of the material offered is generally very good from the get-go.
Don’t hesitate to take a few minutes and register here.
I have used test-prep software from Self Test Software
that was technically good, but visually a challenge. When the SQL Server 2008 exams were first introduced they beat other popular test companies out of the gate with their test-prep materials. The software features flash cards, randomization of test questions and a learning mode which will reveal the answer and appropriate study links at the MSDN reference site for SQL Server. Their support department is quick when it comes to updating test questions for accuracy, but they were not able to resolve an issue with fonts scaling incorrectly. CTRL+, instead of increasing the font size, results in a wild-looking combo of large and small type throughout the page. So it’s a recommended product unless vision is an issue for you.
Joes 2 Pros
I took employer-sponsored classes from an instructor I highly recommend, but since you may not be near Rick Morelan’s classroom here
are the Amazon links to two of the books he’s authored:
As a teacher Rick is quick and engaging and if you use these books as we did in class you won’t be just reading about code, you’ll be creating it - right away. Rick’s You Tube© channel
has a description of the books and several sample lessons.
If you become a serious SQL student will probably live on the MSDN SQL Server reference site.
A couple of pages that are helpful to visit first thing are the documentation conventions
and particularly the Transact-SQL syntax conventions
Just for fun...
Another site I particularly enjoyed is the developer section of Microsoft’s 'SQL Experience' site but the English version is deprecated, however several of its videos about the construction of the software and its features can now be found on MSDN’s Channel 9
. One that proved to be a great learning tool featured a gentleman named Bruno Denuit talking about the creation of the merge operator
, making crystal clear the operations combined in the new command.
Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications - Exam 70-576
As mentioned in the sidebar I have an interest in Sharepoint, particularly as it relates to SQL, but for its own merits also. I’m preparing for a certification test and will be blogging about the study points as I review them at www.sqlsolver.com/SPexam.htm