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I am throwing out a question for more learned minds than my own. I am wondering if anyone can either recommend a book(s) on developing my T-SQL skills further. In a perfect world, I'd have time to take a class or classes to develop more advanced skills. Since I don't inhabit a perfect world, I'll go with a good book. Since there are so many to choose from, I'd like to solicit advice from this esteemed group. Thanks.
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I was going to reply with a ;-), but that wasn't enough characters to comment with so I'm typing this long response to ensure that I have enough. And.... ;-)
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Ha, you beat me to the book by 20 seconds.
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@sp_lock, that is the book I referenced in my answer. Looks to be a great book.
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@Tim , so you did.. My apologies
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Anything from Itzik Ben-Gan or Adam Machanic is good. They have a brand new book that just came out or is just about to come out. Earlier editions of T-SQL Fundamentals is also excellent. Their new book [T-SQL Querying (Developer Reference)]( http://www.amazon.com/T-SQL-Querying-Developer-Reference-Ben-Gan/dp/0735685045/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1426086508&sr=8-2&keywords=adam+machanic) is sure to be a hit.
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I am looking forward to this one!
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I rushed a response last night so here is a better one: Join you local user group - I cannot recommend this more! Attend you local SQL Saturday - Chat to the guys who write the books you read. Attend a larger conference (the PASS summit) Get a Pluralsight subscription (Generally UG have these) there is so much content on there. Take a look at the redgate books - those are great and free in .epub. Watch some of Itzik's videos from previous sessions ([Bits][1]) As the other guys have said read Itzik's books, maybe even book the 70-461 exam for a few months time so you have something to work towards. Have a go at answering the questions that people post on here - even if you dont post your answer just going though the motions will help you develop. Also have fun TSQL is an incredible language! No1 rated language in 2013. [1]: http://www.sqlbits.com/%28S%28ckin5tat3ut34q55gkgc32eo%29%29/Speakers/Itzik_Ben-Gan
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