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.
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]) 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. :