Book Announcement! Introducing “Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012”

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be authoring a new book on SQL Server 2012, code-named “Denali.” The full title, “Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012” will technically be published by O’Reilly, yet it will be branded as a Microsoft Press book. O’Reilly recently acquired MS Press, but retained the Microsoft logo and black/red theme, which I’m really glad about. Although O’Reilly is a big name, the MS Press branding still carries more clout. And to be honest, I greatly prefer having a cool tool to a weird animal on the cover.

This book is an update to the SQL Server 2008 edition I wrote three years ago, with many similarities but also some very notable differences. I’m extremely pleased to once again team together with Andrew Brust, who will be writing the chapters on SQL CLR, column stores, BI, and SQL Azure. Andrew was my co-author for the 2008 edition and lead author of the original 2005 edition, so this is actually his third time around on this book. Both previous editions literally burst at the seams in their zeal to cover the entire SQL Server stack. This time around, in consideration of the many readily available BI-focused books, the editors decided to distill the BI footprint of the new Denali book (which accounted for roughly a whole third of the previous 1,000+ page 2008 edition) down to a single overview-style chapter. This simultaneously brings the page count down a little, while actually opening more space for expanded coverage of the relational database engine. As a result, this new book is more narrowly (and uniquely) focused on programming SQL Server for transactional line-of-business applications built with .NET and Visual Studio.

So busy days lie ahead. I’ve actually spent nearly a year already gearing up on Denali, since attending the Denali SDR in Redmond last October. Here are just some of the new topics planned for the 2012 edition:

  • SQL Server Data Tools
  • SQL Azure
  • Column store indexes
  • Sequences
  • Windowing function (OVER BY) improvements
  • Server-side paging
  • FileTable (FILESTREAM + hierarchyid = logical file system)
  • Metadata discovery
  • Spatial enhancements (curves, FULLGLOBE)
  • Contained Databases
  • Self-Service Reporting (Crescent)
  • Entity Framework & LINQ
  • WCF Data Services & WCF RIA Services

This list is by no means exhaustive, and may still change, but it does give a good idea of what to expect. Also, this is in addition to updated coverage from the previous edition that includes broader treatment of topics such as table-valued parameters, SQL Server Audit, and more.

With luck, the book should be out by Q2 2012. I’m looking forward to the work in store, and hope to produce the best piece of work I can. Along the way, I’ll be blogging more previews of what’s to come. So stay tuned, and thanks for reading.

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