I have wanted to have an entry level book on T-SQL for a long time. Instead of explaining some new concept to a junior team member, it would be great to just give a junior programmer a well written entry level book. I have just read the following one:
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 T-SQL Fundamentals by Itzik Ben-gan
and this book fits the bill perfectly.
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About Alexander Kuznetsov
Alex Kuznetsov has been working with object oriented languages, mostly C# and C++, as well as with databases for more than a decade. He has worked with Sybase, SQL Server, Oracle and DB2. He regularly blogs on sqlblog.com, mostly about database unit testing, defensive programming, and query optimization.
Alex has written a book entitled "Defensive Database Programming with Transact-SQL" and several articles on simple-talk.com and devx.com. Currently he works at DRW Trading Group in Chicago, where he leads a team of developers, practicing agile development, defensive programming, TDD, and database unit testing.