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Did You Know the History of SQL Server?

I was just rereading a blog post by Euan Garden about SQL Server's history and he refers to the fact that you can read a chapter about the history in the Inside SQL Server books. In the rewrite of the book for SQL Server 2005, when we split the book into four parts, we had to remove the history chapter, so I took the chapter from the SQL Server 2000 book and made it available online. When reading Euan's post, I realized that most people, including Euan himself, probably didn't know it was available so I decided to make that information a little more public.

You can find the chapter here.

Have fun!


Published Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:24 AM by Kalen Delaney

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Phil Factor said:

I always liked this chapter. I recommend it to everybody. (I have a well-thumbed copy of the book!) It seemed very  straightforward about the relationship between Sybase and SQL Server and it all made sense. At the time that SQL Server arrived at Microsoft I was much more in touch with what was going on at Microsoft, and it all tallied with what I heard at the time. Ewan Garden's blog post is fascinating, but for anyone wanting a clear summary of the history of SQL Server, this chapter surely is it.

July 9, 2008 11:33 AM

Doug said:

This was actually my favorite chapter from Inside SQL Server 2000 and I was bummed to see you dropped it in the 2005 edition. I hope you will include an updated version in the 2008 edition and expand on the evolutionary forces behind some of the design decisions in SQL 2005 & 2008. Even 8 years later, it's still a facinating read.

July 10, 2008 5:07 PM

Uber said:

That link is now dead. Any suggestions?

June 13, 2014 5:18 PM

Kalen Delaney said:

I moved my website at the beginning of this year, and not everything got moved over. I just dug up this file and posted it on the new site. You can find it at:

June 14, 2014 6:39 PM

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