The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Welcome to the new SQL Server 2012 blog. First and foremost, we must give credit where credit is due. The logo and banner images on this blog site are the property of Microsoft. Most of the content in this blog will be my summation of excerpts from the “Exam 70-461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Training Kit” book. I will also be covering some real-world example code that is not covered in the book. At times, I may also reference comments and codes from other SQL books as this blog plays out. If I quote, comment or surmise content from other books, then they will be dully credited at the time of reference.

Most of this blog will be what I have learned and the method in-which I learned it. I have not had any formal training in SQL Server, my training and experience comes from books that I have purchased and studied, and from some real-world experience I gained as an “Accidental DBA”. Now, you are probably wondering; just what the heck is an “accidental DBA”. The simple answer is exactly what it sounds like, a person thrown into the position because he/she took an interest or was “voluntold” that this would be their new role at work.

Since this blog is primarily about the 70-461 exam, I will also be throwing in some sample questions (and answers) as well as some challenges. In my ventures, I have encountered several websites that have offered a great deal of help in understanding and learning new SQL terms and commands; but I have also encountered some sites that were more of a hinder than a help. I will post a separate article with links to the helpful sites as well as books that I have purchased or downloaded. I will also post links to the videos that I have found most useful. At the moment, the best advice I can offer you is to practice, practice, practice and then practice some more. In short, practice writing SQL code everyday and soon those commands will become second nature to you.

I promised myself that I would keep this intro page short and to the point, so with that said, I just wanted to mention that I am going to try to post to this site daily or at least weekly. Please subscribe and come back often to see the newest posting, and of course comment and ask questions if you don’t understand something or if some code I post is not working for you.

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