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Introduction

This book walks you through your first steps in T-SQL (also known as Transact-SQL), which is the Microsoft SQL Server dialect of the standard ANSI-SQL language. You’ll learn the theory behind T-SQL querying and programming, how to develop T-SQL code to query and modify data, and get an overview of programmable objects.

Although this book is intended for beginners, it is not merely a step-by-step book. It goes beyond the syntactical elements of T-SQL and explains the logic behind the language and its elements.

Occasionally the book covers subjects that may be considered advanced for readers who are new to T-SQL; therefore, those sections are optional reading. If you already feel comfortable with the material discussed in the book up to that point, you may want to tackle the more advanced subjects; otherwise, feel free to skip those sections and return to them after you’ve gained more experience. The text will indicate when a section may be considered more advanced and is provided as optional reading.


  

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