Book review: Windows 7 Inside Out

Perhaps it’s because I keep finding new things about Windows 7 that I really like… Today’s one was that you can drag the top (or bottom) edge of a window to the edge of a screen and have that window fill the screen vertically, but keeping the left and right edges still (great for when you don’t want it maximised, or docked to the left or right). Another favourite of mine is that you can Shift+Right-click on a file and see “Copy as Path”, which is great when you want to paste the full path into a textbox, or PowerShell, … Continue reading Book review: Windows 7 Inside Out

A busy month – a new book, a new car, a new phone

I don’t know why Septembers are always busy. This one feels like it’s been interesting, and I’m not sure life will be the same again. But first, some of the biggest news – the book that I wrote a couple of chapters for is now available for purchase! A challenge was put out a while back for SQL MVPs to write a book for charity. Paul Nielsen spearheaded it, and I’m pleased to say that there was a massive response. I wrote two chapters, and this week we have had the notice that the book can now be purchased from … Continue reading A busy month – a new book, a new car, a new phone

A review: "Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services” by Jayaram Krishnaswamy

A while back I got asked if I’d review this book, but as they could only get me a copy in PDF format, it’s taken a while to get to it. Whilst I like having electronic copies of books, I generally prefer to read them in paper form, and just have the electronic copy for reference. But anyway – this book calls itself “A step-by-step guide to getting the most of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2008”. At 536 pages, I remember my first thoughts being that it seemed awfully long for the level that it’s aimed at. However, as … Continue reading A review: "Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services” by Jayaram Krishnaswamy

A really good book on BI

Business Intelligence is so much more than the technologies involved. Doing BI well is about delivering the right solution for the client, and being able to plan accordingly, about finding a match between the technologies and the business needs, and about being able to come up with a good design that incorporates not only the data warehouse, but also the OLAP database and client interfaces. When I first picked up Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know whether it would be design heavy, or technology heavy. I suspected it … Continue reading A really good book on BI

A review – SQL Server 2008 Internals

I’m reading SQL Server 2008 Internals at the moment. I say ‘reading’, because I think it’s going to be long-term thing. It’s just so full of useful information, that I’m sure I’ll be reading it over and over for a long time yet. Kalen Delaney’s books are always great, but in this one she has help from Paul Randal & Kimberly Tripp, Conor Cunningham and Adam Machanic – all SQL Server legends in their own right. The book they have made is just excellent, and should be read by everyone who wants to get deeper into SQL Server. There are … Continue reading A review – SQL Server 2008 Internals

A review – Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step By Step (Ed Wilson)

Another book review, and another giveaway for the Adelaide SQL Server User Group. This time, it’s Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step By Step. Last month I had picked up the Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide, wondering if it was going to be a good recommendation for people who were interesting in getting into PowerShell. Even though I thought the book was very good (particularly if you want to use PowerShell to access the innards of a Windows installation), it didn’t seem like the right book for recommending for PowerShell beginners. This book is though, and I’ll definitely recommend it for people wanting … Continue reading A review – Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step By Step (Ed Wilson)

A review – Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide

As a User Group leader, I have the chance to review books for MSPress (and then give a copy away to the user group too!). So at the end of last month I got sent a copy of Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide, by Ed Wilson (I hope that link works – if it doesn’t, find it in the Windows section). I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book. I had just done a presentation at the user group about PowerShell with SQL Server, and I was curious to see what kinds of things this book covered. People ask me … Continue reading A review – Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide