Extend your programming skills with a comprehensive study of the key features of SQL Server 2008. Delve into the new core capabilities, get practical guidance from expert developers, and put their code samples to work. This is a must-read for Microsoft .NET and SQL Server developers who work with data access—at the database, business logic, or presentation levels.
Discover how to:
Query complex data with powerful Transact-SQL enhancements
Use new, non-relational features: hierarchical tables, native file streaming, and geospatial capabilities
Exploit XML inside the database to design XML-aware applications
Consume and deliver your data using Microsoft LINQ, Entity Framework, and data binding
Implement database-level encryption and server auditing
Build and maintain data warehouses
Use Microsoft Excel to build front ends for OLAP cubes, and MDX to query them
Integrate data mining into applications quickly and effectively.