After hearing from Grant Fritchey that "Anyone who wants to know what DevOps really means should read this" Claire Brooking picked up a copy of The Phoenix Project. This parable of an IT project on the brink of destruction is told with humor and insight. Claire reviews the book, finding that conflict, incidents and mistakes are inevitable - what counts is how the team members grow to manage and resolve them.… Read more
If you want to learn how to optimize and troubleshoot Hyper-V, then this book, written by Microsoft people whose day job is to assist customers with precisely with these issues, is a safe bet. It is not, however, a book for anyone struggling to come to grips with the basics of Hyper-V… Read more
Microsoft have a lot to offer for anyone who is engaged in using Business Intelligence. The problem is in pulling together all the products in order to paint a picture of the entire landscape. Three book shed light on several different aspects, but there is plenty more to discover.… Read more
It is a measure of the range of facilities that are available to the database developer nowadays that three different books on the same general topic of TSQL programming can actually complement each other. … Read more
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook is a comprehensive resource for administrators and consultants looking for practical examples of Hyper-V technology. Beginners unfamiliar with Hyper-V and those who have worked with earlier versions can benefit from this book.… Read more
A book on Relational Database Design and Implementation is always welcome, especially when written by one of Simple-Talk's most popular authors, Louis Davidson. Bob Sheldon casts the critical eye on the book and smiles upon what he sees.… Read more
Experienced DBAs have a wealth of experience to rely on when it's time to troubleshoot a problem, but it can be harder if you're just starting out. Brad McGehee reviews a book designed to get new and accidental DBAs up to speed on their troubleshooting skills.… Read more
A broad topic requires a thick book. the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Bible is the work of several authors and comes to 59 chapters, yet it has all been edited into a single work that provides most of what you need to know about SQL Server outside your own specialization. … Read more
SQL and Relational Theory, by Chris Date, isn't likely to be a book that SQL's greatest defender, Joe Celko, would agree with. However, following the debates between Date and Celko on the relational purity of SQL has all the fascination of watching Godzilla wrestling King Kong.… Read more
Brad finds Glenn Berry's 'SQL Server Hardware' book to be a valuable reference, not so much for the actual hardware recommendations which will always go out of date, but more for the methodology for selecting hardware, and the wisdom that comes from long experience in doing so.… Read more
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