MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Database Development
Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-433—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply what you’ve learned through real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time.
Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:
Create and manage database objects
Query and modify data; implement subqueries and CTEs * Optimize table structures and data integrity
Create stored procedures, functions, and triggers
Manage transactions, error handling, and change tracking
Tune query performance
Implement database mail, full-text search, Service Broker, scripts
Work with XML and SQLCLR Assess your skills with the practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.
Your kit includes:
15% exam discount from Microsoft. Offer expires 12/31/13. Details inside.
Official self-paced study guide.
Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
200 practice and review questions.
180-day trial of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition.
Case scenarios, exercises, and best practices.
Fully searchable eBook of this guide, plus sample chapters from related books.
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Great book, difficult practice exams
By Daniel G. Goyette - June 24, 2009
I purchased this book as soon as it was released, and used it as my exclusive study material for the exam. I took my exam today and passed by a healthy margin. Although I use SQL Server on a daily basis at my job, much of the content of the exam goes beyond my typical day-to-day development tasks, and I don't believe I would have passed the exam had I not used this material to prepare for it.
The only bad thing I have to say about this book involves the Practice Tests provided on the CD. Very frequently, questions would deal with topics that simply were not covered in the book itself. Typically the questions would ask for highly specific syntax to perform fairly obscure tasks. The questions direct you to the chapter and section of the book where the topic is covered, but it was very common for me to find no reference at all to a question's topic when I referred to that section (or when I search the PDF version of the book.) The good news is that each test question, and its... read more
Great book, Bad practice exams.
By Righteousman - August 29, 2009
Great book, covers all of the exam topics very well and in a concise manner. You'll learn everything you need to know by doing the practice lessons that are at the end of every chapter. Even if you're not writing the exam, this book would be great for someone wanting to learn about SQL 2008 changes on the developer level. Highly recommended!
The practice exams that are included:
Are horrible for the most part. Many of the questions are overly complex and some make no sense. For example, to have a persisted view, what SET options have to be set to on. Choose all that apply (from a list of 10 or so possible answers)...nobody with a life is going to know that or even need to know it. Also some of the answers are quite wrong, tried a few of the queries and they failed, even though they were marked as right. I honestly wouldn't even use the practice exams and instead use MeasureUp or SelfTestSoftware.
This rather dull and pedantic book nominally covers the exam material, but the book's organization and samples are far less detailed than the usual Microsoft Press books. Also, the writing was so poor I gave up about half way through and instead bought the 70-433 Transcender exam. The Transcender exam has far better examples and explanations as well as instant feedback. Don't waste your money with this book. Instead, spend another $30 and get the Transcender product and you'll do just fine on the exam.