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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals by Itzik Ben-Gan

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Chapter 1. Background to T-SQL Querying and Programming

You’re about to embark on a journey to a land that is like no other—a land that has its own set of laws. If reading this book is your first step in learning Transact-SQL (T-SQL), you should feel like Alice—just before she started her adventures in Wonderland. For me, the journey has not ended; instead, it’s an ongoing path filled with new discoveries. I envy you; some of the most exciting discoveries are still ahead of you!

I’ve been involved with T-SQL for many years: teaching, speaking, writing, and consulting about it. For me, T-SQL is more than just a language—it’s a way of thinking. I’ve taught and written extensively on advanced topics, but until now, I have postponed writing about fundamentals. ...

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