Recently I was in a search for one more “document” that talks about the new improvements in SQL Server 2014 (because you know how it is – once a new version comes up everyone talks only for the top features and forgets everything else). I then remembered that some time ago I did a short book review for PACKT Publishing and their book “What’s new in SQL Server 2012” and I thought I should probably check if they have something that would be helpful to me. It turned out they do really have and that’s the book from the picture above.
Before I actually tell you what you should expect from this book, I really like to share something very specific to PACKT that I just learned! See, PACKT are actually creating two types of books – Mini and Maxi books. The Mini books(like this one) are books that are 150 or less pages and they are a perfect choice if you just want to learn about something without going into the details. The Maxi books are books with 300+ pages and they are the ones that get into the details! As already mentioned the book that I found is a Mini book and it was written by Gethyn Ellis. What can you expect though?
There are 6 main areas that are covered and they are all covering improvements that affect primarily the DBAs:
- SQL Server’s integration with Azure
- Backup and Restore enhancements
- Hekaton (of course)
- AlwaysOn Availability Groups
- Delayed Durability
- Other performance improvements
For each one of those you will find practical examples be that with nicely done screenshots or just with sample code, so you can test them for yourself too and I really like that! If you are a DBA and you don’t have enough time to learn for all the improvements in SQL Server 2014 that will affect your day-to-day work very soon(there are companies that run 2014 in production already, but they are rare) this book can definitely be of great help and “go-to” place for you.
In summary, I would strongly recommend you take a look at this book, see what’s new in SQL Server 2014 and if there is a specific feature that you think will be a game changer for your business, take a look at the code and the example scenarios and test it for yourself. If the information in the book though, is not enough for you (as this is a Mini book as I pointed our early), then you can just continue your “investigation” or “research” on your own or just ask whatever interests you on #sqlhelp, for example.
Thanks, PACKT, for pointing me to your book and again – congrats to the author for the well-done job!