Install SQL Server

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

tags SQL

To get working with SQL, you'll need to load a SQL server application on your computer. Fortunately, there are many free versions of SQL server available. The two most common installed applications are:

- Microsoft SQL Server Express
- MySQL

The guides and tutorials on this site are based off of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. While you may not have access to the full version of SQL, you can download and install the Express edition. The Express is a free edition of SQL Server that is ideal for learning, developing and powering desktop, web and small server applications. Some of the featuers include:

Supports stored procedures, triggers, functions, and views
Can store all kinds of business data with native support for relational data, XML, FILESTREAM and spatial data
Improved performance, usability, visualization, in addition to integration with the Microsoft 2007 Office System in SQL Server Reporting Services
Simplify development efforts by leveraging existing T-SQL skills, ADO.NET Entity Framework and LINQ
Closely integrated with Visual Studio and Visual Web Developer

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

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Recommended Books & Training Resources

Head First SQL: Your Brain on SQL A Learners Guide SQL Cookbook