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What is the best T-SQL book to buy?

What is the best T-SQL book to buy?
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Wirt
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Wirt
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nizsmoDeveloperCommented:
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Chris MangusDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005:  T-SQL Querying by Itzik Ben-Gan.  Available on Microsoft Press.  ISBN 978-0-7356-2313-2.
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WirtAuthor Commented:
What if i'm running MS SQL 2000?
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Chris MangusDatabase AdministratorCommented:
A large majority of the book also applies to SQL 2000.  The text does indicate where something only works in SQL 2005.
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pai_prasadCommented:
i started with Rob Veira's book for SQL 2000
gr8 book...

this is the 2005 version.
http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Server-2005-Programming-Programmer/dp/0764584340/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196887286&sr=1-1

I am reading Inside SQL series as mentioned above now, but wont recommend it for beginners...
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nizsmoDeveloperCommented:
I would:
http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Server-Optimisation-Advanced-Techniques/dp/1861008503

But really depends on what you are specifically looking for :) No point buying advanced book if you are only starting to learn.
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