SQL Server Books Online: A Primer for New Users

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BOL can be used as a reference for SQL Server 2005 Express edition, too. All you have to do after installing BOL is use the SQL Server Express filter in the Contents pane to hide the content that does not apply. For more information about SQL Server Express documentation, see the topic “Using SQL Server Express Books Online” in BOL.

I suggest that all new users of SQL Server 2005 use BOL to their advantage. It provides in-depth information on the features available in SQL Server 2005.

The more you explore BOL, the more you know the SQL Server product.


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