I’d like to recommend an older, Microsoft-created video series called SQL Server 2005 Express for Beginners. Before you skip over this post, because you’re using SQL Server 2008, be aware that most of the material in these videos applies to SQL Server 2008 as well. Each video is 20 to 40 minutes long, so they go into quite a bit of detail. At the same time, they go slowly from describing databases to more advanced topics, such as stored procedures and reporting. Here is a list of direct links to the videos in the series:
If you’re following this blog, you’ll notice that we’re also creating videos to help you more easily learn SQL Server concepts. Why do this if there are other video series like this one? Here is our reasoning:
- First, when you’re learning it helps to hear the same material in different ways. So the more resources that are out there for the new user, the better.
- The videos we’re creating are aiming for 5 to 10 minutes, which is a lot shorter than this 2005 series. Different people have different amounts of time and interest for watching videos.
- Different videos, even ones on the same subject, can convey unique information, advice, or tricks to make them each useful.
- Finally it can help to use the latest SQL Server product (2008 R2 at the time of this writing) for those times where there is a difference in UI or features. Also, people may never find the older video series like this that still apply if they are searching for videos on the latest release.
As we find other resources, we’ll try to share them on this blog. If you have discovered other useful learning resources, please let us know.