Rob Farley FROM Down Under

I am one of those people that like to see and do more than just read. If I read something without testing it, playing with it, picking up the book, setting it back down again I just don’t retain it as well. This is just one of the reasons that I think the Pulling apart the FROM clause chapter is well written.

I will back up a bit. Rob Farley is a SQL Server MVP that is base out of Australia. He has a blog that can be found here: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/rob_farley/ for the last month or so, but if you want to go back a bit more you may want to look here: http://msmvps.com/blogs/robfarley/. From looking at the About page on his blog he has done work with more than just SQL Server.

The main idea of this chapter is to take a Deep Dive into the FROM clause, there is a strong attention to detail that Rob has when it comes to discussing the topic. There is information that starts with the FROM all by itself before you start to add any of the many layers to it. To the chapters end where he talks about how joins will impact you. When covering the many different angles such as the Joins or the Cross there are examples to help you see not only the syntax, but the proper usage.

This chapter is a must for anyone who writes SQL Code. There is so much here that I don’t believe many books compare to the depth of his coverage on the topic. The more that I think about it we should all spend some time in the topic, if there is an opportunity to improve our t-SQL skills I think we have to take it.


1 Response to “Rob Farley FROM Down Under”

  1. March 19, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I’m pleased you like it, Chris.

    Your readers might also be curious in a recording of a session I did at SQLBits last November, at http://sqlbits.com/Agenda/event5/Designing_for_simplification/default.aspx, where I demonstrate the “4 uses for a join” concept that I cover in Chapter 7.

    If they like it, they can give me a vote at http://speakerrate.com/talks/2077-designing-for-simplification 😉

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