The Microsoft Press team have just released the full array of downloadable versions of their free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ebook. This is a technical ebook – it’s not for the average user, but if you understand SQL already, it’s a good way of getting up to speed with the changes in 2012.
It’s available in a variety of formats:
- Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 in PDF format
- Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for Kindle (in .mobi format)
- Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for Sony readers (in .epub format)
- Prefer to pay for a printed copy? You can order that here for $15 plus postage
This is a full Microsoft Press book, not just a summary (at 288 pages it’s a serious read), and includes an overview of the various editions of SQL Server 2012, and sections on performance, scalability, security and programmability.
And the section that will really interest educational readers is Part 2, which dives into developing Business Intelligence capabilities. There are lots of new ways that SQL 2012 will help education users to display the masses of data they collect (especially PowerView) so I’d recommend taking some time to read that section of the book.