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SQL Server 2005 Developer Documentation

Microsoft has a large resource of Microsoft SQL Server documentation for developers. Microsoft SQL Server Books Online is the documentation set for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. This SQL Server documentation covers the concepts and procedures required to use SQL Server effectively. SQL Server Books Online also includes other SQL Server documentation, such as reference material covering the languages and programming interfaces for storing, retrieving, reporting, and modifying data using SQL Server.

The SQL Server documentation is published three ways:

  • A copy of the SQL Server documentation is included on the SQL Server 2005 installation discs.
  • A copy of the SQL Server documentation is published on the Web in the MSDN Library, where it is periodically updated with new information.
  • You can download periodic updates to the SQL Server documentation from this Web page.

SQL Server 2005 Documentation in the MSDN Library

SQL Server 2005 Books Online

This is the documentation for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Workgroup Edition, Developer Edition, and Enterprise Evaluation Edition. It also contains the detailed information for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. You can also download the latest update to SQL Server 2005 Books Online.

SQL Server 2005 Tutorials
The tutorials are guided walkthroughs that help you understand SQL Server technologies and get started with your projects.
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Books Online
This documentation describes which SQL Server 2005 features are supported by the Express Edition, and explains how to implement and deploy applications that use Express Edition. It relies on Express Edition users having access to the SQL Server 2005 Books Online for more in-depth information.
SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Books Online

This is the documentation for SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition. You can also download SQL Server Compact Edition Books Online.

SQL Server 2005 Developer InfoCenters

The SQL Server 2005 Books Online includes InfoCenters, which are topics containing links to the key information a person in a given job role (such as a developer or administrator) must understand in order to successfully use SQL Server. The Developer InfoCenters can help developers find concepts and reference information for accessing SQL Server functionality in their applications.