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SQL Server 2005 Books Online

Updated: December 2008

SQL Server 2005 Books Online

Updated: December 2008

Download an updated version of Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server 2005, the primary documentation for SQL Server 2005. The December 2008 update to Books Online contains new material and fixes to documentation problems reported by customers after SQL Server 2005 was released. Refer to "New and Updated Books Online Topics" for a list of topics that are new or updated in this version. Topics with significant updates have a Change History table at the bottom of the topic that summarizes the changes.

Books Online includes the following types of information:

Setup and upgrade instructions.

Information about new features and backward compatibility.

Conceptual descriptions of the technologies and features in SQL Server 2005.

Procedural topics describing how to use the various features in SQL Server 2005.

Tutorials that guide you through common tasks.

Reference documentation for the graphical tools, command prompt utilities, programming languages, and application programming interfaces (APIs) that are supported by SQL Server 2005.

Descriptions of the sample databases and applications included with SQL Server 2005.

Starting with the July 2006 update of SQL Server 2005 Books Online, a separate Books Online for SQL Server Express is no longer available. SQL Server 2005 Books Online is the primary documentation for SQL Server Express. After installing Books Online, you can use the SQL Server Express filter in the Contents pane to hide the content that does not apply to SQL Server Express edition. For more information about SQL Server Express documentation, see the topic "Using SQL Server Express Books Online."

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NOTE: The SQL Server 2005 Books Online download version available for some languages may be an earlier version than the current English version. Some Books Online updates may not be translated to every SQL Server language, or a Books Online update may still be in the process of being translated at the time the English update is published.