Using the SQL Server Documentation
SQL Server also comes with extensive electronic documentation. To access this
documentation, you select Start ➣ Programs ➣ Microsoft SQL Server ➣ Books Online.
Figure 1.9 shows the SQL Server documentation home page.
Figure 1.9: SQL Server documentation home page
You can browse the online books using the Contents tab, and you can search for specific
information using the Index and Search tabs. Figure 1.10 shows some of the information
for the SELECT statement, which is located in the Transact-SQL reference book.
Figure 1.10: SELECT examples documentation
Note Transact-SQL is Microsoft's implementation of SQL and contains programming
extensions. You'll learn about Transact-SQL programming in Chapter 4.
You can see the information shown in Figure 1.10 yourself by opening Contents ➣
Transact-SQL Reference ➣ SELECT ➣ SELECT Examples.