Books & Resources

Over the years, I have discovered books and other resources that have helped me to further and hone my technical and business skills. I’d like to share these resources with you. Please keep in mind that this list will grow and evolve over time so you may want to check back periodically.


SQL Server Deep Dives
Fifty-two other SQL Server MVPs and I got together to write a book chock full of tips, techniques, and experience-driven best practices for SQL Server development and administration.

And we’re donating all royalties to War Child International, an international charity that helps children in war-torn regions of the world. It’s a great book that supports a great cause.

The Rational Guide to IT Consulting
During my fifteen years of professional IT consulting, I’ve worked with many organizations from a variety of sectors and industries. I’ve consulted with Fortune 500 companies and one-man shops; with highly profitable international firms and non-profit charities; with healthcare, logistics, and governmental organizations to name but a few.

After answering many questions from IT professionals from around the globe and having delivered talks on how to become a full-time IT consultant, I’ve summarized many of the best practices I’ve learned in a concise book on the subject. In it, I discuss how to set up your company, ways to market and promote yourself, and how to work with recruiters, among other things.

The Rational Guide to Notification Services
Although now a deprecated feature, Microsoft SQL Server Notification Services was a power tool bundled within SQL Server designed to help you quickly and easily design, build, and deploy a robust notifications infrastructure and application.

In this book, I demonstrate how to define instance configuration files, application definition files, and compile them into notification services instances.