SQL Server Books Online As PDF Files - by Bluedog67

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Opened 1/9/2010 12:35:42 AM
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Suggest that in addition to current ways to access SQL BOL that the documentation be made available through multiple PDF files. Having SQL BOL on eBook readers like the Kindle would be great. Can manually convert HTML to PDF but cumbersome and time consuming. Thanks for consideration.
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Posted by AussieJohn on 12/16/2012 at 7:41 PM
I've just come across "SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Reporting Services", available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats. This seems an almost perfect implementation of what we (or at least I) had in mind.

My only reservation is with copyright page just before the Contents page. It would be helpful if we could store the document (in its entirety) on intranets and other storage systems, but the copyright says "No part of the contents of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of the publisher".
Posted by Microsoft on 11/6/2012 at 3:46 PM
Thanks to everyone for the feedback. The E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies is now live: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11608.e-book-gallery-for-microsoft-technologies.aspx.

The gallery includes content in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. A number of books derived from SQL Server 2012 Books Online are represented, including the Transact-SQL DML and DDL reference content. Feel free to suggest additional e-book content using the alias provided on the page.
Posted by CRMScholar on 5/11/2012 at 2:14 AM
The slice i would like would be just simple T-SQL help. So each function explained.
Posted by DataCenterDBA on 12/24/2011 at 7:34 AM
ebook for Kindle format would be appreciated. thanks!
Posted by Kennie Nybo Pontoppidan on 12/12/2011 at 4:09 AM
The Oracle documentation is nice. Here you can download the full library as as zip file, browse the specific books as html or download books as pdf:

I understand that the Oracle documentation has evolved over 15 years towards this format (it was possible to get pdf/html versions back to version 7.3.1 as far as I remember), but maybe a first draft of the BOL would be the full documentation as pdf. Then afterwards you could work on nicifyingg layout, typography etc.
Posted by cbolyard on 10/15/2011 at 11:55 AM
multiple ebooks would be excellent... admin, dev, ssas, ssis, bi, etc. maybe some core areas would overlap...

Posted by vankapit on 10/12/2011 at 1:30 AM
Having Database Engine Concepts and the Transact-SQL Reference in either e-book or pdf format would be great.
If making it an e-book, compatibility of the format with Kindle will be a plus.
Posted by AussieJohn on 6/1/2011 at 7:45 PM
Two things that would be particularly handy to have are:
1. "what's new" (in a fair amount of detail, down to examples) e.g. in SQL Server 2008 R2
2. syntax, examples and remarks (e.g. whether deprecated) for Transact SQL.
My vote would be for PDFs ahead of e-books. And it would be handy to have clear permission about how the documents can be used (this can be an issue with e-books), e.g. is it fine to redistribute them inside a corporation via a Sharepoint site?
Posted by GSpeareIronside on 5/11/2011 at 8:30 AM
Basic DDL and DML commands would be a useful starting place...
Posted by Bobby_D on 1/12/2011 at 6:12 PM
Agreed.. I have a nook and travel a decent amount. Having this information at my fingertips would be great. I would suggest using ePub or PDF as both are relatively standard formats.
Posted by BrentMcC on 11/4/2010 at 10:36 PM
I totally agree... for someone who is spending time on a train commuting to and from work each day it would be a great way to study and fill in time. I have a Sony e-book reader so would like it in this format - but it can read PDf's too so either way.
Posted by Microsoft on 10/26/2010 at 10:01 AM
Thanks for your feedback. One of the challenges we have when considering this kind of suggestion is a challenge of scale. Books Online is an extremely large body of documentation, and it is not really feasible or desirable to provide all of it in PDF format. Are there particular sections or "slices" of Books Online that would be particularly useful to see in PDF format? Also, do you have any thoughts about e-book v. PDF? This input would be very helpful to us as we plan for new deliverables.