For many years I gave SQL and databases little more attention than the occasional yawn. Coming from a gaming/multimedia background why would I ever want to mess with that stuff?
So anyway, my day-job for the last 8 months is in 'normal' IT and I've been using SQL-based technologies almost every day so far - our current solution is ultimately a big exercise in moving data around and storing it all in SQL DB's.
Thing is, 8 months in I've finally sat down to do some self-training on this topic as I've been bumbling along with the vague knowledge picked up during a 'relational database' module at university 3 years ago [lol]
Courtesy of the 'MVP Academy' I got 'Collection 2778: Writing Queries Using Microsoft(R) SQL Server(TM) 2005 Transact-SQL' for free. My experience of "e-learning" has being quite unpleasant in the past, but this course has been really good - so I'm finding SQL Server 2005 to be both interesting and mildly entertaining [oh]
Just to balance things out, I was writing up the first part of my document on the D3D10 project I'm planning for. I'm gonna need a heavy dose of HLSL to get over all this T-SQL [grin]