You will need the following hardware and software to complete the practice exercises in this book.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 software are not included with this book! The CD-ROM packaged in the back of this book contains the code samples needed to complete the exercises. SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 software must both be purchased separately.
Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, or Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition or Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition. For Chapter 5, you will need Microsoft Visio 2003, which is included with Visual Studio 2005 Professional with MSDN Premium. Alternatively, you can execute most of the code in this book using Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition, which is available as a free download from www.microsoft.com .
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express (included with Visual Studio 2005) or Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
600 MHz Pentium or compatible processor (1 GHz Pentium recommended)
256 MB RAM (512 MB or more recommended)
Video monitor (800 — 600 or higher resolution) with at least 256 colors (1024 — 768 high- color 16-bit recommended)
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device