I would love to see Microsoft come out with the SQL Server Books Online (SQL BOL) as PDF files. The main reason is eBook readers like Amazon's Kindle. It would be great to have SQL BOL on the Kindle.
SQL BOL has been an excellent learning and reference tool for many years. I expect that SQL BOL will be continue to be my primary learning and reference resource in my career as a SQL Server professional. You can get access to SQL BOL several ways, including as part of a SQL Server installation, as part of the locally installed MSDN Library, as a separate downloadable installation file
, and via the online MSDN Library
or through TechNet
both on Microsoft's website. But SQL BOL currently isn't available via PDF files. Arguably you could turn the HTML pages of SQL BOL into PDF files - but that would be a huge task. So getting SQL BOL onto your Kindle is a big challenge.
Let's contrast Microsoft's SQL Server documentation with Oracle's documentation. You can find Oracle's documentation here
as both HTML and PDF files. You can download the Oracle PDF files either individually or as zipped collections. The Oracle PDF files play well with the Amazon Kindle. I'd love it if SQL BOL did as well!
I have created on the Microsoft SQL Server Connect website the following suggestion
to make the SQL BOL available as PDF files. If you agree please up-vote on the Microsoft Connect website
. If you have any ideas or feedback please share in the comments below. Thanks for reading!