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SQL 2012 vs SQL 2012 Express for training


#1

Hey all, quite a while back I was given the honor of fixing both of our SQL 2012 databases when they broke. I don't know how to work with SQL other than to use SQL Server Management Studio to work with one of our vendors whose program runs on/in SQL. I'm going to be starting an online SQL class this week and I wanted to know if SQL 2012 Express would be a good target for the classroom exercises. Since it's "Express" I was concerned that some of the things that I learn in class may not apply to the express version of the software. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Joe B


#2

SQL Server Developer Edition is free for development and includes all the features of the enterprise ed..


#3

Thanks for the tip! I'll download it today and see how it looks.

Thanks,

Joe B


#4

Not sure you can still get 2012 Developer Edition - or if that is considered a free edition. You can download 2017 Developer Edition and 2017 SSMS which are free as long as you sign up for dev essentials.


#5

I couldn't find anything 2012 downloadable so I went ahead and downloaded the trial for 2017. I figure I should be able to do some of the basics after six months and if not I'll roll out another virtual server and install it again. I had wanted 2012 because that's the SQL version in our vendors software.

Thanks guys,

Joe B