My boss would like me to learn SQL, take exams and get microsoft certified in DBA or DB Development (I think i'd prefer Dev, thats more the building of DB's right?). I've dipped my toes into SQL, but i'm a bit locked out of moving forward with my teaching myself, as i think some people are in fear for their jobs. but anyways, can you guys recommend some classes or books that might be helpful? I'm really more of a hands on learner (as in, less of a text book and more of a "here's an example database, do these 15 things to it, here's how"). I'm not trying to go to school for however long as i can't leave my job, and the expense of that is probably more than he's willing to bear. Also, he taught himself with books long ago, so i'm thinking he's expecting similar behavior from me.
Any help is much appreciated!