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SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled (Expert's Voice in SQL Server) Paperback – March 16, 2009
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About the Author
Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, has more than twenty years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. Grant currently works as a Product Evangelist at Red Gate Software. Grant writes articles for publication at SQL Server Central and Simple-Talk. He has published books including, "SQL Server Execution Plans" and "SQL Server 2012 Query Performance Tuning." Grant has written chapters for "Beginning SQL Server 2012 Administration", "SQL Server Team-based Development" "SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2", "Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices" and "Expert Performance Indexing in SQL Server". Grant Fritchey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the PASS organization, the leading source of educational content and training on the Microsoft Data Platform, as Executive Vice President.
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The author starts every chapter with a bit of theory (a paragraph or two) about the particular topic he's ready to explain. Next.... there is a demonstration of "why is bad" not following the theory (via a T-SQL statement) and then a similar example but this time following the good MS-SQL practice (again, with another T-SQL query) Very straightforward and practical approach which makes this book a good one because that's exactly what you need on a SQL performance tuning book: quick solutions and answers via examples.
Chapters #4 - Indexes is my favorite. You will get a full explanation of why your queries are running slow or how you can make them run faster; everything with real examples and real code. On this particular chapter author(s) help you to identify potential pitfalls in terms of Index selection and the main differences in query behavior between Non-clustered and Clustered Indexes on your tables and when to apply either of them.
I also love the book organization. There is a logical order that I suggest to follow: from start to finish; very easy and general techniques at the very beginning and more in-depth and detailed tuning techniques at the end. But still if you jump into the subject you want or need you will catch the concepts easily without feeling lost.
Amazing book! This book deserves a slot in your book-shelve.
This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year.
Thomas LeBlanc, MCDBA & MCITP
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