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Authors: Grant Fritchey, Sajal Dam
ISBN-13: 9781430219026, ISBN-10: 1430219025
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Date Published: March 2009
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Grant Fritchey

Grant Fritchey is currently working as a development DBA for FM Global, an industry–leading engineering and insurance company. In his previous time as a DBA and developer, he has worked at three failed dot–coms, a major consulting company, and a global bank. He has developed large–scale applications in languages such as VB, C#, and Java and has lived with SQL Server from the hoary days of 6.0, right through to 2008. His nickname at work is “The Scary DBA.” He even has an official name plate, and he displays it proudly.

Grant volunteers for the Professional Association of SQL Server Users (PASS) and has written and published articles on various topics relating to SQL Server at Simple–Talk, SQL Server Central, SQL Server Performance, the PASS web site, SQL Standard, and the SQL Server Worldwide Users Group. He is the author of the book Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plans. He is one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group (SNESSUG).

Outside work, Grant kayaks, learns and teaches self–defense, brews his own beer, chops wood to heat his house, raises his kids, and helps lead a pack of Cub Scouts.

Sajal Dam holds a master's of technology degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and has been working with Microsoft technologies for over 12 years. He has developed an extensive background in designing database applications and managing software development. Sajal also possesses significant experience in troubleshooting and optimizing the performance of Microsoft-based applications, from front-end web pages to back-end databases.

While working at Microsoft Corporation, Sajal helped many Fortune 500 companies design scalable database solutions and maximize the performance of their database environments. Currently as an IT strategist at Dell, Sajal manages Dell's vast database infrastructure by optimizing not only the databases, but also the database management processes, tools, and use of best practices. He also works closely with the application development teams and vendors, including Microsoft, in analyzing and resolving performance bottlenecks.

Book Synopsis

SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled presents a direct trouble–shooting methodology for identifying poorly performing stored procedures and queries, isolating the causes of that poor performance, and fixing the underlying problems. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the top causes of poorly performing queries and shows methods for identifying and dealing with the problems in that chapter’s domain. Emphasis is always put upon or placed upon practical methods that you can put to immediate use in your day–to–day work. SQL Server 2008 functionality, tips, and tricks are emphasized in each subject area.

  • Emphasizes the practical. Does not bury readers in theory.
  • Gives readers practical techniques to immediately apply in their daily work.
  • Dedicates a chapter to each of the most common, performance–related problem areas.

What you’ll learn

  • Identify and fix poorly performing queries that are hurting your business.
  • Read query execution plans and identify bottlenecks in performance.
  • Record system performance metrics for trend analysis.
  • Learn to design databases and write Transact–SQL code to avoid common problems.
  • Understand what an index is, what it does, and how to build one.
  • Use industry accepted best practices and understand how to develop your own to arrive at optimal database performance.

Who is this book for

SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled is aimed at anyone writing business–critical Transact–SQL queries, and also at those responsible for the continued good performance of those queries. Developers, database administrators, business intelligence analysts, and any others who develop Transact–SQL queries will find this book an indispensible resource for getting the most out of what SQL Server 2008 has to offer.

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