Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
by Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner
Publisher: Microsoft Press 2012
Number of pages: 236
Our purpose in Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is to point out both the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server. This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2008 R2 and wants to understand its capabilities.
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by Richard Waymire, Rick Sawtell - Sams
The book introduces you to every aspect of Microsoft's flagship back-end database engine. Organized with a FAQ-like summary at the end of every chapter, it familiarizes you with all the features and even brings you up to expert level on a few of them.
by Benjamin Nevarez - Red gate books
A better understanding of what the Query Optimizer does behind the scenes can help you to improve the performance of your databases and applications, and this book explains the core concepts behind how the SQL Server Query Optimizer works.
by Buck Woody - Pearson Education
Database professional Buck Woody leads you through the many aspects of designing, administering, and developing for your SQL Server platform. Recommended for DBAs and developers, this Reference Guide covers SQL Server 2000 up to SQL Server 2008 R2.
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Reading Holger's booklet is a great way of brushing up on the subject of Statistics and query-optimization. It is reasonably short, and geared to the practitioner rather than the theoretician. It is careful to stick with the things you need to know.