Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer
by Benjamin Nevarez
Publisher: Red gate books 2011
Number of pages: 272
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. With this knowledge, you'll be able to write superior queries, provide the Query Optimizer with all the information it needs to produce efficient execution plans, and troubleshoot the cases when the Query Optimizer is not giving you the best plan possible.
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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 Grant Fritchey - Simple Talk Publishing
An execution plan describes what's going on behind the scenes when SQL Server executes a query. This book leads you right from the basics of capturing plans, through how to interrupt them, and how to diagnose the causes of poor query performance.
by Alex Kuznetsov - Red Gate Books
The goal of Defensive Programming is to produce resilient code that responds gracefully to the unexpected. In this book, you will find practical programming techniques that will improve the quality of your T-SQL code and increase its robustness.
by Holger Schmeling - Simple-Talk Publishing
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.