SQL Server Execution Plans
by Grant Fritchey
Publisher: Simple Talk Publishing 2012
Number of pages: 332
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 in their various forms, graphical or XML, and then how to use the information you find there to diagnose the most common causes of poor query performance, and so optimize your SQL queries, and improve your indexing strategy.
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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.
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 Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger - Red gate books
SQL Server-related performance problems come up regularly and diagnosing and solving them can be difficult and time consuming. Read this book for descriptions of the most common issues and practical solutions to fix them quickly and accurately.
by Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner - Microsoft Press
The authors explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing and data-warehouse solutions. They also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud.