It’s a book!

March 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm (SQL Server 2008)

I just received my copies of the book. “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled” is an honest to gosh, in print, available on Amazon
and Barnes & Noble BOOK!
Sorry, just need a little time for a victory dance on the table. Huzzah!



  1. SQLBatman said,

    congrats grant! nicely done.

  2. Jack D Corbett said,

    Awesome, now I’ve got to get one.

  3. Brooke said,

    Great news! If the book is half as good as the Scary DBA himself, it will be a classic.

  4. RBarryYoung said,

    Way to go, Grant!

  5. Gail said,


  6. scarydba said,

    Thanks everyone. Several of you are mentioned by name in the acknowledgments.

    Brooke! Great to hear from you. Hope things are going well at the new digs.

  7. Gail said,

    Looks like I’ll have to wait a bit before I can get it. The local online shop has a note “Not yet released. Expected 23 Mar, 2009”

  8. Tim G said,

    I learned a lot from Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plans, so I’m looking forward to reading your new book. has a delivery estimate of March 27 – April 1, so I guess I’ll still have to wait for a few weeks. The suspense is killing me! Okay, maybe not, but I’m still looking forward to it.

  9. scarydba said,

    I’m very happy to hear that the Execution Plans book was helpful. Of the two, I think it’s the more unique resource, but I hope this one helps as well.

    I don’t know what’s up with the shipping from Amazon. I’ve seen it say March 29th, 23rd and 16th. Last I looked it was saying 1-2 months. I suspect it’s in the pipeline there, but fully distributed yet.

  10. Tim Mitchell said,

    Congrats Grant. I’ll have to get my copy autographed.

  11. RBarryYoung said,


    I just got my copy in the mail today (It’s good to be an Amazon Prime member!), sadly I will not be able to get to it until this weekend, at best. I’ll let you know…

  12. scarydba said,

    Oh no, you mean people are actually going to read it? Whoa! No one told me that.

    I hope it doesn’t stink too much Barry.

  13. RBarryYoung said,

    Me too, since you included my name in the acknowledgments! (Major thanks for that too! :) )

    Flipping through it, it looks good so far. Makes me wish I could drop everything and read it right now… :(

  14. scarydba said,

    No, thanks to you & all the rest I mentioned. I’ve learned a lot from you guys and credit has to go where it’s due.

  15. Phil Factor said,

    Isn’t it such a nice feeling to get into your hands a real live paper book written by yourself; something you can give to devoted aunts, leave casually on the coffee table, thumb through and think to yourself ‘blimey I did that!’. Oh yes. Many congratulations on both books. Heaven knows, it represents a lot of hard work.

  16. scarydba said,

    Thanks. I do appreciate it.

  17. Tony Garofalo said,

    Hello Grant,

    My name is Tony Garofalo, SQL Server DBA since SQL Server 7.0. I first purchased this book when Sajal wrote the 2nd Edition for SQL 2000. I went through that book like it was written especifically for me. I even sent him an email some time ago asking that it be re-released for 2005 or 2008, I don’t remember which or if it even reached him.

    However, I am pleased to see this newly released version of the book and I’m reading every page with enthusiasm. There is one topic I was genuinely hoping to see covereed and it is not discussed, assemblies. CLR stored procedures are very much the responsibility of the DBA since they reside in our databases. What I was hoping to read about and see was a discussion on how to decide which was the better stored procedure to implement, the CLR version or the native SQL procedure with the statistics and graphics to support the decision. CLR stored procedures and other assembly objects are very much a part of the application layer, as illustrated on pg. 9 “Where to Focus Efforts”.

    The Apress release, Pro SQL Server 2005 Assemblies has been a great help to me in understanding the creation and use of this fairly recent set of objects which we DBA’s need a handle on. Your contribution to the performance metrics regarding their use could be a greatly valued contribution to our set of skills.

    Regards and Thanks Again for the Updated Book,
    Tony Garofalo

  18. scarydba said,

    Hello Tony,

    I do agree that CLR is something that affects DBA’s when it is used. Fortunately or unfortunately, very few applications are using it. I don’t have any taking advantage of it where I work. Since it’s such an under-utilized resource, it’s hard to include it in a generalists book. I’m not that acquainted with it myself. I’m glad there are specialists books out there that support it.

    I do hope Query Tuning Distilled is still useful to you.

  19. Anibal Garcia said,

    Ypu are a Great teacher, in a few hours you teach me very well. Many people need a simple example and you are master.

  20. scarydba said,

    Thank you Anibal. I think you might over-state the case a bit, but I’m glad I could help. That was the goal of the book, to help out.

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