New Book on Query Optimizer

October 26, 2010 at 10:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Benjamin Nevarez (blog) has been working really hard on a book on the Query Optimizer. It just got finished in time so that there will be copies available at the PASS Summit. I strongly recommend you track it down. There’s a lot to learn between the covers. How do I know since the book just got finished and isn’t in anyone’s hands yet? Because I’ve been watching it get built. I put in my small efforts as the technical editor. I feel bad about that because I’ve always learned from my technical editors and I’m fairly sure I learned more from Benjamin than he did from me. Get a copy of the book. You won’t be disappointed.

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SQL Server Execution Plans Published… Again

April 11, 2009 at 8:59 am (SQLServerPedia Syndication, TSQL) (, , )

My first book is finally in print. OK. I know. It sounds funny. But my first book was printed in only a limited print run from Red Gate, most of which they gave away at Tech Ed last year. Then they offered it for free in an electronic form. Very few people got a printed copy. Well, if you were waiting around for the dead tree version, it’s here!

Thanks again to Tony Davis & Brad McGehee for all the work they did. It just wouldn’t have been possible without them.

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Training and Learning

August 18, 2008 at 8:06 am (SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, Tools) (, , , )

I think these are usually two different things, but most people conflate the two. There was a great discussion over at SQL Server Central based on an editorial by Steve Jones. It’s worth reading through to see how people learn or get themselves trained.

One common theme is reading books. I’m looking at stacks of them all over my desk, so it would be hard to deny their use. If you too like to read, then I’ve got something for you. Red Gate is doing a promotion where, when you purchase SQL Tool Belt, you can also download five E-Books offered by Apress. Several of them look pretty interesting, so this is a good deal. Not to mention, if you’re not using some of the tools from SQL Tool Belt already, you’re in for a treat. SQL Compare and SQL Prompt must be open on my desktop most days and I use several of  the other tools every week. Get a good book and check out the great tools.

Updated to accurately reflect the offer.

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New SCOM Book

March 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm (SCOM) (, , , , )

I got a new SCOM book in the mail yesterday, System Center Operations Manager Unleashed. It’s friggin’ huge. I’ve just started reading through it and it looks pretty good. So far, it’s much more thorough than the only other book available for SCOM, Mastering System Center Operations Manager 2007. I’m going to ready through more of it before I post a review to Amazon. I think I’ll write up a review for the PASS book reviews too. Hey, if you have time on your hands, get on over there, request a book and write up your own review.

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