“Use the Index Luke” is the free to read on-line version of the book “SQL Performance Explained“. If the book is free, why even mention the official “SQL Performance Explained” title for the hard copy?
There are two primary reasons for purchasing a copy for my library. One is having a version of my own to read off line at the ready whenever I need it. The second is to support the author, Mark Winand, and his great contribution to helping me better understand how I can improve the performance of SQL in my code.
I started reading the on-line version of the book, “Use the Index Luke” and, when I began to realize the value of the information being presented, I was compelled to get a copy of “SQL Performance Explained” for my library.
I have seen prices for this book ranging from the Amazon list price to outrageous prices that could only force you to look elsewhere. Links to the book’s web page have been provided throughout this post. I purchased the PDF version directly from the book’s website as it is more than reasonably priced at 9.95 Euros ($15.95 Canadian) and is easy to import into my Kindle app.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how SQL really works behind the scenes. Some programmers don’t really care what lies under the hood as long as it works. Eventually the time will come when it doesn’t and you’ll wish you knew why.
“SQL Performance Explained” includes content for the major relational database management systems (RDBMS). After reading and applying the concepts discussed in the book, I have learned to improve the performance of of some queries by several fold.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, a free online version of the book is available to read at your leisure. I’ve always said “Be careful who teaches you”. Mark Winand is a great “teacher” and you’ll appreciate the investment in time that this book requires.
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