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3.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the book, but take a look at the web site, 30 Aug 2013
This review is from: High Performance Techniques for Microsoft SQL Server (Kindle Edition)
Hi,

I have written an in-depth review of this book on i-programmer DOT info, the first part of this review follows:

This recently published book has a promising title, but does it live up to the expectation?

I had expected this book to contain discussions and new insights into the common performance problems seen on SQL Server. However, most of the articles relate to smaller, more subtle, and specific problems you might experience during application development.

A wide range of performance related topics are discussed, including:

*Best Approach for Running Totals
*Split Strings the Right Way
*Performance impact of different error handling techniques
*Conditional Order By
*What impact can different cursor types have?
*How much impact can a data type choice have?
*Is the sp_ prefix still a no-no?
*The Halloween Problem

The book seems to be only available for the Kindle. The SQL code is difficult to read on my Kindle due to bad formatting. Code formatting should help you by giving you a visual representation of the flow of the code. The editors should have corrected this. This is ironic since one of the book's articles talks about people disliking the use of dynamic SQL since it is difficult to read, due to bad formatting.
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I expected the book to give fresh new insights into major SQL Server performance problems. Instead it largely contains answers to the smaller class of problems you might come across in your development, so for me the book did not live up with its title. The book need much better editing.

Avoid the book, but take a look at the web site.
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