Learn T-SQL Querying

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Learn
  • Use Query Store to understand and easily change query performance
  • Recognize and eliminate bottlenecks that lead to slow performance
  • Deploy quick fixes and long-term solutions to improve query performance
  • Implement best practices to minimize performance risk using T-SQL
  • Achieve optimal performance by ensuring careful query and index design
  • Use the latest performance optimization features in SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2019
  • Protect query performance during upgrades to newer versions of SQL Server
About

Transact-SQL (T-SQL) is Microsoft's proprietary extension to the SQL language that is used with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. This book will be a useful guide to learning the art of writing efficient T-SQL code in modern SQL Server versions, as well as the Azure SQL Database.

The book will get you started with query processing fundamentals to help you write powerful, performant T-SQL queries. You will then focus on query execution plans and learn how to leverage them for troubleshooting. In the later chapters, you will learn how to identify various T-SQL patterns and anti-patterns. This will help you analyze execution plans to gain insights into current performance, and determine whether or not a query is scalable. You will also learn to build diagnostic queries using dynamic management views (DMVs) and dynamic management functions (DMFs) to address various challenges in T-SQL execution. Next, you will study how to leverage the built-in tools of SQL Server to shorten the time taken to address query performance and scalability issues. In the concluding chapters, the book will guide you through implementing various features, such as Extended Events, Query Store, and Query Tuning Assistant using hands-on examples.

By the end of this book, you will have the skills to determine query performance bottlenecks, avoid pitfalls, and discover the anti-patterns in use.

Foreword by Conor Cunningham, Partner Architect – SQL Server and Azure SQL – Microsoft

Features
  • Discover T-SQL functionalities and services that help you interact with relational databases
  • Understand the roles, tasks and responsibilities of a T-SQL developer
  • Explore solutions for carrying out database querying tasks, database administration, and troubleshooting
Page Count 484
Course Length 14 hours 31 minutes
ISBN 9781789348811
Date Of Publication 2 May 2019
Introducing the Cardinality Estimator
Understanding the query optimization workflow
Summary
Introducing Extended Events
SQL Server Profiler – deprecated but not forgotten
Getting up and running with XEvent Profiler
Remote collection with PSSDiag and SQLDiag
Analyzing traces with RML Utilities
Summary

Authors

Pam Lahoud

Pam Lahoud is a Program Manager in the Database Systems group, based in Redmond, WA, USA. She has been with Microsoft for 13 years and is currently responsible for program management of Database Engine features for in-market and vNext versions of SQL Server, with a special focus on the Storage Engine area. She is passionate about SQL Server performance and has focused on performance tuning and optimization, particularly from the developer's perspective, throughout her career. She is a SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) with over 20 years of experience working with SQL Server.

Pedro Lopes

Pedro Lopes is a Program Manager in the Database Systems group, based in Redmond, WA, USA. He has over 19 years of industry experience and has been with Microsoft for 9 years. He is currently responsible for program management of Database Engine features for in-market and vNext versions of SQL Server, with a special focus on the Relational Engine. He has extensive experience with query performance troubleshooting and is a regular speaker at numerous conferences such as SQLBits, PASS Summit, SQLIntersection, Microsoft Ignite, and Microsoft Build. He blogs about SQL on the SQL Server Team blog. He has authored several tools in the Tiger toolbox on GitHub: AdaptiveIndexDefrag maintenance solution, BPCheck, and usp_WhatsUp.