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SQL Server Execution Plans, 2nd Edition by Grant Fritchey

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Foreword

I have attended many SQL Server conferences since 2000, and I have spoken with hundreds of people attending them. One of the most significant trends I have noticed over the past 12 years is the huge number of people who have made the transition from IT Professional or Developer, to SQL Server Database Administrator. In some cases, the transition has been planned and well thought-out. In other cases, it was an accidental transition, when an organization desperately needed a DBA, and the closest warm body was chosen for the job.

No matter the route you took to get there, all DBAs have one thing in common: we have had to learn how to become DBAs through self-training, hard work, and trial and error. In other words, there is no school ...

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