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The Data Access Handbook: Achieving Optimal Database Application Performance and Scalability by Robert A. Steward, John Goodson

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Preface

The world is flat. For thousands of years, all the mathematicians, explorers, and philosophers of the world knew this to be true. In the sixth century, several Greek philosophers presented evidence that the world was round. Yet, the experts shunned their ideas for hundreds of years more.

All database application performance and scalability problems can be solved by tuning the database. Ask the database experts—they’ll tell you this. They’ll even convince you to spend thousands to millions of dollars a year to tune the database software to solve performance issues. When tuning doesn’t resolve the problem, they’ll tell you that the database software or hardware, or both, is simply at capacity. But, if only 5% to 25% of the time it takes ...

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