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Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plans By Grant Fritchey
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Every day, out in the various discussion boards devoted to Microsoft SQL Server, the same types of questions come up again and again: Why is this query running slow? Is my index getting used? Why... More > does this query run faster than this query? My response is the same n in each case: have you looked at the execution plan? Execution plans provide a wealth of information on how your queries are being executed by SQL Server, and are a vitally important tool for anyone who writes TSQL to access data in a SQL Server database. My goal with this book was to gather as much useful information on execution plans as possible into a single location, and to organize it in such as way that it provided a clear route through the subject. Written and tested for SQL Server 2005, I guide you right from the basics of capturing plans, through their interpretation, and then on to how to use them to understand how you might optimize your SQL queries, improve your indexing strategy, spot some common performance issues, and more. < Less
The ABCs of Workflow for E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 By Karen Brownfield et al.
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Workflow is Oracle’s E–Business Suite tool for modeling business processes. Workflow combines procedures performed by the computer with a system of notifications that allow humans to... More > better direct the computer how to proceed. This book provides a very thorough explanation of the various components of Workflow. You’ll learn step by step how to develop and test custom Workflows, and how to administer Workflow using OAM, the Workflow Management screens, and Oracle Diagnostics. This book also explains how the underlying tables store the data generated by Workflow, and how to perform the setups required for a few of the most commonly used Oracle Workflows. The book also includes SQL scripts and sample procedures that we use at Solution Beacon to assess and solve Workflow problems, as well as DBA topics like cloning considerations and partitioning Workflow objects.< Less
The Hows and Whys Of Level Design - SE - Printed edition By Sjoerd De Jong
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This book covers both the visual and artistic side as well as the gameplay aspect of level design. Don’t expect any technical how-to tutorials in this book, this book is about the... More > "why". Rather than writing yet another tutorial/book about how to create a virtual room this book is about how to make that room look cool and play well. Expect tips and techniques as well as explanations of the logic and reasoning behind art and design decisions. How does the gameplay in a level work? What’s the reason this kind of architecture gives this kind of feeling or looks better in situation A or B? Why does this color combination work so well? What kind of floorplan can I best use to improve gameplay and why? What type of sound setup should I use? The book is well illustrated and offers many examples with pictures, nearly 120 to be exact. The book is intended to be universal. Extra info: http://www.Hourences.com< Less
Rails Rescue Handbook By Mike Gunderloy
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Rails is a powerful development tool for web applications - but that power can lead inexperienced developers astray. If you're working on a Rails project gone bad, the targeted advice in this ebook... More > will get you back on track quickly.< Less