Going to Summit? Here’s a Calendar Invite for My Session.

At Summit, on Wednesday at 1:30PM in room 6C, I’m presenting “Getting Better Query Plans by Improving SQL’s Estimates.”

Here’s the abstract:

Like Books Online, but with jazz hands

You’ve been writing T-SQL queries for a few years now, and when you have performance issues, you’ve been updating stats and using OPTION (RECOMPILE). It’s served you well, but every now and then, you hit a problem you can’t solve. Your data’s been growing larger, your queries are taking longer to run, and you’re starting to wonder: how can I start getting better query plans?

The secret is often comparing the query plan’s estimated number of rows to actual number of rows. If they’re different, it’s up to you – not the SQL Server engine – to figure out why the guesses are wrong. To improve ’em, you can change your T-SQL, the way the data’s structured and stored, or how SQL Server thinks about the data.

This session won’t fix every query – but it’ll give you a starting point to understand what you’re looking at, and where to go next as you learn about the Cardinality Estimator.

See you there, and if you’re not one of the 150+ folks who’ve signed up, there’s still space in our Tuesday pre-con, Performance Tuning in 21 Demos. Attendees get a free year of SQL ConstantCare®, too – that bonus pays for the price of the pre-con!

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