The Story Behind Grant’s Execution Plan Book

Grant Fritchey shares a funny (in a Schadenfreude sense) look at what it took to get SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition out:

Four years ago, after a bunch of dithering and some negotiations with Tony Davis, my editor, I started to update my book, SQL Server Execution Plans. We managed to convince Hugo Kornelis to be the tech editor. I started to do the real writing in early 2015.

I was most of the way through a first draft and no one liked it. Tony was unhappy. Hugo was unhappy. I was unhappy. I was just trying to update the existing book, SQL Server Execution Plans. It wasn’t working.

We all came to the conclusion that the old book was wrong. Not simply in a technical sense, although there was a lot of that, but in a structural sense. So we started rearranging things. SQL Server 2014 came out, but I was ready for it, having been on a preview, so it was no big deal. We started a second draft.

The book Grant mentions is free in PDF format thanks to Red Gate, so go give it a download and enjoy the fruits of Grant’s labor.

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