The authoritative inside scoop on SQL Sever 6.5. This is a highly technical book, but if you're looking for that hard to find information, this is the book for you. Lots of SQL Server history and behind the scenes stuff which may or may not interest you. But what makes this book invaluable is the coverage of performance optimization, debugging and troubleshooting, and system design. Hands on advice on setting configuration options, using batches and stored procedures, working with cursors, even how to manage indexes and determine where they are needed and where not. This one is highly recommended.