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Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals, The by Ken Henderson

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Chapter 2. Windows Fundamentals

You have two ears and one mouth. If you use them in those proportions, we'll get along just fine.

—Neil Coy

As I said in the Introduction, knowing how Windows works is foundational to understanding how a complex Windows application such as SQL Server works. Without a good understanding of how the operating system (OS) works, you have neither the tools nor the frame of reference to understand how SQL Server works. Humans store knowledge in neural networks built through associating new knowledge with existing knowledge. The knowledge and insight you gain from exploring SQL Server fits within the larger framework of how Windows works and how Windows applications in general are constructed. My purpose in this chapter ...

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