Well begun is half done.
Aristotle Politics, Bk. V, Ch. 4
This book is for readers who already know SQL and have an opportunity to tune SQL or the database where the SQL executes. It includes specific techniques for tuning on Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2. However, the main problem of SQL tuning is finding the optimum path to the data. (The path to the data is known as the execution plan.) This optimum path is virtually independent of the database vendor, and most of this book covers a vendor-independent solution to that problem.
The least interesting, easiest parts of the SQL tuning problem are vendor-specific techniques for viewing and controlling execution plans. For completeness, this book covers these parts of SQL tuning as well, for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2. Even on other databases, though (and on the original databases, as new releases bring change), the vendor-independent core of this book will still apply. As such, this book is fairly universal and timeless, as computer science texts go. I have used the method at the core of this book for 10 years, on four different vendors' databases, and I expect it to apply for at least another 10 years. You can always use your own vendor's current documentation (usually available online) to review the comparatively simple, release-dependent, vendor-specific techniques for viewing and controlling execution plans.