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The new Analytic functions in SQL Server 2012

SQL Server expert Wayne Sheffield looks into the new T-SQL analytic functions coming in SQL Server 2012.  Read more...
By Wayne Sheffield 2015/05/01 (first published: 2012/01/19) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server 2012
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CONCAT and STUFF Functions in SQL Server 2012

The difference between the CONCAT function and the STUFF function lies in the fact that CONCAT allows you to append a string value at the end of another string value whereas STUFF allows you insert or replace a string value into or in between another string value. Read on to learn more about these functions and their real life usage.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/05/01 | Source: Database Journal | Category: concat
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Automated database deployment workshops

Redgate is offering a 1-day public workshop for anyone who’s interested in automated deployments for SQL Server databases. In the hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to deploy with PowerShell and Octopus Deploy, work with NuGet packages, handle unexpected changes in your production database (database drift), test your changes with dry run releases, add review and rollback steps, check your deployments have worked, and how to fix things if your deployment fails. Find a workshop near you.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/05/01 | Source: Redgate | Category: events
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SQLServerCentral Runs sp_Blitz - The Future

After examining the SQLServerCentral servers using the sp_Blitz™ script, Steve Jones now looks at how we will use the script moving forward.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
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Microservices in Promise and Practice

Are microservices the cure for the ague of monolithic applications, or do they bring their own problems with them that monolithic architectures have circumvented? Are they capable of delivering applications that are easier to maintain and develop? How can they avoid the failings of service-oriented architectures? Once more, Robert Sheldon gets to the heart of the technical issues.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/30 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: microservices
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Stairway To SQL Server Columnstore Indexes Level 2: Columnstore Storage

To fully appreciate just how different columnstore indexes are, and why work so well in reporting and online analytical processing (OLAP) workloads, but not for online transaction processing (OLTP), we must first look at the traditional “rowstore” indexes.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2015/04/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Automated database deployment workshop: London, UK

Join Redgate on May 20th for a 1-day public workshop in London. This event is for anyone who’s interested in automated deployments for SQL Server databases. You'll learn how to: Deploy databases using Redgate's DLM tools; Assess the different requirements of production and non-production deployments, and; Handle database administration tasks, such as backups and security, for automated deployment. Register while space is available.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/04/29 | Source: Redgate | Category: events
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Free eBook: Understanding SQL Server Concurrency

When you can’t get to your data because another application has it locked, a thorough knowledge of SQL Server concurrency will give you the confidence to decide what to do.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/04/29 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: Redgate | Category: concurrency
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Disaster Recovery and Big Data

Big data applications are not usually considered mission-critical: while they support sales and marketing decisions, they do not significantly affect core operations such as customer accounts, orders, inventory, and shipping. Why, then, are major IT organizations moving quickly to incorporating big data in their disaster recovery plans?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/29 | Source: Database Journal | Category: disaster recovery (dr)
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Comprehensive Baseline Collector Solution (Updated)

There are no more excuses for not having baseline data. This article introduces a comprehensive Free Baseline Collector Solution  Read more...
By Robert Virag 2015/04/28 (first published: 2014/10/21) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: baseline
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CHECK Constraints vs NULL values

By Justin Clementz 2015/05/01 | Category: null
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What happens when you try to create the CHECK constraint?


IF OBJECT_ID('dbo.Test') IS NOT NULL
BEGIN
DROP TABLE dbo.Test;
END;
GO
CREATE TABLE dbo.Test
(
ID INT NOT NULL,
StartDate DATETIME NOT NULL,
EndDate DATETIME NULL
);
GO

INSERT...  Read more...
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