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Practical Uses for Synonyms in SQL Server

The concept of a synonym was introduced in SQL Server 2005. Synonyms are very simple database objects, but have the potential to save a lot of time and work if implemented with a little bit of thought. This article discusses what exactly a synonym is, and a few examples of how to use them.  Read more...
By Jason Shadonix 2016/06/24 (first published: 2014/09/11) | Source: | Category: synonyms
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Persistent PowerShell: The PowerShell Profile

You can mould PowerShell to the way you want to work, with all the settings and modules that you require, by using the profiles. Profiles are PowerShell scripts that run at startup, and once you have understood where they are and when each is used, they have a whole range of uses that make using PowerShell a lot more convenient.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Nasty Fast N-Grams (Part 1): Character-Level Unigrams

An article about tally tables, N-Grams and the fastest character-level N-Grams function available today for SQL Server.  Read more...
By Alan Burstein 2016/06/23 | Source: | Category: tally table
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Custom Solution to Measure SQL Server Query Performance Improvements

Performance tuning is a creative process which requires a lot of attention and manual work. SQL Server 2016's Query Store makes some of this work much easier, but what if you're using an earlier version? Fikrat Azizov shows how to automate assessing SQL Server query performance changes by using custom performance collection tools and reports.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/23 | Source: | Category: performance tuning
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Breakdown of a U-SQL Statement

Following on from our introduction to U-SQL, we take a look at how a typical U-SQL statement is constructed.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/06/22 | Source: | Category: usql
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Free eBook: Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication

Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication provides a hands-on introduction to SQL Server replication. The book introduces you to the technologies that make up replication, and then walks you through setting up different replication scenarios. When you've finished reading, you should be able to implement your own multi-server replication setup while following the principle of least privilege.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/22 (first published: 2014/02/26) | Source: Redgate | Category: replication
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Altering an Existing Table to Support Temporal Data

In this article Greg Larsen explores using the temporal table feature of SQL Server 2016 to create a history table for an existing SQL Server table.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/22 | Source: Database Journal | Category: temporal tables
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Migrating SSIS Projects and Parameters, Part 1

In this first part to looking at deploying SSIS packages to new environments, Andy Leonard looks at a few options for migrating your work to a new instance.  Read more...
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Taking Azure SQL Data Warehouse for a Test-Drive

Azure SQL Data Warehouse uses SQL to query the data, but there are some differences to SQL Server's dialect of TSQL, and queries don't necessarily work in the same way. DBAs are also required to use SSDT to access Azure SQL Data Warehouse. It is worth taking the time to try the preview of the product, and take it for a 'spin around the block', following Robert Sheldon's walk-through.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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A SQL Server Date Handling Issue

How do you think SQL Server will handle this scenario ?  Read more...
By David Ozono 2016/06/20 | Source: | Category: sql server date handling
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JSON Paths

By Steve Jones 2016/06/24 | Category: json
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I have this JSON document:

     "firstName": "John",
     "lastName": "Smith",
     "age": 25,
         "streetAddress": "21 2nd Street",
         "city": "New York",
         "state": "NY",
         "postalCode": "10021"
           "type": "home",
           "number": "212 555-1234"
           "type":... 
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