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GUIDs GUIDs everywhere, but how is my data unique?

After having seen many systems that use GUIDs as the primary key for every table, it is time to say enough is enough.  Read more...
By Thomas Romeo 2014/12/18 | Source: | Category: guid
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Questions About T-SQL Transaction Isolation Levels You Were Too Shy to Ask

Every time you access a relational database to make a query, you have an important decision to make: What is the appropriate isolation level for your query? If you get this wrong, the consequences can be serious. Deadlocks, Dirty reads, Non-repeatable reads, or poor performance. We're in luck, because Robert Sheldon once more answers those questions that are awkward to ask in public.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 1: Introduction to Advanced Transact SQL Stairway and Using the CROSS JOIN Operator

The first installment of this new stairway series will be discuss the CROSS JOIN operator. This stairway should help readers prepare for passing the Microsoft Certification exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2014/12/17 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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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 2014/12/17 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: concurrency
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Introduction to Azure SQL Database Scalability

One of the primary advantages of Platform-as-a-Service solutions offered by Microsoft Azure is the ease with which scaling can be implemented. While SQL Database facilitates both vertical and horizontal scaling approaches, scaling it out is considerably more challenging. In this article, we will provide a high-level overview of both vertical and horizontal scaling methods available with Azure SQL Database.  Read more...
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What To Do When the Import and Export Wizard Fails - Part II Exports

This article will discuss a case study of utilizing a SSIS package to export a table that has columns with data type varchar(mx) and text to an Excel file.   Read more...
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Tribal Awards Finalists

Voting is now open for the Tribal Awards. Vote for one of the 5 finalists in each category to win a fabulous* prize.   Read more...
By Press Release 2014/12/16 | Source: | Category: awards
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SQL Server Reporting Services Basics: The Visual Controls

Kathi Kellenberger demonstrates how to start adding visual flair to your SSRS reports, using its impressive set of visual controls, ranging from basic charts to gauges, indicators, sparklines, and maps.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: ssrs
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Adding a Query Governor to Dynamic-Search Stored Procedures

When undisciplined users access your search forms, you can control their behavior and limit the results they're presented with in various ways.  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2014/12/15 | Source: | Category: dynamic search
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Debugging Natively-Compiled Stored Procedures Statements

Considering that SQL Server 2014 Natively Compiled Stored Procedures are compiled into binary code, you may have asked yourself if it's possible to monitor statement execution. In this tip Daniel Farina explains how you can monitor SQL Server Natively Compiled Stored Procedures.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/15 | Source: | Category: stored procedures
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T-SQL Tricks – Trigger Your Memory

I was scanning Twitter the other day and saw a note from someone that they had written a query using...  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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Bit Casting

By Gabe Tower 2014/12/18 | Category: bitwise operations
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What will these bit casts yield?


    @a VARCHAR(30) = 'TRUE'

,   @b VARCHAR(30) = 'FALSE'

,   @c VARCHAR(30) = '0'

,   @d VARCHAR(30) = '1'

,   @e INT = -5

,   @f INT = 1

,   @g INT = 0;


        ['TRUE'... 
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