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A Tale of Partition Schemes and Disappearing Dragons

A tale in which is detailed how I used SWITCH PARTITION to efficiently load my data and save myself from the flaming jaws of death.  Read more...
By Porter James 2017/10/20 (first published: 2015/11/02) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: partitioning
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The Remote Balance

Telecommuting and remote work are growing in many fields, but especially technology. However the practice needs to be balanced with the notion that you still have a life outside of work.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/10/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Overview of Azure Data Lake

Azure Data Lake stores petabytes of data and analyzes trillions of objects in one place with no constraints. Data Lake Store can store any type of data including massive data like high-resolution video, medical data, and data from a wide variety of industries. Data Lake Store scales throughput to support any size of analytic workload with low latency. Read on to learn more.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/10/20 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure data lake
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Top Talent Leaves

Why do employees leave their companies? There are a variety of reasons, but when your most talented people leave, that's a concern. Steve Jones comments on what we might do about this.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/10/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server Performance Benchmarking with Patterns

A SQL Server, SQL Azure and Hekaton performance bench marking application that uses patterns.  Read more...
By Paul Brewer 2017/10/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance
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Simple SQL: Random Thoughts

How does one get a truly random sample of data of a certain size from a SQL Server database table. Well, there are simple non-portable tricks one can use, such as the NewID() function, but then refining those can be tricky. Take the Rand() function for a start. Can it really provide you with a truly random number? Why doesn't the TABLESAMPLE clause give you a set number of rows? Joe Celko scratches his head a bit, explains some of the issues and invites some suggestions and tricks from readers.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/10/19 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Discover database DevOps and more at PASS Summit

PASS Summit lands in Seattle from October 31 to November 3 this year, bringing with it the latest thinking and developments in the SQL Server world. This blog post from Annabel Bradford gives the details of what Redgate willl be presenting on, when this year's Redgate Rocks party will be, and how you can get involved with the team!  Read more...
By 2017/10/19 | Source: Redgate | Category: pass summit
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Software Patents

Patents are one way that governments can spur innovation. However many people think software patents should be eliminated. Steve Jones doesn't think so, but would like reform.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/10/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Deeper into Nonclustered Indexes: Stairway to SQL Server Indexes Level 2

By this stage, you should be familiar with the basics of SQL Server indexes. We've discussed what an Index actually is, as well as some of the most common types you're likely to encounter. Now that we've seen some simple examples of how Indexes can be useful, we're going to delve deeper into nonclustered indexes, as we'll see how they can improve the performance of more complex queries.  Read more...
By David Durant 2017/10/18 (first published: 2014/11/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | 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 2017/10/18 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: Redgate | Category: concurrency
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SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups Using an Azure Template

There is already a template on the Azure marketplace for setting up an AlwaysOn Availability Group. In just a few easy steps you can get a working AlwaysOn Availability Group setup, configured and running - this post describes the steps to quickly set it up.  Read more...
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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Good Co-workers

It is important to have people that do good work and are good to work with.  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2017/10/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Introduction to Statistics

This article will give a brief overview of how statistics are generated, stored, and used in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Johnny Bieber 2017/10/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: statistics
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A Freecon Halloween at the PASS Summit

If you're attending the PASS Summit in 2017, there's a Freecon day on Tuesday you can attend.  Read more...
By Press Release 2017/10/17 (first published: 2017/10/13) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: events
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Key Lookups and ColumnStore Indexes

Erik figures out why SQL Server really doesn't like combining these two things in a query plan.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/10/17 | Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited Blog | Category: key lookup
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Loading Data using R and PowerBI

I'm not a fan of R visuals in PowerBI. I recently learned I can use R to load data and native PowerBI visuals to display the data. Here's how.  Read more...
By Nick Burns 2017/10/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: r language
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The Cloud is Better In At Least One Way

Azure SQL Database has a lot of integrity checks. Probably more than your local instance.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/10/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Webinar: how to cut time & disk space for database provisioning by 99%

If you’ve ever worked in a team that uses a single, shared database for development, you know how time-consuming and frustrating it is to provision copies of production databases for development work. In this webinar on October 17, you’ll see how SQL Clone cuts out the pain of provisioning development databases.  Read more...
By 2017/10/16 (first published: 2017/10/11) | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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Timing is Everything

Phil Factor on the wise habit of timing your database routines, to avoid relying on received wisdom about performance.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/10/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Power of Python and SQL Server 2017

Python is new to SQL Server 2017. It is intended primarily to allow the use of Python-based machine-learning within SQL Server, but it can be used for far more than this, with any Python libraries or Frameworks. To provide an example of what is possible, Hitendra shows how to use the feature securely to provide intelligent application caching, where SQL Server can automatically indicate when data changes to trigger a cache refresh.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/10/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: python
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