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Database Design Follies: NULL vs. NOT NULL

It sounds simple enough. Either your column will always have a value or it may not. Yet somehow such a seemingly simple decision can become a never-ending debate where database schema begins to resemble superstition and designing effective tables seems more contentious than you expected it to be.  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/10/30 | Source: | Category: null
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Does NoSQL = NoDBA?

There’s a joke doing the rounds at SQL conferences and seminars: three DBAs walk into a NoSQL bar and leave when they can’t find a table. You may have heard it before, but it made Matt Hilbert sit down and ponder. What’s happening? Is there a division opening up between the newly fashionable NoSQL followers and DBAs? Matt enters the world of NoSQL to investigate.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/30 | Source: SimpleTalk
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Have You Been Hacked?

Security is a big deal, and Steve Jones wonders if most data professionals would be aware that they had been hacked.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/30 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 3: Infrastructure 101

In this next level of the Stairway to AlwaysOn, we will look at the components required to implement a Windows Server Failover Cluster.  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2014/10/29 | Source: | Category: cluster
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Automating Red Gate SQL Compare with MSSQL Server Agent

How to compare two databases and email the results to every one who needs to know  Read more...
By Neil Burton 2014/10/29 | Source: | Category: red gate
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Stuck in a Rut

What do people do when their job doesn't require a lot of technical skills? Steve Jones has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/29 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Three SQL Server MVPs (Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger and Gail Shaw) provide fascinating insight into the most common SQL Server problems, why they occur, and how they can be diagnosed using tools such as Performance Monitor, Dynamic Management Views and server-side tracing. The focus is on practical solutions for removing root causes of these problems, rather than "papering over the cracks".  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/10/29 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: troubleshooting
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Triple Digits

Salaries for data professionals have risen quite a bit, according to the latest salary survey. That's good for those of us working with SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/28 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 19: Excel and Data Mining, Samples, Queries

This lesson explains how to Clean Data, Explore Data, get Samples of Data, Classify and query a Data Mining Model.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/10/28 | Source: | Category: excel
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Data Is Crazier than You Think

As a society, we have an unrealistic respect for data, especially if it has a decimal point somewhere and uses metric units. We who are in the business of data need to cultivate a renewed interest in the sceptical and rigorous science of statistics: it is too important to leave to 'Data Scientists'. If the data is wrong, or the way we analyse or report it is misleading, much of what we do is pointless.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/28 | Source: SimpleTalk
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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: Average I/O Stalls

This metric is a great general indicator of performance problems. High stall times indicate I/O problems, which can be attributed to busy physical disks or queries that return large data sets to the client.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/28 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: sql monitor
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CI and CD Aren't Magic

The techniques for Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) don't make software better by themselves. It takes some investment and work by your staff as well.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/27 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Dynamically change background color in SSRS reports using custom code

This article demonstrates the use of custom code and cell expressions referencing that custom code to toggle the background color of groups of rows in an SSRS report based upon value-changes in one of the fields.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2014/10/27 | Source: | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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Managers: who needs them?

Managers, look away now. Patrick Index wants to get something off his chest...  Read more...
By Patrick Index 2014/10/27 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Preparing Your Enterprise for Big Data

Big data applications are now fairly commonplace in large organizations. It is, however, difficult to simply ‘drop’ these applications into an existing IT infrastructure and expect to run smoothly. In addition to energy and cooling requirements for new hardware to support the new big data application, other IT areas need to prepare.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/27 | Source: Database Journal | Category: big data
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SQL in the City Seattle - November 3

SQL in the City Seattle is a free day of SQL Server training the Red Gate way. Come and hear presenters like Grant Fritchey, Gail Shaw, Ike Ellis, and more. Register while space is available.  Read more...
By 2014/10/27 | Source: Red-Gate
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What's a Toaster?

There are always generic items that we encounter in life, things where it doesn't seem to matter to each of us what brand/price/model we pick. This Friday Steve Jones asks what you might consider to be generic in your job.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Memory Corruptions, or Why You Need DBCC CHECKDB

DBCC is a mechanism that can protect you against corruptions causing substantial data loss in your database. If you use it.  Read more...
By Paul Randal 2014/10/24 (first published: 2012/11/08) | Source: | Category: memory corruption
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The MidnightDBAs release Minion Reindex

The MidnightDBAs have developed a free reindexing solution to help DBAs perform maintenance on their instances. Read about the solution and attend their webinar.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/10/24 | Source: | Category: press release
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The Role of the Technical Architect in Development

What do Technical Architects (TAs) actually do when in a development role? Are they just senior developers 'pushed upstairs' into a management role? Is there a clear distinction between a TA and a product, or project, manager? In an increasingly automated and joined up development environment, the role is important, varied and wide-ranging; as Grzegorz Strzelecki explains.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: role
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