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One a Week

SQL Saturday continues to set records, and Steve Jones is amazed at the latest data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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New SQL Server 2014 Permissions: CONNECT ANY DATABASE

CONNECT ANY DATABASE is one of three new permissions in SQL Server 2014 that can be granted to server logins. What is this new permission good for and why would we ever want this?  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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Avoiding Database Deployment Disasters – 7 Tips

Here are seven practical tips for any 'accidental DBA' or developer, faced with having to deploy an upgrade to a database live to production, in a development environment that is in the early stages of getting the database code “house in order".  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/29 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: database deployment
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How to Handle Calculations Related to fiscal year and quarter

This article describes an easy way to handle calculation based on fiscal year and quarter  Read more...
By Raymond Xie 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: fiscal year
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Frustration with Bad Design

It can be frustrating to deal with poorly implemented systems, but Steve Jones notes that you can't take things into your own hands.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 2: Anatomy of a Cloud Service

In this article, we’ll be focusing on the different ways you can build with a Cloud Service, and what exactly happens in terms of virtual machines when you deploy your application.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/28 | Source: Just Azure | Category: azure
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Static Code Analysis: a necessary irritation.

There is little doubt that static code analysis can contribute to code quality and deliverability. As an aid to a developer, it seems increasingly essential, but can it ever deliver reliable metrics of code-quality? One shudders at the potential misuse of quality metrics in the wrong hands. My hope is that it remains just an aid to human judgement; and creativity.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
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Exploring Recursive CTEs by Example

Recursive CTEs can be confusing and scary, so examining some non-standard examples may cast light upon these shadowy demons.  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2014/07/25 (first published: 2012/07/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Summer, Summer, Summertime

This Friday Steve Jones has a poll about your summertime activities. What have you done away from work that was memorable?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Why Put Your Database into Source Control?

Checking program code into source control is a daily ritual for most developers, but versioning database code is less well-understood. Grant Fritchey argues that getting your databases under source control is not only vital for the stability of development and deployment, but it will make your life easier when something does go wrong.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/25 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: source control
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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: WriteLog Wait Time

During a transaction, data is written to the log cache so that it’s ready to be written to the log file on commit, or can be rolled back if necessary. When the log cache is being flushed to disk, the SQL Server session will wait on the WriteLog wait type. If this happens all the time, it may suggest disk bottlenecks where the transaction log is stored.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/25 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: sql monitor
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Data Decisions or Instinct?

Should decisions be made on instinct or with data?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Columnstore Index Changes in SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2012 introduced columnstore indexes, which can immensely improve the performance of OLAP queries. How were they updated and improved in SQL Server 2014?  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: columnstore indexes
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Restoring the SQL Server Master Database Even Without a Backup

Many DBAs back up their user databases, but not their system databases. Whatever the reason for the lack of a backup, John Grover explains how to save yourself (mostly) should you ever find yourself with no viable master database and no good backup.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/24 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: restore database
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SQL in the City Workshop - Continuous Integration Stairway

Red Gate’s running a half-day training workshop at their UK head office in Cambridge on Aug 8. It’ll show you how to link your database source control repository to your build system as the starting point for continuous integration.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/24 | Source: SQL in the City | Category: events
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 9: Dynamic T-SQL Code

There times when you need to write T-SQL code that creates specific T-SQL Code and executes it. When you do this you are creating dynamic T-SQL code. When writing dynamic T-SQL you need to understand how dynamic code opens the possibilities for a SQL injection attack.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2014/07/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Byte Me: Deep Insight

At least it's not Sage.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2014/07/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/23 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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Calculating and Verifying Check Digits in T-SQL

A lot of numbers that we use everyday such as Bank Card numbers, Identification numbers, and ISBN codes, have check digits. As part of the routine data cleansing of such codes we must check that the code is valid- but do we? Dwain Camps shows how it can be done in SQL in such a way that it could even be used in a constraint, and keep bad data out of the database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: calculation
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SQL-only ETL using a bulk insert into a temporary table (SQL Spackle)

This article demonstrates a method of importing a data file directly into a temporary table and selectively inserting data from the temporary table into a SQL Server table, all in a single set of SQL commands.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: bulk insert
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