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Bones of SQL - The Calendar Table

This article introduces the concept of the Calendar table to SQL newcomers and illustrates use of a few columns they might not have imagined.  Read more...
By Bob Hovious 2017/11/24 (first published: 2016/09/08) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: calendar
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The Most Wanted Upgrade

This Black Friday Steve wonders what hardware you might desire.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How advanced is database DevOps in financial services?

Whether you’re exploring the advantages of DevOps or already fully immersed in the journey, including the database brings additional advantages. But how are you performing compared to the competition? What could you do better? What’s the benchmark you should be aiming for?  Read more...
By 2017/11/24 | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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Implied Predicate and Partition Elimination

Erik Darling's delighted to see that SQL Server does some creative partition elimination.  Read more...
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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the SQLServerCentral staff.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Databases in Azure… Where to begin? Create a Database and log in!

Ready to create your first Database in Azure. Here are the step by step instructions with plenty of definitions and terms.  Read more...
By Michael Morin 2017/11/23 (first published: 2016/06/16) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure sql database
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Extending DevOps practices to SQL Server databases with ReadyRoll and VSTS

In this demo heavy session you’ll see how Redgate’s SQL Toolbelt allows you to take a local development database, source control it, set up automated builds and automate deployments to an Azure SQL database in less than an hour using VSTS.  Read more...
By 2017/11/23 | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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SQL Server R Services: Generating Sparklines and Other Types of Spark Graphs

By being able to run R from SQL Server, you have available to you not just a convenient way of performing analysis on data but also a wide range of more specialized graphical facilities. Rob Sheldon illustrates the point by demonstrating how you can create sparklines that can then be embedded in reports.  Read more...
By 2017/11/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql server r services
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Stairway to MDX - Level 3: The Order() Function

The Order() function provides the 'hierarchized' sorts you need for reports and applications using MDX. In this Step, Business Intelligence Architect Bill Pearson explores using the versatile Order() function for providing dataset sorts that respect dimensional hierarchies.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2017/11/22 (first published: 2011/05/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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The Pressure to Perform

Steve Jones wonders how things might be different is developers were treated more like salespeople with quotas.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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 2017/11/22 (first published: 2014/02/26) | Source: Redgate | Category: replication
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SQL Source Control v6 now supports SQL Server 2017, SQL Graph, and TFS 2018

SQL Server 2017 went on general release a couple of weeks ago and the latest version of SQL Source Control offers full support, as well as support for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2018. This brings a whole host of benefits and opens up cross-platform workflows, encompassing both on-premises and cloud, through connections to SQL Server instances on Linux and Azure Active Directory authentication.  Read more...
By 2017/11/22 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Dynamic Data Masking on Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database’s Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) feature limits the exposure of sensitive information to non-privileged users. DDM can mask either the full value or partial value in a column. This method can also mask Social Security and Credit Card Numbers without making any changes to the application.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/22 | Source: Database Journal | Category: dynamic data masking
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DBAs and the ITIL Framework, Part II: Asset Management

See how the ITIL Framework's Asset Management standards make the DBA's job easier. Use the CMDB and DML to keep your data assets under tight control.  Read more...
By John F. Tamburo 2017/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: itil
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Avoiding Development Taxes

Anytime we adopt a new technology, framework, platform, language, etc., we will pay a tax in development output.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Preparing your data platform for peak period sales

In the last few years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with both getting a good bargain and causing retail pandemonium. So how can you prepare your data platform for the increase in traffic?  Read more...
By 2017/11/21 | Source: Redgate | Category: data platform
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More SQL Server Features that Time Forgot

SQL Server produces some great features, but it would be impossible to get them spot-on target every time. We are now quietly advised to use caution about using some of them, such as AutoShrink or the Index Advisor. Others, like the database diagramming tool, almost seem to have been quietly abandoned. Robert Sheldon investigates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql server
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Automatic Plan Correction

SQL Server 2017 lets you solve parameter sniffing problems - Automatically!  Read more...
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We Really Need Better Security

Some disturbing security issues reported this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Bots

Bots might be the new way to access data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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