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Linked lists

Learn how you can achieve better performance with linked list instead of a numbering column.  Read more...
By Andreas Bartels 2014/12/22 | Source: | Category: t-sql
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Using the MERGE Statement to Perform an UPSERT

The term UPSERT has been coined to refer to an operation that inserts rows into a table if they don’t exist, otherwise they are updated. To perform the UPSERT operation Microsoft introduced the MERGE statement. Not only does the MERGE statement support the UPSERT concept, but it also supports deleting records. Greg Larsen discusses how to use the MERGE statement to UPDATE, INSERT and DELETE records from a target table.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/22 | Source: Database Journal | Category: merge
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What counts for a DBA: Responsibility

Whose fault is it if a database is hacked and its contents appear on a hacker’s site? Louis Davidson suggests that, regardless of limitations, the DBA always bears some responsibility.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2014/12/22 | Source: | Category: editorial
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What, when and who? Auditing 101 - Part 3

Who messed around with my database? Auditing 101. In this article we will take a look at another technique available in SQL 2008 and higher. This new technique is SQL Audit.  Read more...
By Roy Ernest 2014/12/19 (first published: 2012/05/31) | Source: | Category: auditing
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The Wish List

This Friday Steve Jones asks you about your geek Christmas wishes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/19 | Source: | Category: editorial
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SQL Server Analysis Services Attribute Relationships

This tip looks at some of the questions around attribute relationships in SQL Server Analysis Services, including why you need them, how to create them, and the common data sets involved.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/19 | Source: | Category: ssas
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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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Deleting Data

The "right to be forgotten" law in Europe has Steve Jones a bit worried.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/18 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Byte Me: Yule Log On

Festive cheer on display. 
By Bob Lang 2014/12/17 | Source: | Category: editorial
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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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Go Small

The SQL Server community is amazing, and Steve Jones hopes we continue to be close as we grow. He brings light on an idea to grow us larger, but smaller.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/16 | Source: | Category: editorial
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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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Drop and Recreate

Steve Jones notes that disasters come in all shapes and sizes, but a little prep that you might not have thought of can reduce the scale of the issues.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/15 | Source: | Category: editorial
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