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Using the DbFit Framework for Data Warehouse Regression Testing

It is ironic that the users of database application need to rely on the very technologists that created the system to then devise and run their acceptance tests. Surely someone has devised a test system for databases that is simple enough for ordinary tech-savvy people to use and for them to create the tests? Yes they have. Fitnesse DbFit is a mature product that can, and does, test SQL Server databases, and Nat Sundar explains how to set it up and do it.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: data warehouse
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How Redgate helped define a truly automated database deployment process

At the end of 2016, Redgate interviewed Bob Walker, a Lead Application Developer, to find out how he went about setting up automated database deployments using Redgate tools, and also to find out what lessons he learned during the process - the highlights make for interesting reading. Read the interview write-up.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/18 | Source: Redgate | Category: automated deployment
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Array Element by Agonizing Array Element

Iterations and loops are fundamental parts of computer science, but with SQL and PowerShell, we may want different programming paradigms.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/05/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Road to Database CI

One firm's journey on the road to mastering (or at least attempting) continuous database integration.  Read more...
By Steve Thompson 2017/05/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: continuous integration
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Free eBook: SQL Server Transaction Log Management

When a SQL Server database is operating smoothly and performing well, there is no need to be particularly aware of the transaction log, beyond ensuring that every database has an appropriate backup regime and restore plan in place. When things go wrong, however, a DBA's reputation depends on a deeper understanding of the transaction log, both what it does, and how it works.  Read more...
By Press Release 2017/05/17 (first published: 2013/08/14) | Source: Redgate | Category: transaction log
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Cardinality Estimation for a Predicate on a COUNT Expression

Paul White takes you on an optimizer journey, exploring how SQL Server comes up with cardinality estimates for COUNT queries.  Read more...
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Do you use Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code is rapidly gaining in popularity, but is it all it could be, or is there room for improvement? Redgate is embarking on some research to better understand how you are using this lightweight editor, and where it can be improved. Have your say by filling in this short survey!  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/19 (first published: 2017/05/17) | Source: Redgate | Category: visual studio code
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Fixing an SSRS Password Error while Changing Credentials

SSRS Password error while changing credentials  Read more...
By Bilal Ayub 2017/05/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: ssrs
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SQL Database Analysis

Static code analysis is immature for SQL code. Today Phil has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/05/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Encrypting SQL Server: Dynamic Data Masking

Dynamic Data Masking is a good way of rendering data unreadable for such purposes as user-acceptance testing, or demonstrating an application. It doesn't encrypt the data, and a knowledgeable SQL user can defeat it. However it provides a simple way to administer from the database what data the various users of a database application can and can not see, making it a useful tool for the developer.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: encryption
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Azure DWH Part 8: Accessing Azure SQL Data Warehouse with C#

In this new article, we will learn how to access to our Azure DWH tables using C#.  Read more...
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The Human Impact of a Capable AI

Computing systems and algorithms continue to improve, especially in the machine learning and AI spaces. What does that mean for us humans?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/05/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Backing Up SQL Server Databases Hosted on Azure VMs

Join Marcin Policht as he provides a comprehensive overview of the different backup options applicable to Azure SQL Server VMs with database files stored on VM disks.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/15 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure vm
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Cracking the SQL Code

Checking for coding style and reviewing code is so much easier when using techniques and tools to help, as long as the tools are your slave, and not your master.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/05/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Why people flocked to the SQL Clone live stream event

On March 29, over 650 people tuned in from around the world to find out more about Redgate's new database provisioning tool, SQL Clone. The webinar answered the FAQs, included some in-depth demos, and gave a look into the technology behind the tool. Catch up with the recording.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/15 | Source: Redgate | Category: video
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How Long Before Your Database Runs Out of Space?

Almost all SQL Server databases grow in size over time. Capacity planning is an important activity for the DBA. You need to know how long before you run out of space long before you actually do. Here are some helpful tips and tricks.  Read more...
By John F. Tamburo 2017/05/12 (first published: 2016/06/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: capacity planning
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Less QA?

It seems that QA is being cut more and more as software development advances. Is that a good thing? Steve Jones has some thoughts.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/05/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Displaying Backup or Restore Progress

Have you ever started a database backup or a restore process that runs a long time then wanted to know when it will complete? Knowing when a database backup or restore operation will complete provides you valuable information, especially when you need to perform follow-on tasks that are waiting for the backup or restore process to complete.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/12 | Source: Database Journal | Category: backup and restore
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Backup and restore of a SQL Clone

SQL Server sees the cloned database as a user database, meaning that you can treat it as one, including backup and restore - Steve Jones explains.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/12 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql clone
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AlwaysON Availability Group and Jobs Part 2

This article will provide the actual implementation of the control mechanism.  Read more...
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