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Byte Me: A Mother of a Problem

Board games. 
By Bob Lang 2014/09/24 | Source: | Category: byte me
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/24 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: defensive programming
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10 things I learned about rapidly scaling websites with Azure

Troy Hunt takes a look at a website whose traffic literally increased 60-fold overnight. Interesting stuff happens when scale changes that dramatically, so he decided to share a few things he learned.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/24 | Source: Troy Hunt | Category: azure
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Copy a database between servers with one command

This tool is a helper for your daily work to copy easily databases between Servers/instances and do all the necessary stuff for you.  Read more...
By Roland Hangg 2014/09/23 | Source: | Category: copy database script
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Testing in Production

The Apple fall keynote recently didn't work as planned, and it seems as though their systems weren't tested well enough.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/23 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Importing Excel Data into SQL Server Via SSIS: Questions You Were Too Shy to Ask

Retrieving data from Excel, and importing it into SQL Server hasn't the same appeal or glamour as, for example, performing heroics with ill-performing queries. This could be why one hesitates before asking questions about how to do it. Rob Sheldon calms your private doubts and fears by answering those embarrassing questions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: ssis
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SQL Saturday #352 - Sydney

SQL Saturday is coming to Sydney, Australia on October 25, 2014. Join us down under for a free day of SQL Server training and networking. Register while space is available.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/23 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: events
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Automate Yourself to a Coffee Break

A DBA should be working to automate their tasks, and find time to do things that are really important. Like keeping their coffee cup topped off :)  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/22 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Premature Optimisation

Learning how to tune a system is a bit of science and a bit of an art. Gail Shaw gives some guidelines on when you might want to tune and how to go about it so as not to unnecessarily undertake the effort.  Read more...
By Gail Shaw 2014/09/22 | Source: | Category: performance tuning
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Prevent Confidential Data at the Application Layer from getting into SQL Server

In this tip Tim Smith looks at different approaches to stop confidential data from getting into the database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/22 | Source: | Category: security
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Watson Freemium

IBM has released a free version of its Watson service to help people perform analytics on their data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/22 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Hierarchies on Steroids #1: Convert an Adjacency List to Nested Sets

SQL Server MVP Jeff Moden shows us a new very high performance method to convert an "Adjacency List" to “Nested Sets” on a million node hierarchy in less than a minute and 100,000 nodes in just seconds. Not surprisingly, the "steroids" come in a bottle labeled "Tally Table".  Read more...
By Jeff Moden 2014/09/19 (first published: 2012/11/13) | Source: | Category: hierarchy
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No Compelling Reason

Steve Jones wants to know if you have compelling reasons to upgrade or not upgrade this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/19 | Source: | Category: editorial
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A TDD Journey: 3- Mocks vs. Stubs; Test Frameworks; Assertions; ReSharper Accelerators

Test-Driven Development (TDD) involves the repetition of a very short development cycle that begins with an initially-failing test that defines the required functionality, and ends with producing the minimum amount of code to pass that test, and finally refactoring the new code. Michael Sorens continues his introduction to TDD by implementing the first tests and introducing the topics of Test doubles; Test Runners, Constraints and Assertions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/19 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: test driven development
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The 10 (.5) Commandments for IT Professionals

A list of the commandments, or at least suggestions, that Simon Holzman sees as important for IT professionals.  Read more...
By Simon Holzman 2014/09/18 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 17: Working with Reports

In this chapter, we will learn how to create Data Mining Reports using Reporting Services.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/09/18 | Source: | Category: data mining
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Azure Virtual Machines Part 0: A VM Primer

Mike Martin kicks off his series on Azure Virtual Machines with a primer, full of background and terms. To fully understand the Azure Virtual Machines offering, Mike explains how everything is connected and co-existing.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/18 | Source: Just Azure | Category: azure
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Stairway to PowerPivot and DAX - Level 7: Function / Iterator Function Pairs: The DAX AVERAGE() and AVERAGEX() Functions

Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, and author Bill Pearson explores the DAX AVERAGE() and AVERAGEX() functions, comparing and contrasting the two. He then provides some hands-on exposure to the use of each, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in generating arithmetic means within our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2014/09/17 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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A Dearth of Comments

Steve Jones talks about one of the least favorite things for IT people: documentation. How much do you really need to do?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/17 | Source: | Category: editorial
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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 2014/09/17 (first published: 2013/08/14) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: transaction logs
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