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Outpacing Change

The law seems to be failing to with the boons and pitfalls of technology.  Read more...
By Dave Convery 2015/02/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Closer to the Heart

This week Steve Jones wonders where you would work if you had the chance.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Understanding Graphical Execution Plans - Part 1: Explaining the Plan

Understanding execution plans is a good basic skill for all DBA's and SQL developers. Darren White gives us an overview of what execution plans are in SQL Server and how they are used.  Read more...
By Darren White 2015/02/13 (first published: 2014/02/18) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: execution plan
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Cascaded Parameters in SQL Server Reporting Services

You have a reporting requirement where a user has two or more parameters for a single report, but the values for one parameter depend on the values chosen in a previous parameter. Ghanesh Prasad explains how to create cascaded parameters in SQL Server Reporting Services to solve this issue.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/13 | Source: MSSQLTips.com
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SQL Saturday #371 - Tampa, FL

SQL Saturdau is coming to Tampa on February 28, 2015. This is a free training event for those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Register while space is available.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/13 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: events
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Starting a New Job

Steve Jones talks about starting a new job and the need to get up to speed quickly, perhaps by being prepared on day 1.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to use the IsNothing Inspection Function in SSRS

SSRS includes multiple functions that can be used in within an expression. This article hopes to just show an example of how to use the IsNothing function in an SSRS report.  Read more...
By Shawn Melton 2015/02/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: report development
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SQL Bits XIV, London, March 4 – 7, 2015

SQL Bits is Europe's largest SQL Server conference. They have experts teaching beginners, and beginners questioning experts, providing feedback and improving the event every year. Register with the code SSC-HERO to get a 15% discount on the ticket price!  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/02/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: events
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Bowled Over by SQL Window Functions

What better way to learn how to construct complex CHECK CONSTRAINTs, use the SQL 2012 window frame capability of the OVER clause and LEAD analytic function, as well as how to pivot rows into columns using a crosstab query? Create the SQL code to score Ten-pin Bowling, of course. Dwain Camps explains the how, what and why.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/12 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: functions
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Ship Safe...Ship Often

How can we ship safe, and ship often? Steve Jones has a few comments on the need for better engineering.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 5: Analyse & Deploy a Failover Cluster Instance

In Level 5 of this stairway, we help you understand and deploy a Failover Cluster Instance (FCI).  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2015/02/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: cluster
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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 2015/02/11 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: defensive programming
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Using SQL Server's GROUP BY clause to Summarize your Data

SQL Server’s GROUP BY clause provides you a way to aggregate your SQL Server data and to group data on a single column, multiple columns, or even expressions. Greg Larsen discusses how to use the GROUP by clause to summarize your data.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/11 | Source: Database Journal | Category: group by
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The Quickest Guide to Getting Started with PowerPivot

If you are still on the edge about PowerPivot and have not given it a shot, this article will get you started with ample of screen shots and a step-by-step guide.   Read more...
By Amir Charania 2015/02/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: powerpivot
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Questions About T-SQL Control-of-Flow Language You Were Too Shy to Ask

Surely, we all know how T-SQL Control-of-flow language works? In fact it is surprisingly easy to get caught out. What, for example, do the BREAK, RETURN and CONTINUE keywords do in their various contexts? Robert Sheldon has the answers to this and other questions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/10 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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SQL Bits and Community Superheroes

Chris Testa-O'Neil on the origins of SQL Bits and the joys of community events.  Read more...
By Chris Testa-O'Neil 2015/02/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Saturday #370 - Phoenix, AZ

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Feb 28 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Admittance to this event is free, and there are also 4 paid-for pre-con sessions on February 27. Register while space is available.   Read more...
By 2015/02/10 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: events
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Burnout

Doing the same thing for too long, and not enjoying it, isn't good for anyone. You might be burned out, or as Steve Jones notes, you might need to change our perspective.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 24: SQL Profiler and Data Mining

In this chapter we will detect the Data Mining activity using SQL Server Profiler.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2015/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data
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Programming Rules and 'Best Practices' Can't Replace Professional Judgement

In which Phil Factor casts doubts on 'programming policies'. For certain, any IT team development requires plenty of methods of working that maximise productivity, but coding standards and ‘best practices’ have to be treated with caution. Programming rules can’t replace professional judgement  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2015/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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