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SQL Server System Functions: The Basics

Every SQL Server Database programmer needs to be familiar with the System Functions. These range from the sublime (such as @@rowcount or @@identity) to the ridiculous (IsNumeric()) Robert Sheldon provides an overview of the most commonly used of them.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: system functions
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Digital Artefacts

A look at the overlaps between archaeology and database administration.  Read more...
By Dave Convery 2016/04/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Hidden Trigger

Steve Jones looks at the impact of triggers on our databases.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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sp_msforeachdb: Improving on an Undocumented Stored Procedure

Have you ever wanted to run a query across every database on a server with the convenience of a stored procedure? If so, Microsoft provided a stored procedure to do so. It’s unreliable, outdated, and somewhat obfuscated, though. Let’s improve on it!  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2016/04/15 (first published: 2014/12/01) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sp_msforeachdb
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What's Your Downtime?

This week Steve Jones talks about downtime. Do you know what yours is?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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T-SQL Window Function Speed Phreakery: The FIFO Stock Inventory Problem

Sometimes, in the quest for raw SQL performance, you are forced to sacrifice legibility and maintainability of your code, unless you then document your code lavishly. Phil Factor's SQL Speed Phreak challenge produced some memorable code, but can SQL features introduced since then help to produce code that performs as well and is also easy to understand? Kathi Kellenberger investigates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/15 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: fifo
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Successful Projects

What makes a successful software project? Steve Jones has some thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 37: The Data Mining query transformation task

This new chapter will show you how to work with the SSIS Data Mining Query Transformation Task  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2016/04/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql
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What is Code Coverage For?

Code coverage is a practice that goes hand in hand with automated testing, reporting the percentage of your code that has been exercised during a test run. Ed Elliott and Redgate have partnered to make a code coverage tool available for SQL Server, both free and open source. SQL Cover measures the coverage of your SQL Server stored procedures and functions. It has built-in support for the popular tSQLt unit testing framework, but can also be used alongside any automated testing framework of your choosing. Find out more in this blog post.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/14 | Category: code coverage
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TEMPDB Enhancements in SQL Server 2016

TEMPDB Enhancements in SQL Server 2016 - By default enforced to follow best practices.  Read more...
By Dharmendra Keshari 2016/04/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: tempdb
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Free eBook: SQL Server Hardware

SQL Server Hardware will provide the fundamental knowledge and resources you need to make intelligent decisions about choice, and optimal installation and configuration, of SQL Server hardware, operating system and the SQL Server RDBMS.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/04/13 (first published: 2013/07/24) | Source: Redgate | Category: hardware
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Build a POC

One way to tackle a new technology is with a proof of concept.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Changes to a Writable Partition May Fail Unexpectedly

Paul White shows how an update may fail when a partition has some data on a read-only filegroup, and explains several workarounds.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/13 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: partitioning
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Splitting Strings in SQL Server 2016

Comparison of the new methods of splitting strings in SQL Server 2016 to the tried and true methods  Read more...
By Wayne Sheffield 2016/04/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: string_split
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A Welcoming Conference

It's almost time for SQLBits, Steve's favorite conference.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to fix SQL Server deadlocks with monitoring

Learn about deadlocks and how you might better troubleshoot the issues involved.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/12 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql monitor
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The 2015/2016 Simple-Talk Awards: Winners Announced

The 2015/16 Simple-Talk Awards have concluded, the votes have been counted and recounted, and the winners have now been announced.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/12 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: simple-talk
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NonClustered Index Structure

Learn how the clustered index keys affect the non clustered index structure.  Read more...
By Mayank Shukla 2016/04/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: indexing
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The Data Dewey Decimal System

Steve Jones looks at the idea of cataloging our data sets in order to make it easier for  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Getting Started with Temporal Table in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1

With the new temporal table feature, SQL Server 2016 internally manages two tables: a base table, which contains the latest data all the time, and a history table, which contains a history of all of the changes. Arshad Ali looks at the new feature, how it works, and how to either create a new table with this feature or enable it for an existing table.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/11 | Source: Database Journal | Category: temporal tables
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