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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 3: Understanding Common Table Expressions (CTEs)

A CTE is a temporary result set defined by a simple query, and is used within the execution scope of a single INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, or SELECT statement. In this article we will explore how to define and use CTE's.  Read more...
By 2015/03/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Byte Me: Shrinking Transactions

The editorial cartoon for 18 March 2015.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2015/03/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication

Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication provides a hands-on introduction to SQL Server replication. The book introduces you to the technologies that make up replication, and then walks you through setting up different replication scenarios. When you've finished reading, you should be able to implement your own multi-server replication setup while following the principle of least privilege.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/03/18 (first published: 2014/02/26) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: replication
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Using the ROLLUP, CUBE, and GROUPING SETS Operators

Greg Larsen discusses the ROLLUP, CUBE and GROUPING SETS operators. These operators are used with the GROUP BY clause and allow you to create subtotals, grand totals and superset of subtotals. Read on to find out more about these additional GROUP BY operators.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/03/18 | Source: Database Journal | Category: group by
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Small Experiments in Data

Amsterdam is using data to try and improve their city.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Right and Wrong of T-SQL DML TRIGGERs (SQL Spackle)

Triggers in T-SQL have many uses. There are right and wrong ways to write triggers. To learn the difference, read on...  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2015/03/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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What is Behaviour Driven (Database) Development?

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) is not always clearly understood, and the term is particularly unfamiliar in database circles. Seb Rose introduces us to the fundamentals of BDD, and make some suggestions for how it might be relevant to database development.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/03/17 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: agile database techniques
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Converting to data-driven code

How converting extensive, repetitive code to a data-driven approach resolved a maintenance headache and helped identify bugs  Read more...
By Mike Tanner 2015/03/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql
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SQL Saturday #387 - Madison, WI

SQL Saturday is coming to Madison, Wisconsin on April 11th 2015. Join us for a free day of SQL Server training and networking and hear expert speakers like David Klee, Wendy Pastrick, and Jes Borland. Register while space is available.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/03/16 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: events
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Try It

Grant Fritchey asks you to experiment, to make an effort, to just try it.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2015/03/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Computational Biologist

A job Steve Jones has never heard of is using data to improve medical treatments.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Calculate the Statistical Mode in SQL Server using T-SQL

Next to the average and the median, there is another statistical value that you can calculate over a set: the mode. This is the value that appears the most often in the set. The average and the median are straight forward to calculate with T-SQL in SQL Server, but how can we determine the mode using T-SQL?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/03/16 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: statistical modeling
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The Worst Comments

Comments in code can be tricky, but certainly some are better than others. What are your bad examples?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Setting Different Colors for Connections in SSMS

Learn how to set colors for different connections in SSMS.  Read more...
By Peter Schott 2015/03/13 (first published: 2013/09/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: management studio (ssms)
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Defusing Database Time Bombs: Avoiding the Need to Refactor Databases

Where applications are evolved by gradually molding them to a growing understanding of the business domain, this presents great challenges to database development. If databases are designed too loosely, and initial errors are allowed to fester, the results become harder and harder to refactor until eventually they constitute a database time bomb. Thomas LeBlanc describes how to avoid a few basic, but very common, database time bombs.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/03/13 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: database design
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Data Breach Danger

Is a data breach a danger to those identified in the data. A court says no, but Steve Jones wonders if this is a bad decision.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 26: Data Mining and Microsoft Azure

This article shows a step by step tutorial to create a virtual machine in 15 min on Windows Azure.   Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2015/03/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: microsoft
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Azure Blob Storage Part 7: Snapshots

Robin Shahan introduces the concepts of snapshots in relation to Azure blob storage. She explains what they're for and how to take them, promote them, and delete them.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/03/12 | Source: Just Azure | Category: blob storage
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Database Continuous Integration workshop, Los Angeles

Redgate are hosting a 1-day public workshop on April 10th 2015 in Los Angeles, California. This workshop will teach you how to link your source control system to a build system, trigger database builds automatically, and lay the foundations for package-based deployments.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/03/12 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: events
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The Design Investment

How much of an investment should you make in learning design? Steve Jones talks about why we should learn how to do it right.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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