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Technology Guilt

Technology has made many advances in the world, but it has also eliminated many jobs. This Friday's poll asks how you feel about that as a technology worker.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/02 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Biml Level 1: What is Biml?

An introduction to the Biml language from Andy Leonard that helps  Read more...
By Andy Leonard 2017/01/02 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: | Category: biml
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Memory Limits in SQL Server 2016 SP1

Aaron Bertrand explains a few details about the memory limits in SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 that make this upgrade even more compelling.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/02 | Source: | Category: sql server 2016
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Column Store vs Row Store Indexes

How does a column store index compare to a (traditional)row store index with regards to performance  Read more...
By Brian Ellul 2016/12/30 (first published: 2015/05/14) | Source: | Category: columnstore index
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What Will 2017 Bring?

Steve Jones looks ahead to 2017. 
By Steve Jones 2016/12/30 | Source: | Category: editorial
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How to read the SQL Server Database Transaction Log

Manvendra Singh takes a look at a SQL Server function that you can use to read the transaction log to see what entries are made for database transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/30 | Source: | Category: transaction log
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SQL Server v.Next Build List

A list of builds for SQL Server v.Next 
By Site Owners 2016/12/29 | Source: | Category: sql server
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Internal Query Processor Error with ColumnStore Indexes

SQL Server 2016 does not allow computed columns to co exist with columnstore indexes and clustered btree indexes on same table.  Read more...
By Mala Mahadevan 2016/12/29 | Source: | Category: indexing
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Getting Started with R Services in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1

SQL Server 2016 brings native support to advanced analytics in the database itself, using R Services. In this article, Arshad Ali explains what R is, what the on-premise advanced analytics options from Microsoft are, and shows how to get started using R Services with SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/29 | Source: Database Journal | Category: r services
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Looking Back at 2016

Steve Jones looks back at 2016 and the data events that were important.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/29 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Byte Me: Specific Wishlist

By Bob Lang 2016/12/28 | Source: | Category: byte me
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Common questions about Azure SQL Data Warehouse

This article compiles some common questions and answers about Azure SQL Data Warehouse.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2016/12/28 | Source: | Category: sql
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 829 reads

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 2016/12/28 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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Importing Excel Data into Power BI Desktop

In any commercial setting, Excel Spreadsheets remain the preferred way of collecting and analysing data, and it makes sense that it should be easy to get the data into PowerBI so it can be made more generally available for sharing and further analysis. As well as the data, we'd probably need the other analysis components such as the Power Pivot tables, Power View visualizations, Power Query queries. It is all possible, and Robert Sheldon demonstrates how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/28 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: power bi desktop
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Syntactic Sugar

Syntactic sugar doesn't necessarily help a platform, but makes it easier or more fun to work on.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/27 | Source: | Category: editorial
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SQL Server v.Next - Linux Installation Step by Step

An introduction to SQL Server for Red Hat Linux Administrators with a step by step installation.  Read more...
By Venugopal Saride 2016/12/27 | Source: | Category: sql next
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 1,110 reads

Reading, Writing, and Creating SQL Server Extended Properties

There is a great gulf between wanting to document your database properly with extended properties and actually doing it. Extended Properties have many uses but they aren't easy to use. Phil Factor is on a mission to make it easier for ordinary mortals to use extended properties as intended, to aid the database development process.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/27 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: extended properties
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Data Preservation

Today Steve Jones talks about the challenges of preserving data across long periods of time, decades perhaps.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/26 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Extended Events for Tracking Backup and Restore Progress

Microsoft has introduced new extended events in SQL server 2016 which will give us detailed information about restore and backup process.  Read more...
By Pankaj Chakole 2016/12/26 | Source: | Category: backup and restore
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 546 reads

Spills SQL Server Doesn’t Warn You About

Table variables get a lot of bad press, and they deserve it. They are to query performance what the TSA is to air travel. No one’s sure what they’re doing, but they’ve been taking forever to do it.  Read more...
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