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SQL Server R Services: Working with Data Frames

Although you can get started with R in SQL Server without understanding data frames, they are a key structure of the R language that are the equivalent of SQL Server table variables. They give you many ways of manipulating and analyzing data and passing it between R and SQL Server. For a database professional, they provide a clear and familiar concept when getting to grips with integrating R into the database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/08 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: r services
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What are you worth?

When negotiating your salary, it helps to know what the ranges are for your experience and area. Steve Jones gives a little advice today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Importing Files in Parallel with SSIS

Run multiple instances of your package in parallel so that each instance processes a portion of the total number of files  Read more...
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How to record T-SQL execution times using a SQL Prompt snippet

In this quick tip, Phil Factor shares the SQL Prompt snippet he uses as a standard testbed for getting execution times for procedures and functions.  Read more...
By 2017/11/07 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql prompt
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Dynamic Data Masking on Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database’s Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) feature limits the exposure of sensitive information to non-privileged users. DDM can mask either the full value or partial value in a column. This method can also mask Social Security and Credit Card Numbers without making any changes to the application. Read on to learn more.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/07 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure sql database
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Looking Back at the Summit

Steve Jones looks back at the PASS Summit from last week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Name Value Pairs Table Handling

While Name Value Pairs Tables are anathema to Relational Database professionals, it is sometimes useful to consider such a structure in a production application. This article illustrates the use of User-defined Table Type to improve such handling.  Read more...
By Jerome Boyer 2017/11/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: user-defined table type
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SQL Code Smells

Some time ago, Phil Factor wrote his booklet 'SQL Code Smells', collecting together a whole range of SQL Coding practices that could be considered to indicate the need for a review of the code. It was published as 119 code smells, even though there were 120 of them at the time. Phil Factor has continued to collect them and the current state of the art is reflected in this article. There are now around 150 of these smells and SQL Code Guard is committed to cover as many as possible of them.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/06 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql
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The Importance of Clear Data Displays

An accident on a ship is being blamed on unclear data visualization.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Core T-SQL

Steve Jones thinks there is a list of core skills that any database developer or DBA needs. This week he asks you for a list of those things you think should be included.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Additional Data Files and Proportional Fill

Additional files can be added to to a database to increase the storage. When more data is added to the files, Extended Events shows how SQL Server spreads data across multiple files.  Read more...
By David Fundakowski 2017/11/03 (first published: 2016/07/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: filegroups
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Why it’s time to think seriously about SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2017 is now on general release. The latest version of the heavyweight platform is more than the sum of its parts, however, because it doesn’t just deliver new functionality. Alongside the list of extra features, it also changes two important ways we think about the platform itself.  Read more...
By 2017/11/03 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql server 2017
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Azure SQL Database Long-Term Backup Retention

Azure SQL Database provides a number of benefits that leverage resiliency and redundancy built into the underlying cloud infrastructure. In addition to Point-in-Time Restore as well as Geo-Restore and Active Geo-Replication, you have the option of implementing long-term backup retention of Azure SQL Database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/03 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure sql database
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Good Practices for Software Development

We always want to follow the best, or at least good, practices for software development. However do you know what those are? Steve Jones notes there's at least one that isn't often followed.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Loading partitioned table incrementally using SSIS

This article gives an example of loading partitioned tables incrementally using SSIS  Read more...
By Shubhankar Thatte 2017/11/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: partitioning
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Why is My Database Application so Slow?

When your application is running slowly, the reflex action is to blame the database queries. It is certainly true that some of the more extravagant delays can be fairly blamed on a missing index or unnecessary locking, but there are other potential villains in the drama, including the network and the application itself. Dan Turner points out that you could save a lot of time and money by working out for sure where the problems lie before diving into the detail.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/02 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: performance
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What are the leading DevOps drivers in financial services?

DevOps is gaining ground everywhere. By offering a route to releasing software faster, with fewer errors, it can give companies which adopt it an immediate advantage. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can just buy or decide to do tomorrow. Instead, it’s a shift that needs the right guidance to become reality.  Read more...
By 2017/11/02 | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 3: Infrastructure 101

In this next level of the Stairway to AlwaysOn, we will look at the components required to implement a Windows Server Failover Cluster.  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2017/11/01 (first published: 2014/10/29) | 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 2017/11/01 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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Does Your Work Attire Really Make a Difference?

Does what you wear to work affect how you feel?  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2017/11/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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