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A New Sample Database

Microsoft has released the first version of a new sample database for SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to Query Comma Seperated Value Columns in SQL

Karthik provides a simple solution to querying a table that has comma separated values.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/06 | Source: CodeProject.com | Category: comma separated value
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Meeting Cheating

A distaste for meetings.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/06/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using LAST_VALUE

When I began using LAST_VALUE, the results were not what I expected at all. Read on to learn the secret!  Read more...
By Kathi Kellenberger 2016/06/03 (first published: 2015/04/14) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Accept Failure

Today Steve Jones talks about the risk inherent in any project, and how we should be aware of our mistakes, learn from them, and sometimes just give up when we've made too many.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The End of Big Data

What is next for big data? Some experts claim that data "volumes, velocity, variety and veracity" will only increase over time, requiring more data storage, faster machines and more sophisticated analysis tools. However, this is short-sighted, and does not take into account how data degrades over time. Analysis of historical data will always be with us, but generation of the most useful analyses will be done with data we already have. To adapt, most organizations must grow and mature their analytical environments. Lockwood Lyon shares the steps they must take to prepare for the transition.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/03 | Source: Database Journal | Category: big data
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OmniCompare: How do your SQL Servers differ?

When you have an issue on standardized kit, your first question is usually what’s changed or how is this server different to the others. Has a setting been changed? A job disabled? Aireforge OmniCompare was developed to help diagnose such issues, comparing a large number of settings over a large number of servers. In this blog post, Aireforge founder and developer Phil Grayson gives an overview of the new tool.  Read more...
By 2016/06/03 | Category: tools
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Another Re-Release

Microsoft has re-released another patch.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Consuming JSON Formatted API Data in 2016

Natively consume JSON data from API sources with SQL 2016 and CLR  Read more...
By Ryan Loftin 2016/06/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: json
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The Enterprise DBA Mindset as a Practical Problem-solving Approach

In order to keep the demands of the job under control, any DBA needs to automate as many as possible of the suitable tasks that their role demands. What makes a task suitable? How do you judge whether it is worthwhile? Can we take a 'managed', consistent, decision? Joshua Feierman explains the practicalities with a real example.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/02 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: automation
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SQL Prompt 7.2 – Now With Execution Warnings!

Redgate’s code completion tool SQL Prompt now provides you with a handy warning if you try to execute an UPDATE or DELETE statement without a WHERE clause. Bob Pusateri explains why he loves this added layer of protection, and why you should too.  Read more...
By 2016/06/02 | Category: sql prompt
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The Coffee Routine

Coffee is important to many people in IT.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Database Design Level 2: Domains, Constraints and Defaults

A clear understanding of SQL Data Types and domains is a fundamental requirement for the Database Developer, but it is not elementary. If you select the most appropriate data type, it can sidestep a variety of errors. Furthermore, if you then define the data domains as exactly as possible via constraints, you can catch a variety of those problems that would otherwise bedevil the work of the application programmer.  Read more...
By Joe Celko 2016/06/01 (first published: 2010/05/04) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database design
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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 2016/06/01 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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CU#6 for SQL Server 2014 SP1 Updated

Please re-apply CU#6 for SQL Server 2014 SP1 as it has been updated.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/01 | Source: Microsoft MSDN | Category: sql server 2014
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How to Identify Useful SQL Server Table Statistics

In this article, Fikrat Azizov describes the different approaches to maintaining statistics and shows how you can use the data from your servers for intelligent statistics updates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/01 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: tables
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Third Party Visuals in Power BI Desktop

Power BI is as extensible as it is powerful In this article you will see how to impress your users with added visuals  Read more...
By Adam Aspin 2016/05/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: power bi
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Is a RID Lookup faster than a Key Lookup?

For T-SQL Tuesday #78, Aaron Bertrand takes a look at whether RID Lookups are faster than Key Lookups, with a small battery of fairly simple duration tests.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/05/31 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: rid lookup
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More Overloads

The overloading of terms creates confusion, which means that communication is more difficult.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Columnstore Indexes Level 1: A First Look At Columnstore Indexes

This level introduces of you to the fundamentals of columnstore indexes, introdused in SQL Server 2012 to manage the indexing of very large tables.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2016/05/30 (first published: 2015/02/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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