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SQL Bits XIV, London, March 4 – 7, 2015

SQL Bits is Europe's largest SQL Server conference. They have experts teaching beginners, and beginners questioning experts, providing feedback and improving the event every year. Register with the code SSC-HERO to get a 15% discount on the ticket price!  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/02/12 | Source: | Category: events
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Bowled Over by SQL Window Functions

What better way to learn how to construct complex CHECK CONSTRAINTs, use the SQL 2012 window frame capability of the OVER clause and LEAD analytic function, as well as how to pivot rows into columns using a crosstab query? Create the SQL code to score Ten-pin Bowling, of course. Dwain Camps explains the how, what and why.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/12 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: functions
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Ship Safe...Ship Often

How can we ship safe, and ship often? Steve Jones has a few comments on the need for better engineering.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/11 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 5: Analyse & Deploy a Failover Cluster Instance

In Level 5 of this stairway, we help you understand and deploy a Failover Cluster Instance (FCI).  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2015/02/11 | Source: | 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 2015/02/11 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: defensive programming
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Using SQL Server's GROUP BY clause to Summarize your Data

SQL Server’s GROUP BY clause provides you a way to aggregate your SQL Server data and to group data on a single column, multiple columns, or even expressions. Greg Larsen discusses how to use the GROUP by clause to summarize your data.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/11 | Source: Database Journal | Category: group by
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The Quickest Guide to Getting Started with PowerPivot

If you are still on the edge about PowerPivot and have not given it a shot, this article will get you started with ample of screen shots and a step-by-step guide.   Read more...
By Amir Charania 2015/02/10 | Source: | Category: powerpivot
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Questions About T-SQL Control-of-Flow Language You Were Too Shy to Ask

Surely, we all know how T-SQL Control-of-flow language works? In fact it is surprisingly easy to get caught out. What, for example, do the BREAK, RETURN and CONTINUE keywords do in their various contexts? Robert Sheldon has the answers to this and other questions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/10 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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SQL Bits and Community Superheroes

Chris Testa-O'Neil on the origins of SQL Bits and the joys of community events.  Read more...
By Chris Testa-O'Neil 2015/02/10 | Source: | Category: editorial
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SQL Saturday #370 - Phoenix, AZ

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Feb 28 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Admittance to this event is free, and there are also 4 paid-for pre-con sessions on February 27. Register while space is available.   Read more...
By 2015/02/10 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: events
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Doing the same thing for too long, and not enjoying it, isn't good for anyone. You might be burned out, or as Steve Jones notes, you might need to change our perspective.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/09 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 24: SQL Profiler and Data Mining

In this chapter we will detect the Data Mining activity using SQL Server Profiler.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2015/02/09 | Source: | Category: data
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Advice for Learning T-SQL SELECT Statement Step By Step

In this tip, Dallas Snider shares his experience with how someone can start learning T-SQL from the beginning with no prior knowledge.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/09 | Source: | Category: learning
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Programming Rules and 'Best Practices' Can't Replace Professional Judgement

In which Phil Factor casts doubts on 'programming policies'. For certain, any IT team development requires plenty of methods of working that maximise productivity, but coding standards and ‘best practices’ have to be treated with caution. Programming rules can’t replace professional judgement  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2015/02/09 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Performance of the SQL MERGE vs. INSERT/UPDATE

The SQL MERGE statement offers convenience, safety and elegance, but how does it perform compared to other methods?  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2015/02/06 (first published: 2013/10/28) | Source: | Category: merge
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Inspired by the movie with the same name, Steve Jones has a Friday poll about inspiration and ideas.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/06 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Release Testing Is Risk Management Theatre

The adoption of Continuous Delivery often leads to the discovery of suboptimal practices within an organisation, and the Release Testing antipattern is a common example. Steve Smith explores the questions: what is Release Testing, and why is it an example of Risk Management Theatre?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/06 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: release testing
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SQL Saturday #374 - Vienna, Austria

SQL Saturday is a full-day technical conference and training event with international speakers. With over 20 sessions on SQL Server and a separate pre-con, the event is aimed at all those interested in SQL Server - from pros to beginners. This event will be on February 28, 2015, so register while space is available.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/02/06 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: sql saturday
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Interrupt Me, I'm Stagnating

Today we have a guest editorial from Andy Warren with a few hints on how you can continue to be proactive as a DBA.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2015/02/05 | Source: | Category: editorial
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How does a View work on a Table with a Clustered Columnstore Index ?

This article is about how a view works when it is created on a table with clustered columnstore index on it.  Read more...
By Ramya Makam 2015/02/05 | Source: | Category: clustered columnstore
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