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Free SQL in the City Seminar Washington DC – Dec 5, 2014

SQL Server MVP Grant Fritchey and Steve Jones will present the Stairway to Continuous Delivery in Washington DC again this December. Learn how to build an efficient development and deployment process for your organization. Register for this free event.   Read more...
By Press Release 2014/11/06 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: events
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Stop Relying on Cloud File Stores as a Backup Strategy

There is a growing assumption that Cloud file-storage services represent an ideal way of backing up files. It seems a compelling idea because it is so easy and seems secure. The truth is, as always, more complicated. There is more to any backup strategy than just cloud storage.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/06 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: backup
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Stairway to SQL Server Indexes: Level 1, Introduction to Indexes

Indexes are the database objects that enable SQL Server to satisfy each data access request from a client application with the minimum amount of effort, resulting in the maximum performance of individual requests while also reducing the impact of one request upon another. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the following relational database concepts: Table, row, primary key, foreign key  Read more...
By David Durant 2014/11/05 (first published: 2011/02/17) | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Byte Me: Chilling Memories

Your definition of treat may vary. 
By Bob Lang 2014/11/05 | Source: | Category: byte me
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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 2014/11/05 (first published: 2014/02/26) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: replication
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SQL Server Database Development Career Questions

Tim Smith covers some starting points for people interested in becoming a SQL Server database developer or interested in SQL Server database development.  Read more...
By 2014/11/05 | Source: | Category: career
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SSRS - Report for Stored Procedure with Parameters

You receive a request from an analyst for a report to be built from a procedure they wrote. It will require parameters based on values currently in the database and ones that allow free-typing. This article will provide a basic walk-through on handling this type of request.  Read more...
By Shawn Melton 2014/11/04 | Source: | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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Getting Data Into and Out of PowerShell Objects

You can execute PowerShell code that creates the data of an object, but there is no cmdlet to generate the 'object notation' code from an existing PowerShell object; until now, that is. Phil Factor also produces a ConvertTo-YAML function and explains how they both work, with illustrative code.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/04 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Summit 2014

The PASS Summit is this week in Seattle, and Steve Jones has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/04 | Source: | Category: editorial
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A Fundamental Security Mistake

Steve Jones thinks Microsoft is making a fundamental security mistake in the way they build features for the various editions of SQL Server. Read today's editorial and see if you agree.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/03 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Data Science for SQL Folks: Leveraging SQL and R

Learn about how to build value driven analytics with SQL Server and R.   Read more...
By Frank A. Banin 2014/11/03 | Source: | Category: sql and r
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Normalizing Performance

Determining the best performance value you can get for your effort is not as straightforward as you might think.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/03 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Red Gate Software to unveil Database Lifecycle Management at PASS Summit

PASS attendees will get the chance to learn about Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) straight from its chief proponent: Red Gate Software, the database and .NET tooling company.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/11/03 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: dlm
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Format Durations in SQL Server Analysis Services

I have a fact table in my data warehouse that tracks durations of certain events as the total number of seconds that have passed. When users browse the cube, I’d like to show these durations formatted as time using the hh:mm:ss format. How can I do this in Analysis Services (SSAS)? - Koen Verbeeck responds.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/03 | Source: | Category: analysis services (ssas)
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ETL Performance Auditing - Part 1: Introduction to ETL Auditing

This article shows an easy way to setup a comprehensive ETL Performance auditing Solution no matter how complicated your ETL setup.  Read more...
By Frank A. Banin 2014/10/31 (first published: 2012/06/05) | Source: | Category: etl performance
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The Geek Costume

This Friday Steve Jones has another fun poll. A question on the geek costume that might excite you the most.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/31 | Source: | Category: editorial
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The Data Center that Exploded

A while back, in a Simple-Talk editorial meeting, someone bet Phil Factor that he couldn't come up with a Halloween story. To our surprise he said he could, as long as he didn't have to keep to the strict literal truth. In the end, he came up with a story about a story, and it is true that he first told the story in a data Centre at Halloween!  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/31 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: fun
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Database Design Follies: NULL vs. NOT NULL

It sounds simple enough. Either your column will always have a value or it may not. Yet somehow such a seemingly simple decision can become a never-ending debate where database schema begins to resemble superstition and designing effective tables seems more contentious than you expected it to be.  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/10/30 | Source: | Category: null
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Have You Been Hacked?

Security is a big deal, and Steve Jones wonders if most data professionals would be aware that they had been hacked.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/30 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Does NoSQL = NoDBA?

There’s a joke doing the rounds at SQL conferences and seminars: three DBAs walk into a NoSQL bar and leave when they can’t find a table. You may have heard it before, but it made Matt Hilbert sit down and ponder. What’s happening? Is there a division opening up between the newly fashionable NoSQL followers and DBAs? Matt enters the world of NoSQL to investigate.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/30 | Source: SimpleTalk
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