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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
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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 2016/12/28 (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
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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
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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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Level 3 - Building the Ideal VMware-based SQL Server Virtual Machine

In this level of the Stairway to SQL Server Virtualization David looks at the ideal virtual machine setup for a SQL Server instance on VMware.  Read more...
By David Klee 2016/12/23 (first published: 2015/05/20) | Source: | Category: virtualization
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This week Steve Jones is asking about the timeframe for you to get a new SQL Server instance? Is it substantial? Do you really know? Answer this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/23 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Managing Packages Using Windows PowerShell

Windows hasn't had a package manager in the style of the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) of Linux distributions. Apt-get is a great way of installing packages and other software. We have Chocolatey, of course which has a growing library of software and even allows you to automatically update software. Now PowerShell has an 'official' way of using any system, such as NuGet, Chocolatey, GitHub or PSget. It is definitely useful and likely to mature into an indispensable tool for Windows users. Nicolas explains wh.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Using Mod to Generate Work Shifts

A short story on using the mod function to a shifting query.  Read more...
By Joe McGovern 2016/12/22 | Source: | Category: mod
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The Future of Auditing

Auditing is a weak point in SQL Server according to Steve Jones. He looks at a few of its flaws.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/22 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Capacity Planning Using Performance Data

Erin Stellato discusses the types of performance data needed to help with capacity planning.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/22 | Source: | Category: capacity planning
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Byte Me: Christmas Contingency

By Bob Lang 2016/12/21 | Source: | Category: byte me
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 6: Idempotent DDL scripts that always achieve the same result: Making changes only once

Idempotence is the property of certain operations in mathematics and computer science, that can be applied multiple times without changing the result beyond the first time they are run. When you are making changes to a database to deploy a new version, you need to be sure that certain changes aren’t made twice, or in the wrong order.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/21 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/21 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Redgate | Category: performance tuning
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