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Regular Columnist: David Poole

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David Poole has been developing business applications since the days of the Commodore Pet. Those were the days when 8K was called RAM not KEYBOARD BUFFER. He specialised in databases at an early stage of his career. He started developing marketing applications using Ashton-Tate dBase II/Clipper, progressing through a variety of PC database applications before working on HP Image/3000 systems. He has spent 5 years as DBA within the Manchester (UK) office of the worlds No 1 advertising agency, where he focussed on data warehousing and systems integration. At present he is working within the web development department of a company specialising in information delivery.

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A Beginners Look at Hadoop

Hadoop has been making a lot of noise in the Big Data world. Despite my lack of Linux experience I decided to take the plunge and this is what I found.  Read more...
By David Poole 2015/01/01 (first published: 2013/06/05) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: hadoop
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Antipathy for Entity Attribute Value data models

EAV models have their uses but the costs are often hidden and if not hidden, more than anticipated.   Read more...
By David Poole 2013/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data modeling
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Eleven Challenges in Unifying Reference Data

Unifying the reference data across an enterprise can be a bigger job than expected. This article describes one approach to doing so.  Read more...
By David Poole 2012/12/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: reference data
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 3,462 reads

Storage - A meeting of minds

Even if you are not an infrastructure guy a good grasp of storage basics will stand you in good stead  Read more...
By David Poole 2012/07/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: storage
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RegEx for DBAs

RegEx functions are incredibly powerful text handling functions which should be at the top of a data warehouse DBAs list when writing CLR functions  Read more...
By David Poole 2014/09/05 (first published: 2012/05/08) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: regex
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 19,081 reads

Fun with sp_executeSQL

Switching from 32 BIT SQL Server to a 64 BIT edition illustrates how removing a bottleneck from a system can have a detrimental affect overall  Read more...
By David Poole 2012/01/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: nhibernate
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 16,035 reads

Mind mapping software - How it can help the DBA

Mind mapping software allows the rapid capture of thoughts and ideas. It is a killer app that can easily help a busy DBA capture their thoughts  Read more...
By David Poole 2011/12/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mind map
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sp_prepexec and nHibernate

SQL Server architect David Poole sets about exploring sp_prepexec when called from nHibernate.  Read more...
By David Poole 2011/12/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sp_prepexec
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Pascals Triangle, Home Work and Root Cause Analysis

A lively comparison of Pascal's triangle to root cause analysis from David Poole.  Read more...
By David Poole 2011/10/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: troubleshooting
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 4,252 reads

An alternative to GUIDs

GUIDs are often regarded as a necessary evil but how necessary are they?  Read more...
By David Poole 2011/09/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: guids
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An nHibernate Head Scratcher

An interesting mystery on why some nHibernate performance issues might exist on your systems. Read this piece from SQL Server expert David Poole and look to see if this is a problem you can easily solve in your environment.  Read more...
By David Poole 2011/04/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance tuning
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 6,051 reads

Oiling the gears for the data dictionary

Documenting the database is always a challenge, and there are many techniques you can use to help all the people on your team understand what all your tables are used for. David Poole brings us an easy way to implement a framework for documentation.  Read more...
By David Poole 2014/04/25 (first published: 2011/02/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: documentation
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A genuine use for a SQL CLR Aggregate

When should you use a SQL CLR Aggregate? Lots of people have struggled with this one, but David Poole found a use, and has some interesting performance data analysis as well.  Read more...
By David Poole 2014/02/05 (first published: 2010/12/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlclr
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A Quick Look at the MPP World

David Poole takes a look at the Massively Parallel Processing world for database servers.  Read more...
By David Poole 2010/08/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mpp
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Time Bomb Design - A Longer Fuse

In a sequel to his first article on Time Bomb Design, David Poole examines the issues we find between development environments and production ones.  Read more...
By David Poole 2010/05/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database design
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Scaling Out the Distribution Database

Replication is a great technology for moving data from one server to another, and it has a great many configuration options. David Poole brings us a technique for scaling out with multiple distribution databases.   Read more...
By David Poole 2010/03/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: replication
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Time Bomb Coding

Do your system contain a time bomb in the code? David Poole looks at some potential situations where you might be experiencing performance issues and delves into why.  Read more...
By David Poole 2010/02/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance tuning
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 17,379 reads

Database Documentation Using Red Gate's SQLDoc

Longtime author David Poole has written an excellent article about using SQLDoc, from Red Gate Software. Learn how you can document your own databases in this sponsored article.  Read more...
By David Poole 2009/08/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: product reviews
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Intersect, Except, Union, All and Any

Longtime author and expert DBA David Poole examines a few T-SQL commands that he has never used. Learn how some of these little used T-SQL items function and see if they work for you.  Read more...
By David Poole 2011/12/23 (first published: 2009/07/20) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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My Approach to Writing for SQLServerCentral

Are you looking to raise your profile? Add something to your resume? Consider writing for SQLServerCentral. Longtime author and expert David Poole gives us some hints.  Read more...
By David Poole 2009/06/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 2,823 reads
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