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13 Questions about SQL Server Data Types You were Too Shy to Ask

Although SQL Data Types seem to cause a lot of grief for database developers and can be tricky in their use, we seem to be expected to know all about them, and so it is embarrassing to ask questions about them in forums. Rob Sheldon continues in his mission to answer all those questions that we hesitate to ask.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: data types
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Developing a Custom SSIS Source Component

SSIS was designed to be extensible.Although you can create tasks that will take data from a wide variety of sources, transform the data is a number of ways and write the results a wide choice of destinations, using the components provided, there will always be occasions when you need to customise your own SSIS component.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/17 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: integration services (ssis)
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The Mindset of the Enterprise DBA: Harnessing the Power of Automation

After you have done the necessary groundwork of standardising and centralising your database adminstration processes, you are now in a position to implement some effective automation of some of these processes. Which ones do you choose, and how do you set about automating these tasks?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/17 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: dba skills
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Filling In Missing Values Using the T-SQL Window Frame

Since SQL Server delivered the entire range of window functions, there has been far less justification for using the non-standard ex-Sybase 'Quirky Update' tricks to perform the many permutations of running totals in SQL Server. One of these related problems is the 'Data Smear'. Do window functions make this easier, and what is performance like? Dwain Camps investigates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/01 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Why Put Your Database into Source Control?

Checking program code into source control is a daily ritual for most developers, but versioning database code is less well-understood. Grant Fritchey argues that getting your databases under source control is not only vital for the stability of development and deployment, but it will make your life easier when something does go wrong.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/25 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: source control
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Create First SSRS Report with SQL Server Analysis Services OLAP Cube

Mubin M. Shaikh outlines how to create SSRS Report on SSAS OLAP Cube. If you don't have much prior knowledge of SSRS, just follow the steps and to have your first report ready on OLAP Cube.  Read more...
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Version Control as a Cloud Service

Robert Sheldon wonders if cloud-based version control still too risky for a service that must be secure, and risk-free?   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/15 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: source control
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Free eBook: SQL Server Execution Plans, Second Edition

Every day, out in the various online forums devoted to SQL Server, and on Twitter, the same types of questions come up repeatedly: Why is this query running slowly? Why is SQL Server ignoring my index? Why does this query run quickly sometimes and slowly at others? My response is the same in each case: have you looked at the execution plan?  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/10/08 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: execution plans
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Call for Speakers - SQL Saturday Pittsburgh

SQL Saturday #315 in Pittsburgh (Oct 4th) is looking for speakers - if you've got a SQL topic you want to talk about, submit it and you may get to share with your peers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql saturday
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Free eBook: SQL Server Transaction Log Management

When a SQL Server database is operating smoothly and performing well, there is no need to be particularly aware of the transaction log, beyond ensuring that every database has an appropriate backup regime and restore plan in place. When things go wrong, however, a DBA's reputation depends on a deeper understanding of the transaction log, both what it does, and how it works.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/17 (first published: 2013/08/14) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: transaction logs
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Azure Virtual Machines Part 0: A VM Primer

Mike Martin kicks off his series on Azure Virtual Machines with a primer, full of background and terms. To fully understand the Azure Virtual Machines offering, Mike explains how everything is connected and co-existing.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/18 | Source: Just Azure | Category: azure
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Using EXCEPT to Determine Row Differences

How to use the EXCEPT statement to perform row differences.  Read more...
By M. Douglas Bowan II 2014/03/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: except
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Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 2: Anatomy of a Cloud Service

In this article, we’ll be focusing on the different ways you can build with a Cloud Service, and what exactly happens in terms of virtual machines when you deploy your application.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/28 | Source: Just Azure | Category: azure
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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 2014/10/01 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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Who Truncated That Table & What Do I Do Now?

This article describes a way to identify the user who truncated the table & how you can recover the data.  Read more...
By Sujeet Singh 2014/06/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: truncate
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Getting Started with Hashing in SQL Server

Encryption brings data into a state which cannot be interpreted by anyone who does not have access to the decryption key, password, or certificates. Hashing brings a string of characters of arbitrary size into a usually shorter fixed-length value or key. Here's how to get started using it.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/08/06 | Source: Database Journal | Category: hashing
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A TDD Journey: 1-Trials and Tribulations

Test-Driven Development (TDD) has a misleading name, because the objective is to design and specify that the system you are developing behaves in the ways that the customer expects, and to prove that it does so for the lifetime of the system. Michael Sorens starts an introduction to TDD that is more of a journey in six parts.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/31 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: test driven development
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SQL Saturday #302 - Albany

SQL Saturday is coming to Albany, NY on July 26, 2014. This is a free full day of training and networking for SQL Server professionals. This event also features a paid-for precon session with Grant Fritchey on query performance tuning. The event is soon so register while space is available.   Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/16 | Source: SQL Saturday | Category: sql saturday
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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Log Files for Troubleshooting

Your SQL Server Report Server service will not start or you keep getting an error when you navigate to the SSRS URL? What logging tools are available to assist you with diagnosing SSRS problems, issues, or errors? Check out this tip to learn more.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/06 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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Improving the Quality of SQL Server Database Connections in the Cloud

To access SQL Server from the client, you use TDS protocol over TCP. This is fine over reliable LANs but over the internet these connections are relatively slow and fragile. TDS is still used to connect to databases in the cloud, but you need to use a combination of the new features such as connection pools and idle connection resiliency to make applications faster and more reliable. Edward Elliott shows you how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/07 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: tcp connection
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