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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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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...
By Additional Articles 2014/08/01 | Source: CodeProject.com | Category: ssrs
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cursor-Killing: Accessing Data in the Next Row

Cursors are considered by many to be the bane of good T-SQL. What are the best ways to avoid iterative T-SQL and to write queries that look and perform beautifully? This first part in an ongoing series of cursor-killing handles inter-row analysis.  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/05/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: cte
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Free eBook: Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Three SQL Server MVPs (Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger and Gail Shaw) provide fascinating insight into the most common SQL Server problems, why they occur, and how they can be diagnosed using tools such as Performance Monitor, Dynamic Management Views and server-side tracing. The focus is on practical solutions for removing root causes of these problems, rather than "papering over the cracks".  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/08/27 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: troubleshooting
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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 2014/08/06 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: execution plans
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SQL Server Tables - 11 Questions You Were Too Shy to Ask

There are some aspects of tables in SQL Server that a lot of people get wrong, purely because they seem so obvious that one feels embarrassed about asking questions. Robert Sheldon reckons that no questions about SQL Tables are off-limits, and deserve frank answers.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/03 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: tables
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Convert Rows into Columns

Convert the rows of a SELECT statement into a predetermined number of columns.  Read more...
By M Patrick Dillon 2014/07/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: rows to columns
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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 2014/07/23 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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SQL Server 2014 Has Been Released

Today is the first day of general availability for SQL Server 2014.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/04/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server 2014
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