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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 4: Using Views to Simplify Your Query

This level discusses how to use a database VIEW to simplify your Transact-SQL(T-SQL) code. By understanding how to use a VIEW you will be able to better support writing T-SQL code to meet complex business requirements. In this article I will be discussing what a database VIEW is and then providing a number of examples to help you understand how you can use a VIEW to implement different coding scenarios.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/07/22 (first published: 2014/03/19) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to U-SQL Level 4: U-SQL and Data Lake Tooling with Visual Studio

A guide to using Visual Studio to create U-SQL projects and scripts.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/07/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata

In addition to the data that our clients and customers store in a database, there is a tremendous amount of meta data, 'data about data', that describes how the database is set up, configured, and what the properties are for the various objects. This stairway aims to demystify and explain how you can query and use this meta data to more effectively manage your SQL Server Databases.  Read more...

Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 8: Coding Shortcuts using += and -= Operators

No one wants to use more keystrokes than they have to when they write a chunk of T-SQL code. To help with minimizing the number of characters a T-SQL developer needs to type the Microsoft team introduced three new shortcuts operators when they release SQL Server 2008. These shorts cuts are the String Concatenation, Add EQUALS, and the Subtract EQUALS operators.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/07/15 (first published: 2014/07/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to DLM Dashboard Level 2: Setting up DLM Dashboard

Learn how to install and configure your initial DLM Dashboard instance.  Read more...
By Owen Priestley 2016/07/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dlm dashboard
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Stairway to Server Management Objects (SMO) Level 2: Connections and Creating Server Inventories

Learn how to get started working with SMO and PowerShell.  Read more...
By Laerte Junior 2016/07/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: smo
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Stairway to DLM Dashboard Level 1: An Introduction

In the first article of this stairway, learn what DLM Dashboard can do and how it provides a useful service to DBAs and developers.  Read more...
By Owen Priestley 2016/07/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to U-SQL Level 3: Processing Multiple Files With U-SQL

In part 3 of the U-SQL Stairway, we look at how multiple files can be processed with a single U-SQL statement.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/07/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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Stairway to DLM Dashboard

This stairway is designed to showcase the capabilities and value of DLM Dashboard, as well as teach you how to setup and use this free tool in your environment.  Read more...

Stairway to SQL Server Virtualization Level 1: What is Virtualization?

The first level in the Stairway to Virtualization introduces the concept of virtualized servers as well as the terminology and benefits of implementing the technology.  Read more...
By David Klee 2016/07/04 (first published: 2014/08/06) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Dynamic Data Masking Level 4: Permissions and Security

Learn about the permissions associated with Dynamic Data Masking as well as some of the security implications of using this feature.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dynamic data masking
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Stairway to U-SQL Level 1: Introduction to U-SQL and Azure Data Lakes

An introductory guide to querying files in Azure Data Lakes using Microsoft's U-SQL language.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/06/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure
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Stairway to U-SQL

As Microsoft continues to expand the Azure platform, they have enhanced its ability in ways that are quite different from what we've come to expect from SQL Server. Learn about the new language from Microsoft, U-SQL, designed to work with Data Lakes and Big Data in Azure.  Read more...

Stairway to Database Design Level 2: Domains, Constraints and Defaults

A clear understanding of SQL Data Types and domains is a fundamental requirement for the Database Developer, but it is not elementary. If you select the most appropriate data type, it can sidestep a variety of errors. Furthermore, if you then define the data domains as exactly as possible via constraints, you can catch a variety of those problems that would otherwise bedevil the work of the application programmer.  Read more...
By Joe Celko 2016/06/01 (first published: 2010/05/04) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database design
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Stairway to Columnstore Indexes Level 1: A First Look At Columnstore Indexes

This level introduces of you to the fundamentals of columnstore indexes, introdused in SQL Server 2012 to manage the indexing of very large tables.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2016/05/30 (first published: 2015/02/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Extended Events Level 3: Working with the Extended Events UI

In the next installment of our stairway to Extended Events, we delve into the Live Data and Target Data Viewers.  Read more...
By Erin Stellato 2016/05/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: extended events
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Stairway to Database Source Control Level 5: Working with Others (Distributed Repository)

This level starts with an overview of how versioning works in Git, a DVCS, and suggests a sensible database project versioning strategy. It then offers some simple, but illustrative, practical examples showing how to share database changes and deal gracefully with any conflicting changes.  Read more...
By Dave Green 2016/05/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Server Management Objects (SMO) Level 1: Concepts and Basics

Learn how to get started working with SMO and PowerShell.  Read more...
By Laerte Junior 2016/05/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: smo
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 6: Using the CASE Expression and IIF Function

There are times where you need to write a single T-SQL statement that is able to return different T-SQL expressions based on the evaluation of another expression. When you need this kind of functionality you can use the CASE expression or IIF function to meet this requirement. In this Stairway level Gregory Larsen reviews the CASE and IIF syntax and showing you examples of how the CASE expression and IIF function.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/04/20 (first published: 2014/04/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 2: Using the APPLY Operator

The APPLY operator allows you to join a record set with a function, and apply the function to every qualifying row of the table (or view). The APPLY operator takes on two formats: CROSS APPLY, or OUTER APPLY. This article will explain the differences between these two formats, and show you examples of how each of these formats work.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/03/30 (first published: 2015/01/28) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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