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Failed Projects

This week's poll asks about your failures in software.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Analysing Sales Patterns: R + SQL Server

We show how to use RevolutionR to analyse & visualise purchasing behaviours in AdventureWorksDW2012.  Read more...
By Nick Burns 2017/08/18 (first published: 2015/12/15) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: revolutionr
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Database Code Analysis

Database code analysis will reduce the number of 'code smells' that creep into your database builds. It will alert the team to mistakes or omissions, such as missing indexes, that are likely to cause performance problems in production. It will allow the Governance and Operations team visibility into production readiness of the code, warning them of security loopholes and vulnerabilities. William Brewer describes the two technical approaches to database code analysis, static and dynamic, and suggests some tools that can help you get started.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: code analysis
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Opinions and Votes

When we look to improve software, we are often expressing our opinion on which items need to be handled first. It's helpful to keep in mind that it's an opinion being expressed, and not a vote, no matter how much it is solicited by a company.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Testing COALESCE with tSQLt

Learn how you can use tSQLt to test your COALESCE queries.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: tsqlt
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How to Read a Transaction Log Backup

The transaction log backup is stored in SQL Server proprietary format, just like the transaction log itself. Even though the transaction log backup is in a special format, Microsoft has provided us with the fn_dump_dblog() function to read transaction log backups. This function is undocumented, so you should use care when using this function in a production environment.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/17 | Source: Database Journal | Category: transaction log
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SQL Crossword #2 SELECT Keywords

Crossword Puzzle on SELECT Keywords  Read more...
By Kenneth Fisher 2017/08/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to SQL Server Automated Database Testing Level 1: Why You Need TDD

The first article in this Stairway Series makes the case for test-driven development.  Read more...
By Sebastian Meine 2017/08/16 (first published: 2014/12/31) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | 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 2017/08/16 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Redgate | Category: performance tuning
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Monitoring Azure Cloud and Hybrid Environments

Cloud-based services and applications must still be monitored just like the on-premise ones. You still need most of your data center activities that ensure that your planning, budgeting, security and service-level obligations are met wherever the data and services are actually hosted. There is much to be said for an integrated approach to providing a unified view of entire application workloads on-premise. hybrid and cloud using the same tools wherever possible.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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New permissions features brings access control to SQL Clone

SQL Clone permissions has been high on the wish-list for users and the new feature addresses it in an intuitive way that enables you to allocate and change permissions quickly and easily.  Read more...
By 2017/08/16 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql clone
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Hiring Heterogeneously

Hiring a diverse group of people can make your team work better. Steve Jones has a few thoughts today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using Database Master Keys in SQL Server

Learn the basics of Database Master Keys and how you can use them in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: encryption
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Let’s Corrupt a Database Together, Part 3: Detecting Corruption

Having already shown how to corrupt a database, and then how nonclustered indexes can be corrupted independently, in this post Brent Ozar explains how you can detect corruption.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/15 | Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited Blog | Category: corruption
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Hiring Guitarists

Hiring senior people is hard, but Steve Jones stumbled upon an idea that compares hiring technology people to hiring a senior level technology expert.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server Management Studio Tips

Complete guide about hidden gems of SSMS  Read more...
By Konstantin Taranov 2017/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: ssms
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The art of getting it right

Phil Factor advocates paying attention when it doesn't matter to prepare for when it does.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server function to check dynamic SQL syntax

Although most of what you read tells you to stay away from dynamic SQL, the reality is there are places where writing T-SQL code dynamically just makes sense. The one downside to dynamic SQL is that if it is not written correctly the code will fail. Eli Leiba shares a function that he created to help determine if the dynamic code is OK prior to execution.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/14 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: dynamic code analysis
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Using multiple custom SQL formatting styles in SQL Prompt

Usually, when coding SQL, you will want to go along with the coding style of the team you are working with. This article shows how to use SQL Prompt formatting styles to create and maintain multiple code styles, each for a dedicated purpose, and to switch between them and apply a new style to existing code, with ease.  Read more...
By 2017/08/14 | Source: Redgate | Category: t-sql
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What's in your CLR?

For today's Friday poll we have a guest editorial from Jeff Moden. The head of the anti-RBAR alliance has spent a lot of time trying to help others write better T-SQL and solve their problems with code that performs well. However this Friday Jeff asks about the CLR and how you are using it, or not using it, in the real world.  Read more...
By Jeff Moden 2017/08/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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