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Spackle: Making sure you can connect to the DAC

The DAC is an important tool and several things can go wrong when trying to connect to it.  Read more...
By Kenneth Fisher 2014/07/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dac
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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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Monitoring for Non Existent Events

Many DBAs monitor for those events they expect to happen, either successfully or failed. However many DBAs wouldn't be aware of an event never occurring.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Driven Security

Set a security standard across environments that developers can see and run, but not change.  Read more...
By Andre Quitta 2014/07/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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Elevation of Privileges

The elevation of privileges is a large security problem and Steve Jones discusses his fears. Would you know if someone successfully attacked your instance?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/30 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: defensive programming
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SQL Server Alert for Tempdb Growing Out of Control

One option to get notified when TempDB grows is to create a SQL Alert to fire a SQL Agent Job that will automatically send an email alerting the DBA when the Tempdb reaches a specific file size. This tip explains how to set it up.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/30 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: alerting
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One a Week

SQL Saturday continues to set records, and Steve Jones is amazed at the latest data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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New SQL Server 2014 Permissions: CONNECT ANY DATABASE

CONNECT ANY DATABASE is one of three new permissions in SQL Server 2014 that can be granted to server logins. What is this new permission good for and why would we ever want this?  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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Avoiding Database Deployment Disasters – 7 Tips

Here are seven practical tips for any 'accidental DBA' or developer, faced with having to deploy an upgrade to a database live to production, in a development environment that is in the early stages of getting the database code “house in order".  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/29 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: database deployment
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How to Handle Calculations Related to fiscal year and quarter

This article describes an easy way to handle calculation based on fiscal year and quarter  Read more...
By Raymond Xie 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: fiscal year
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Frustration with Bad Design

It can be frustrating to deal with poorly implemented systems, but Steve Jones notes that you can't take things into your own hands.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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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Static Code Analysis: a necessary irritation.

There is little doubt that static code analysis can contribute to code quality and deliverability. As an aid to a developer, it seems increasingly essential, but can it ever deliver reliable metrics of code-quality? One shudders at the potential misuse of quality metrics in the wrong hands. My hope is that it remains just an aid to human judgement; and creativity.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
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Exploring Recursive CTEs by Example

Recursive CTEs can be confusing and scary, so examining some non-standard examples may cast light upon these shadowy demons.  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2014/07/25 (first published: 2012/07/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Summer, Summer, Summertime

This Friday Steve Jones has a poll about your summertime activities. What have you done away from work that was memorable?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: WriteLog Wait Time

During a transaction, data is written to the log cache so that it’s ready to be written to the log file on commit, or can be rolled back if necessary. When the log cache is being flushed to disk, the SQL Server session will wait on the WriteLog wait type. If this happens all the time, it may suggest disk bottlenecks where the transaction log is stored.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/25 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: sql monitor
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Data Decisions or Instinct?

Should decisions be made on instinct or with data?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Columnstore Index Changes in SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2012 introduced columnstore indexes, which can immensely improve the performance of OLAP queries. How were they updated and improved in SQL Server 2014?  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: columnstore indexes
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