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Byte Me: Deep Insight

At least it's not Sage.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2014/07/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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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Calculating and Verifying Check Digits in T-SQL

A lot of numbers that we use everyday such as Bank Card numbers, Identification numbers, and ISBN codes, have check digits. As part of the routine data cleansing of such codes we must check that the code is valid- but do we? Dwain Camps shows how it can be done in SQL in such a way that it could even be used in a constraint, and keep bad data out of the database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: calculation
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SQL-only ETL using a bulk insert into a temporary table (SQL Spackle)

This article demonstrates a method of importing a data file directly into a temporary table and selectively inserting data from the temporary table into a SQL Server table, all in a single set of SQL commands.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: bulk insert
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DevOps

The DevOps movement has Steve Jones excited.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Is Source Control Really That Boring?

The SSC team has put together a little quiz on database source control to go with Rob Richardson, Robert Sheldon, and Tony Davis' new book, SQL Server Source Control Basics. Do you daydream about source control... or daydream to avoid it?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: survey
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Traits of a DBA - Part Two – The Personal Side of a DBA

A good DBA needs to have good technical skills but he also has to have good personal skills. In this article, Greg Larsen discusses the personal skills a DBA should have.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/22 | Source: Database Journal | Category: dba basics
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Data Mining: Part 12 DMX for Data Mining

In this lesson we will learn the basics of DMX and create some samples.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data
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A IT Consultant for our Times

Phil Factor explains that being a consultant in the latest IT hot topic is a worthy role. Someone has to do it, and Phil explains why.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Back from Sabbatical

After six weeks away, Steve Jones is back.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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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SQL in the City: Save the Date

SQL in the City is coming back to London and Seattle in 2014. The London event will take place on October 24 (before Tech Ed Europe) and in Seattle on November 3 (before PASS Summit). Keep an eye on the event website and @redgate for updates.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/21 | Source: SQL in the City | Category: events
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What Is the Hardest Feature to Learn About SQL Server?

SQL Server is a complex product and many of us work with only a small part of the product. However many of us will have exposure to quite a few features inside of the platform. Today Andy Warren asks you if there is some feature that's harder than others.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2014/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to XML: Level 2 - The XML Data Type

Robert Sheldon describes SQL Server's XML Data Type, and shows that it is as easy to configure a variable, column, or parameter with the XML data type as configuring one of these objects with any other datatype  Read more...
By Rob Sheldon 2014/07/18 (first published: 2012/09/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Using PowerShell to Manage Windows Azure SQL Databases

Marcin Policht provides a comprehensive overview of Windows PowerShell’s capabilities in regard to managing SQL Databases (or, in general, cloud-resident resources).  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/18 | Source: Database Journal | Category: powershell
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Access Disdain

Today Andy Warren looks back at his career with Access and why he doesn't see it as a tool to be avoided.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2014/07/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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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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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Stairway to SQL Server Security Level 3: Principals and Securables

What is a SQL Server principal? And what does it get a permission on? In this stairway level, you’ll learn about the various principals that can be authorized through permissions to perform actions and access securable objects in the SQL Server instance.  Read more...
By Don Kiely 2014/07/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway
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One Size Does Not Fit All

Today we have a guest editorial from Derik Hammer that reminds us that there isn't one solution that will fit all your solutions.  Read more...
By Derik Hammer 2014/07/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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