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SQL Code Smells

Some time ago, Phil Factor wrote his booklet 'SQL Code Smells', collecting together a whole range of SQL Coding practices that could be considered to indicate the need for a review of the code. It was published as 119 code smells, even though there were 120 of them at the time. Phil Factor has continued to collect them and the current state of the art is reflected in this article. There are now around 150 of these smells and SQL Code Guard is committed to cover as many as possible of them.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/06 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql
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The Importance of Clear Data Displays

An accident on a ship is being blamed on unclear data visualization.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Core T-SQL

Steve Jones thinks there is a list of core skills that any database developer or DBA needs. This week he asks you for a list of those things you think should be included.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Additional Data Files and Proportional Fill

Additional files can be added to to a database to increase the storage. When more data is added to the files, Extended Events shows how SQL Server spreads data across multiple files.  Read more...
By David Fundakowski 2017/11/03 (first published: 2016/07/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: filegroups
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Why it’s time to think seriously about SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2017 is now on general release. The latest version of the heavyweight platform is more than the sum of its parts, however, because it doesn’t just deliver new functionality. Alongside the list of extra features, it also changes two important ways we think about the platform itself.  Read more...
By 2017/11/03 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql server 2017
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Azure SQL Database Long-Term Backup Retention

Azure SQL Database provides a number of benefits that leverage resiliency and redundancy built into the underlying cloud infrastructure. In addition to Point-in-Time Restore as well as Geo-Restore and Active Geo-Replication, you have the option of implementing long-term backup retention of Azure SQL Database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/03 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure sql database
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Good Practices for Software Development

We always want to follow the best, or at least good, practices for software development. However do you know what those are? Steve Jones notes there's at least one that isn't often followed.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Loading partitioned table incrementally using SSIS

This article gives an example of loading partitioned tables incrementally using SSIS  Read more...
By Shubhankar Thatte 2017/11/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: partitioning
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Why is My Database Application so Slow?

When your application is running slowly, the reflex action is to blame the database queries. It is certainly true that some of the more extravagant delays can be fairly blamed on a missing index or unnecessary locking, but there are other potential villains in the drama, including the network and the application itself. Dan Turner points out that you could save a lot of time and money by working out for sure where the problems lie before diving into the detail.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/02 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: performance
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What are the leading DevOps drivers in financial services?

DevOps is gaining ground everywhere. By offering a route to releasing software faster, with fewer errors, it can give companies which adopt it an immediate advantage. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can just buy or decide to do tomorrow. Instead, it’s a shift that needs the right guidance to become reality.  Read more...
By 2017/11/02 | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 3: Infrastructure 101

In this next level of the Stairway to AlwaysOn, we will look at the components required to implement a Windows Server Failover Cluster.  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2017/11/01 (first published: 2014/10/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: cluster
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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 2017/11/01 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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Does Your Work Attire Really Make a Difference?

Does what you wear to work affect how you feel?  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2017/11/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Live Query Plans and Blocking

Erik Darling looks at how SQL Server 2016's live query plans react when they're blocked.  Read more...
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Halloween 2017

It's a holiday in the US and Steve has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/10/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Create SSRS Data Driven Subscriptions on Standard Edition

This will allow you to create "Data-Driven" subscriptions on your Standard SQL Server version.  Read more...
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Six Scary SQL Surprises

The working life of the DBA can be punctuated by surprises, but they aren't generally nice surprises. This is especially true if the DBA is not checking and monitoring the databases for obvious things such as database corruption, and disk space. However, the really scary surprises are less obvious and provide fewer warning signs. Brent Ozar gives six scary surprises that can be avoided by the shrewd DBA.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/10/31 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql
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Parse Data from a Field Containing Multiple Values using CROSS APPLY

It is possible for a field in a character-delimited text file to contain a list of further-delimited values instead of the customary single value. This article demonstrates how to load such a file into a staging table, then use a CROSS APPLY query to parse the list of values into a related table.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2017/10/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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Templates and Snippets in SSMS and SQL Prompt

Phil Factor provides an overview and comparison of SSMS templates, SSMS snippets, and SQL Prompt snippets.  Read more...
By 2017/10/30 | Source: Redgate | Category: snippets
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How Far are You Willing To Go To Get Something?

There are important things in life and in our career, how far are you willing to go to get them?  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2017/10/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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