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Stairway to Database Design Level 9: Normalization

In the final step of Database Design, Joe Celko gives a simple but effective explanation of the normalization process and why it is important.  Read more...
By Joe Celko 2018/02/21 (first published: 2011/11/11) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 6: Creating Rows Of Data Using The UNPIVOT Operator

The UNPIVOT operator does just the opposite of the PIVOT operator, which we looked at in the previous level. By using the PIVOT operator we can take multiple rows of data and create as single row as output. The UNPIVOT operator will take values from a single row and will create multiple rows. Microsoft introduced the UNPIVOT operator when they rolled out SQL Server 2005. In this level I will be showing you different examples of how to use the UNPIVOT operator.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2018/02/07 (first published: 2015/06/24) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to DAX and Power BI - Level 13: Simple Context Manipulation: Introducing the DAX All() Function

Business Intelligence Architect, Analysis Services Maestro, eight-year Microsoft Data Platform MVP and author Bill Pearson introduces the DAX All() function, discussing its syntax, basic uses and operation. He then provides hands-on exposure to All(), focusing largely upon its most basic uses in manipulating filter context.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2018/01/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Database Design Level 7: Triggers

In levels one to four, we built the tables, base and virtual, of a schema. Levels five and six dealt with stored procedures. This level deals with a feature you need to avoid as much as possible; this is article is on Triggers.  Read more...
By Joe Celko 2018/01/24 (first published: 2011/09/30) | Category: stairway series
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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 2018/01/19 (first published: 2016/06/15) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure
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Stairway to MDX - Level 5: Members, and an Introduction to the MDX Members Functions

Bill explains what is meant by a 'Member' and 'Member function' in MDX. A member is an item in a dimension that include the 'measures' which are the values of the attributes that belong to a dimension. 'Measures' are themselves members of a dimension called the “measures” dimension. MDX has a set of functions, known as member functions, each of which allow us to perform operations upon any member of a dimension   Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2018/01/17 (first published: 2011/09/02) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Agent - Level 4: Configuring Database Mail

Examines the database mail system configuration in depth. You will learn how to configure database mail to work with SMTP mail systems, and get some troubleshooting tips.  Read more...
By Richard Waymire 2018/01/10 (first published: 2011/07/28) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to MDX - Level 4: The Order() Function: Beyond Cube Hierarchies

Bill Pearson continues his examination of the versatile Order() function, focusing upon its use in providing dataset sorts that reach beyond dimensional hierarchies  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2018/01/03 (first published: 2011/08/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Level 4 - Building the Hyper-V VM

In this level of the Stairway to Server Virtualization, learn how to build a Hyper-V virtual machine for SQL Server.  Read more...
By David Klee 2017/12/29 (first published: 2015/10/07) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: virtualization
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An Introduction: Level 1 of the Stairway to Row-Level Security

Learn the basics of how Row-Level Security works in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/12/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: row level security (rls)
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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 2017/12/27 (first published: 2016/05/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: extended events (xe)
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Stairway to SQL Server Extended Events Level 2: Creating Basic Event Sessions in the UI

In this Level, we'll walk through the basics of using the New Session dialog in the UI to create a new event session, define its events, actions and predicates, and establish a target for the session in which to collect the event data.  Read more...
By Erin Stellato 2017/12/20 (first published: 2016/01/13) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Agent - Level 3: Agent Alerts and Operators

How to be notified when a job succeeds or fails, or be notified when a SQL Server performance condition is met.  Read more...
By Richard Waymire 2017/12/13 (first published: 2011/06/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL PowerShell Level 4: Objects in SQL PowerShell

This far, we have learned about installation and setup of the PowerShell environment. You should now have a foundation of SQL Server PowerShell. We now are ready to learn about Objects in SQL PowerShell.  Read more...
By Ben Miller 2017/12/06 (first published: 2012/10/22) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to MDX - Level 3: The Order() Function

The Order() function provides the 'hierarchized' sorts you need for reports and applications using MDX. In this Step, Business Intelligence Architect Bill Pearson explores using the versatile Order() function for providing dataset sorts that respect dimensional hierarchies.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2017/11/22 (first published: 2011/05/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to MDX - Level 2: The Ordinal Function

Business Intelligence Architect Bill Pearson introduces the MDX Ordinal Function, as a means for generating lists and for conditionally presenting calculations. He also demonstrates the use of the function in creating datasets to support report parameter picklists.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2017/11/15 (first published: 2011/02/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mdx
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Stairway to Database Design Level 5: Procedures

Joe Celko tackles the subject of the Stored Procedure and its place in database design. What he writes is food for thought, even for experienced database developers.  Read more...
By Joe Celko 2017/10/25 (first published: 2010/08/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Deeper into Nonclustered Indexes: Stairway to SQL Server Indexes Level 2

By this stage, you should be familiar with the basics of SQL Server indexes. We've discussed what an Index actually is, as well as some of the most common types you're likely to encounter. Now that we've seen some simple examples of how Indexes can be useful, we're going to delve deeper into nonclustered indexes, as we'll see how they can improve the performance of more complex queries.  Read more...
By David Durant 2017/10/18 (first published: 2014/11/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Agent - Level 2: Job Steps and Subsystems

SQL Server Agent jobs are made up of a series of one or more Job Steps. A job step is assigned to a specific job subsystem, which identifies the kind of work the job step is going to perform. Each job step runs in a separate security context, although each job also has an owner that determines who can modify the job.  Read more...
By Richard Waymire 2017/10/11 (first published: 2011/02/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql agent
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 9: Compare, Modify, Derive and Validate Date and Time Values

When you build applications that store data in SQL Server you will most likely have to store dates and times, and you’ll call functions to do date manipulations. It is important to understand the different date and time data types, and when to use one data type over another. In this level I will be exploring the different date and time data types and discussing when each type is appropriate.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2017/09/27 (first published: 2015/11/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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