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Why Scalar Functions Can Be Costly

Scalar user defined functions can be costly in more ways than you know. Watch Mickey Stuewe show the hidden costs of using them incorrectly.  Read more...
By Mickey Stuewe 2017/06/02 (first published: 2016/01/04) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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The OUTPUT Clause for INSERT & DELETE Statements

In this article, I will provide a set of examples to show case the use of OUTPUT clause for INSERT and DELETE statements.  Read more...
By Amarendra Reddy Thummeti 2017/05/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Forecasting with SQL

Can you use SQL Server to extrapolate out trends from your data? Lots of companies would have you buy a BI solution instead, but new author Mark Wojciechowicz brings us a great example of how you could forecast something in T-SQL.  Read more...
By Mark Wojciechowicz 2017/05/19 (first published: 2010/02/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Some of my greatest mistakes

You are never too experienced to make mistakes. An occasional dose of humble pie serves as a reminder to up our game.  Read more...
By David Poole 2017/05/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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OUTPUT Clause Basics (For Inserts and Deletes)

When INSERTING or DELETING rows from a table, the OUTPUT clause can be used to return a dataset containing the changes made. Mat Richardson explains how.  Read more...
By Mat Richardson 2017/05/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Should I Type * or 1 With the EXISTS Logical Operator

In my project I see that people writes different things with EXISTS logical operator (EXISTS (SELECT StarOrOne FROM...)). They are "*", "1" and even "TOP 1 1" or "TOP 1 *". The aim of this article to give a good explanation which option is the best.  Read more...
By Viacheslav Maliutin 2017/04/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Nuance of datetime data type in SQL Server

One of the most confusing data types in SQL Server is the datetime datatype.  Read more...
By Leo Peysakhovich 2017/04/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Performaing a Right and Comprehensive Age Calculation Part 2

Age Calculation gets implemented as an Inline table Valued function with a parameter defining which date parts must be counted.  Read more...
By Sergiy Floka 2017/03/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: age calculation
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Performing a Right and Comprehensive Age Calculation

Age calculation based on the right method used in real life.   Read more...
By Sergiy Floka 2017/03/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: datetime conversions
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Adding Years, Months and Days

Adding Years, Months and Days to Years, Months and Days, with Bonus UK Public Holiday calculation.  Read more...
By Pete Revell 2017/03/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Detective Stories - Tracking Down the Database's Dependents Part 2

No worries about dropping databases. Now we can search for its dependencies before the database dies. Part 2 of a 2-part article.  Read more...
By Brandie Tarvin 2017/03/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database dependencies
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Detective Stories - Tracking Down the Database's Dependents Part I

No worries about dropping databases. Now we can search for its dependencies before the database dies. Part 1 of a 2-part article.  Read more...
By Brandie Tarvin 2017/03/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database dependencies
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Using EXCEPT to Determine Row Differences

How to use the EXCEPT statement to perform row differences.  Read more...
By M. Douglas Bowan II 2017/02/17 (first published: 2014/03/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: except
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Lists With, or Without, Ranges in both T-SQL and PowerShell

Whether you are working in a procedural language like PowerShell or in T-SQL, there is something slightly bothersome about having to deal with parameters that are lists, or worse with ranges amongst the values. In fact, once you have a way of dealing with them, they can be convenient, especially when bridging the gulf between application and the database. Phil Factor shows how to deal with them.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Wildcard Searches

Using wildcard to find patterns in strings going from the basics to some more complicated conditions.  Read more...
By Luis Cazares 2017/02/10 (first published: 2015/09/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Query Performance Tuning – A Methodical Approach

Learn how to approach performance tuning in this piece from SQL Server MCM and MVP, Gail Shaw.  Read more...
By Gail Shaw 2017/02/10 (first published: 2015/06/08) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance and tuning
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Performance of the SQL MERGE vs. INSERT/UPDATE

The SQL MERGE statement offers convenience, safety and elegance, but how does it perform compared to other methods?  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2017/02/03 (first published: 2013/10/28) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: merge
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The Elusive Conditional WHERE Clause

What's this, a conditional WHERE clause that doesn't use dynamic SQL?  Read more...
By John Hick 2017/01/27 (first published: 2013/04/18) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Simpson's Paradox

This article is a case study and an attempt to explain an interesting phenomenon with data anomalies that is commonly called Simpson's Paradox.   Read more...
By Mala Mahadevan 2017/01/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Using Mod to Generate Work Shifts

A short story on using the mod function to a shifting query.  Read more...
By Joe McGovern 2016/12/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mod
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