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Sheldon Hull

After working in the mortgage industry for 7 years, I transitioned into Business Intelligence and began learning SQL and .NET. My goal is to integrate my business knowledge into my development to intelligently analyze and find solutions to problems. Blogging offers me an option to share what I've learned as well as receive feedback on better practices and solutions.

Archives: July 2013

Shortcut to reference examples, syntax, and definitions straight from SSMS

I’ve never really used the F1 key for help files with most applications. I was surprised at the usefulness in SSMS I discovered today that uses scripting to actually get you MSDN articles relevant to your current selection in the query editor.

If you have a keyword selected and want… Read more

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Posted in Sheldon Hull on 24 July 2013

Check Constraints can help enforce the all or nothing approach when it comes to column updates

If you have a set of columns inside your table that you want to allow nulls in, however if one of the columns is updated force all columns in the set to be updated, use a check constraint. In my case, I had 3 columns for delete info, which were… Read more

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Posted in Sheldon Hull on 18 July 2013

SSMS 2012 Extender for the times you want some organization to the random pile of objects gathering in the dusty confines of that database

When dealing with large amounts of objects in a database, navigation can be tedious with SSMS object explorer. This extender organizes the objects into groups based on schema, helping a developer easily navigate to the appropriate object. The current version didn’t work for views, but the other objects were grouped… Read more

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Posted in Sheldon Hull on 16 July 2013