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Born SQL with Randolph West

Randolph West solves technology problems with a focus on SQL Server and C#. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP who has worked with SQL Server since the late 1990s. When not consulting, he can be seen acting on the stage and screen or doing voices for independent video games.

Archives: April 2017

Something something Production something something you idiot

You’re reading this series of posts because you want to learn about databases and how to use them. What you should not be doing is learning about databases and how to use them, while working inside a production environment. Also called “prod”, because we’re lazy, this server (or servers) is… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 26 April 2017

Upcoming SQLSaturdays in Alberta, Canada

Taking a short break from the Database Fundamentals series of the last few weeks, I’d like to mention some upcoming PASS community events in the province of Alberta. I will be presenting at SQLSaturday #594 in Edmonton on 22 April 2017 (this coming Saturday). My topic is Migrating to Azure… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 19 April 2017

So, like, what is a byte?

A friend of mine in the filmmaking business, who is exceedingly bright but has never worked with SQL Server before, was reading through the first five posts of this Database Fundamentals series, and asked a great question: “I guess I’m not understanding what a byte is. I think I’m circling… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 12 April 2017

Normalization, The Sequel

If there’s one thing that SQL Server is really good at, it’s relationships. After all, a relational database management system without the relationships is nothing more than a place to store your stuff. Last week we briefly looked at a denormalized table, and then I suggested that breaking it up… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 5 April 2017