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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: May 2017

How to write an INSERT query

My First INSERT Statement Last week we covered how to get information out of a table, using a SELECT query. This week, we will discover some of the myriad ways to put data into a table. The good news is the concept is straightforward: we have a list of columns… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 31 May 2017

How to write a SELECT query

My First SELECT Statement Microsoft SQL Server makes it really easy for us to query tables. In SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for instance, we can right-click on any table we have access to and select the top 1000 rows from that table. Please don’t query tables this way in… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 24 May 2017

Querying a Database

When we want to retrieve information from a database, we query the structure with language appropriate to the database. Remember right at the start of this series we saw that a database could be a phone book or a recipe book. So how do we find the phone number of… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 17 May 2017

SQL Server Management Studio v17.0

Version numbers are confusing. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), the client user interface by which most DBAs access SQL Server, was decoupled from the server product for SQL Server 2016. For the last 18 months or so, we have been receiving semi-regular updates to SSMS (which we can download from… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 10 May 2017

SQL Server 2017 Announced

By now you will have heard that the next version of SQL Server has been announced. There’s no release date yet, but Brent Ozar seems to think it’ll be before June. There are many new features, but the biggest deal is that SQL Server 2017 runs on both Windows Server… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 3 May 2017