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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: August 2017

What you need to know about memory limits on SQL Server

Last week, I posted this statement on Twitter, along with a screen capture of the official Microsoft documentation: Reminder: Max Server Memory is *not* just for the buffer pool. The RAM limit Standard Edition can use *is* just for the buffer pool. Joey D’Antoni was quick to remind me that… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 30 August 2017

Speaking at SQLSaturday #635 in Vancouver this weekend

This coming weekend, at SQLSaturday #635 in Vancouver BC, I will be presenting a brand new talk about Temporal Tables, one of my favourite features of SQL Server 2016+ and Azure SQL Database. If you are in the area, and still have not decided to attend, I strongly recommend making… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 23 August 2017

Microsoft presents: MySQL and PostgreSQL?

For the longest time, MySQL has been the recommended database platform for blogs and other websites. It’s free. It’s available on every version of Linux, which is the most common web server platform. If you need something more complex but still free, there’s PostgreSQL. But there’s a lot going on… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 16 August 2017

This is how I recovered from a catastrophic failure

I was fresh off the boat* from South Africa, working in a small computer store in an equally small town in Saskatchewan. Five days a week in winter, six days a week in summer, mainly removing malware from laptops, selling new computers (which is why I’m happy to recommend Asus… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 9 August 2017

Locks, Blocks, and Isolation Levels

Last week we looked at ACID compliance. This week we dive a little deeper into the Isolation portion, and what it all means. Isolation levels work to manage how my transactions may be isolated from your transactions, to allow concurrency. They work by locking sections of the database until a… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 2 August 2017