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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 2018

Dates and Times in SQL Server: T-SQL functions to get the current date and time

We have come on quite a journey so far. SQL Server and Azure SQL Database provide date and time data types to help you design the best possible database. You can read more about that here: Dates and Times in SQL Server: DATETIME Dates and Times in SQL Server: SMALLDATETIME… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 25 April 2018

Dates and Times in SQL Server: the science of time redux

Last time, we began an in-depth look at how time is measured. This post continues our journey. If any of you are students of Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity, this might seem familiar. How does a computer know what time it is? Inside the guts of every computer… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 18 April 2018

Dates and Times in SQL Server: the science of time

Now that we have covered the various date and time data types (see the post from last time) in SQL Server and Azure SQL Database, it’s time to review what we know about time itself and how it is measured, so that we have a basic understanding of how and… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 11 April 2018

Speaking at SQLSaturday #710 in Edmonton on May 5th, 2018

I will be presenting twice at SQLSaturday #710 in Edmonton, on 5 May 2018. You can join me for two sessions: Back to the Future with Temporal Tables What’s New In SQL Server 2017 SQLSaturday is a volunteer-based day of free training for data professionals, and I encourage you to… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 4 April 2018