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Gorandalf's SQL Blog

Goran is a SQL Server/Microsoft Data Platform professional. He started working with the SQL version 6.5 many years ago and has worked in various DB-related roles from database administrator to database developer to Data Warehouse and BI architect. He's a member of the local chapter of PASS in in Munich, Germany and often attends SQL Saturdays and similar events in the region.

Archives: April 2015

Using SSIS Lookup Transformation in ETL Packages

Lookup is one of many transformations available in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Its purpose is to perform a JOIN of two datasets: input columns from a data source and columns in a reference dataset – a table, view or a result of a query. Lookup can be used in… Read more

2 comments, 8,230 reads

Posted in Gorandalf's SQL Blog on 29 April 2015

The MERGE Statement – One Statement for INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE

Starting with SQL Server 2008, we can use the MERGE statement to solve some every day scenarios in more elegant ways. A short definition of this new feature would be: it allows us to write a single statement to synchronize data in two tables by executing any combination of INSERT,… Read more

2 comments, 1,191 reads

Posted in Gorandalf's SQL Blog on 20 April 2015

How to Test Existing T-SQL Code Before Changing the Compatibility Level

You can easily determine whether existing stored procedures, UDFs and views can work in a higher (or lower, if you wish) compatibility level. The only tool that you need for this is SSMS and a copy of your production database on a development server. Here are the steps:

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1 comments, 2,933 reads

Posted in Gorandalf's SQL Blog on 13 April 2015

Database Compatibility Level 101

Each SQL Server database has a setting called Compatibility Level that determines how T-SQL commands are interpreted and what features are supported for that database. A single SQL instance can host multiple databases with different compatibility levels, so SQL statements that work on one database might not work on the… Read more

1 comments, 1,112 reads

Posted in Gorandalf's SQL Blog on 12 April 2015

Hello SQL Server world!

Hi folks! Look, my very first post, yay!

I’ve been thinking about starting my own SQL-related blog for a long time and I guess I just needed a little kick that eventually came from Ed Leighton-Dick, Brent Ozar, Kevin Kline, Andy Warren and few other members of… Read more

6 comments, 308 reads

Posted in Gorandalf's SQL Blog on 4 April 2015