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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): T-SQL Enhancements

SQL Server 2012 has a number of new T-SQL features.  Listed below are all of the new features, along with the best links I have found that describe each feature:

WITH RESULT SETS, OFFSET AND FETCH, THROW, SEQUENCE: See New T-SQL Features in SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012-DENALI-whats new in T-SQL

FORCESEEK and FORCESCAN: See FORCESEEK and FORCESCAN – New enhancements with Table hints in SQL Server Denali CTP3

Conversion functions: See New Built-in Functions in SQL Server 2012 Denali and SQL Server 2012 – new conversion functions

Date and time functions: See New Date and Time Functions in SQL Server 2012

Logical functions: See New Logical Functions in SQL Server 2012 (IIF and CHOOSE)

String functions: See CONCAT() string function–SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server v.Next (Denali) : CTP3 T-SQL Enhancements : FORMAT()

Analytic functions: See The new Analytic functions in SQL Server 2012

More info:

Video The T-SQL Cookbook: What’s Cool in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and New in SQL Server Code-Named Denali”

Programmability Enhancements (Database Engine)

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