You may or may not have noticed it after installing SQL Server 2012: the designer interface in Visual Studio 2010/2012 has had a make-over. Nothing too drastic, but at least the undo button works. However, sometimes when you drag or move tasks/components on the canvas, they start to shake. A… Read more
Anyone know if it's possible to configure PowerPoint 2013 to use speaker mode but then go back to duplicate displays on exit?
— Adam Machanic (@AdamMachanic) March 4, 2015
A very interesting question, as I… Read more
That’s right! I will solve a performance issue by adding a UNION into the query. Interested? Read on!
I recently encountered a curious issue with a query. The query itself wasn’t exactly rocket science: it read data from a few tables and calculated the start and the end dates of… Read more
Security is one of those subjects that most DBAs have to deal with regardless of specialty. So as something we all have to work with at some point or another… Read more
I have the pleasure and privilege to announce that I was awarded with the “Author of the Year” award at the MSSQLTips.com website!
I am humbled by the recognition of my fellow peers in the SQL Server community and I’d like to thank all of you, the #sqlfamily, for voting. Read more
As you might have realized, this is not the title of an Agatha Christie book, but rather about some nasty permission issue I encountered with SSIS. At a new project, someone mentioned me that a scheduled job has been failing for quite some time now (actually since they created the… Read more
Just like last year, I’m a bit late with the obligatory “how was last year and what is this year supposed to bring” blog post. Anyway, here it is. Let’s start by wishing every one of you the very best for the new year. I hope 2015 may bring… Read more
Here is an overview of the articles I published in the last quarter of 2014.
- MCSE Prep: Overview of T-SQL Windowing Functions Part 1
- MCSE Prep: Overview of T-SQL Windowing Functions Part 2
The third and final part of this series will probably be published this month, so… Read more
I recently published an article on MSSQLTips.com titled Format Durations in SQL Server Analysis Services. For those who haven’t read it I’ll summarize it quickly: it explains how to create an MDX formula that formats durations into an [hh]:mm:ss format, where [hh] can go over 24 hours. For more… Read more
The Tribal Awards, co-hosted by Simple-Talk and SQLServerCentral, seek to recognize outstanding members of the SQL community. We want to highlight people who are currently leaders due to their writing, speaking, or general community…
I’m quite pleased with the recording, although I sound like a drunk German scientist sometimes. Read more
I was recently contacted by the fine gents of Webucator, an online training services provider. In order to promote their SQL Server classes, they are doing a free series called SQL Server Solutions from the Web where they show different SQL Server solutions found in blog posts around… Read more
I have the great pleasure to announce that I have been nominated for the “Author of the Year” award at the MSSQLTips website. This means however I have to persuade people to vote for me, hence this blog post
You can vote for me at the following URL:
Note… Read more
On November 17th 2PM CET I will redo my SQL Server Days presentation How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer? for the PASS BI virtual chapter. This is great news for the people who couldn’t attend my session at the SQL Server Days and who still want to… Read more
Here is an overview of the articles I published in the third quarter of 2014.
- MCSE Prep (SQL) – Using Parameters in Reporting Services Reports (Part 2)
- Book Review: SQL Server 2012 Integration Services Design Patterns
Ada Lovelace has been an inspiration to many. In keeping with my blog theme, let’s call her a hero. We all have our heroes, those people who…
Some time ago I was writing some windowing functions on a set of data. Basically I was looking for the last date an event had occurred for each type of event. Let’s illustrate with an example:
CREATE TABLE dbo.TestOver (ID INT IDENTITY(1,1) PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL ,[Group] CHAR(1) NOT NULL…
SQL Server Days 2014 is over, but it has been one great event. A very big thanks to the organizers! My session went pretty well, somewhere around 60 attendees I would guess and they didn’t seem too bored. I saw some other great sessions as well, such as Buck Woody… Read more
Lately I have been using more and more the awesomeness of the Alt-button in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). What do I mean with this? While holding the Alt-button on your keyboard, you can select a block of text instead of lines of text.
Note that this is not an… Read more
After quite a while it has finally returned: another Stupid Me™®©! A reminder:
Every time I do something “stupid”, which happens from time to time, I’ll do a little blog post on what happened and how I solved it. The reason for this is twofold: I’ll have a solution online… Read more