No no, I didn’t say temporary, but temporal! SQL Server 2016 introduces a great new feature called Temporal Tables. Or in other words, system-versioned tables. We’ll see what catches on. In a gist, such a table keeps track of the history of its rows by the use… Read more
A while back a give a session at the element61 Microsoft Business Analytics Day, a free event where the capabilities of the Microsoft BI platform is demonstrated alongside client testimonials. I gave a session called “Drilling across Analysis Services cubes using Power Query”, which talked about how you can use… Read more
Microsoft is all about rapid release cycles nowadays. We already experienced this with Power BI, where monthly new features and improvements have been added.
Now SQL Server appears to get the same treatment: SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 has just been released. There is nothing groundbreaking in this release… Read more
A little while back SQL Server 2016 CTP2 was announced and I have spent some time playing with it (read: spent hours creating a VM because there were hundreds of Windows updates).
It seems I have already found a very small bug while creating a new database:
Apparently they forgot… Read more
ITPROceed has come to an end and what a great event it was. Kudos to the organizers and all the other speakers!
My session went pretty well, at least from my point of view, although I had to rush my demos a bit since there was only a 50 minute… Read more
For those who haven’t noticed already:
SQL Server 2016 CTP2 (or Preview as some call it) has just been released!
This means it is play time!
You can either download a copy if you’re old school like me, or you can spin up a VM in Azure like all the… Read more
This year I have the opportunity again to speak at ITPROceed, the biggest (Microsoft-related) conference in Belgium for the IT professional. The conference takes place the 11th of June at Utopolis Mechelen. My session is situated in the Data Platform & Internet of Things track and is titled Demystifying… Read more
Here is an overview of the articles I published in the first quarter of 2015.
This will probably be my last article for Intense School for a while.
But on the other hand, I’ve doubled my efforts for… Read more
I recently finished the book Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis by Stephen Few of Perceptual Edge. Stephen Few is a data visualization guru and his books about designed visualizations has changed my career in BI and how I develop reports and dashboards. Few currently… Read more
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