In preparing for the SQLPeople event, I thought about the role, motivation, and techniques of a “knowledge worker” in today’s society.
Not too long ago, Andy Leonard (blog|twitter) dreamed up the idea to create the SQLPeople community. The community is forming around the stories and ideas of its members. The SQLPeople website shares stories.
I spoke at the first SQLPeople event!
And now SQLPeople events are… Read more
Wondering what to do when you get a break from work email today?
Make your opening move in a fun contest.
What’s to win?
You know what’s crazy?
A comprehensive, technical, well thought-out, and ENJOYABLE document. One written with the occasional interesting diagram and a reasonable use of acronyms, with effective tables and practical advice. A document that’s written for a human being which has helpful links… Read more
There’s a lot of dynamic management and system objects to keep track of in SQL Server.
We all sometimes have the moment when we can’t remember exactly which DMV, DMF or other system view/function returns a particular column, or if something even IS accessible from the system objects.
When this… Read more
It’s often useful to be able to run a bunch of stored procedures in the background over a period of time against a test instance.
This can be nice for:
- Demos and presentations.
- Populating DMVs with data you can slice and dice.
- Learning to use things like extended…
Internals Matter: Why You Should Check Your Page Verify Settings, and I Should Go to Masters Immersion Training (SQL Skills Contest Entry)
1) Your Page Verification Settings are Critical
You should confirm you are running with the correct page verification settings on your SQL Server databases. It’s very important, and I’ll show you why.
2) I Should Attend the Awesome SQLSkills Master Immersion Event – Internals…
Let’s make one thing clear from the start:
This Post Tells You How To Corrupt a SQL Server Database with a Hex Editor in Gruesome Detail
And that’s all this post tells you. Not how to fix anything,… Read more
Optimizing queries is the most fun when you don’t need to add indexes. There’s nothing quite so nice as finding a way to make reading data faster, without slowing down writes or creating new data structures that need to be maintained.
Here’s one way you can use BACKWARD scans to… Read more
With every new year I think a little bit about time and dates. This posts looks a little more at that in TSQL.
Rounding Dates: Which way is best?
Sometimes in TSQL you need to round a datetime value to the precision of either a day, hour, minute,… Read more
In A Previous Installment
… our heroine (that’s me) rediscovered CTEs, specifically in the recursive style. That was in my post “Filling in Data Potholes with Recursive CTEs.”
To recap: I was working on a problem with gaps in temporal data. The basic scenario was:
I’ve been thinking about the upcoming 24HOP event planned for March 15 and 16 which will showcase 24 women speakers. Karen Lopez (post | twitter), Jenn Stirrup (post | twitter), and Jen McCown (post | twitter Read more
Imagine that you are writing a script that looks at data grouped by the minute. You notice that there are no rows for some minutes, and you’d like to display a value when that is the case, probably showing a count of zero.
In… Read more
The 12 days of SQL
Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) had an idea: a group of people should blog about writing which they’ve loved this year by people in the SQL community. For each “day of SQL,” someone picks a blog which they thought was great and writes… Read more
This week a question on the Twitter #sqlhelp hash tag reminded me of a detail of SQL Server that I learned the hard way, but forgot to blog about. The question was:
For those without images enabled (you anarchic luddites), that’s “Is there a good reason to… Read more
This past Saturday I presented my shiny new Introduction to SQL Server Partitioning session at SQL Saturday 61.
There were two separate sessions scheduled for partitioning that day, but the room was still full– thanks everyone for coming to learn about how, why, and when you might use this… Read more
TSQL Tuesday #11: Misconceptions in SQL Server
For my entry, I’m picking a… Read more
Yeah, you heard me.
“But Kendra, why would we want to grant developers read permissions? And why would we automate it? And at what point did you lose your mind?”
Well, Virginia, there may or may not be a Santa Claus, but there are a… Read more
Learning: If it’s Not Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong
Like many people, I’m an active learner. I learn by doing something– writing… Read more
Update: Based on Bill Ramos’ comment below and a note on Twitter (thanks!!) I have added some more details which hopefully make the situation clearer.
When setting up data collection using the GUI, configuration failed halfway through setup. At the point of failure I… Read more