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RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero

My real name is Tracy McKibben. I’ve been working with database products for over 20 years, starting with FoxBase running on Xenix. Over the years, I’ve worked with all flavors of FoxPro, some Clipper and dBase, and starting somewhere around 1995, SQL Server. I’ve even dabbled with Oracle, though I’ve tried to block out all memories of that experience. At present, I’m the Senior SQL Server DBA and the DBA Team Supervisor for Pearson VUE. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Pearson VUE.

Archives: July 2014

Friday Followup For July 25, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Which One’s Better?
  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Building (for…

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0 comments, 94 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 25 July 2014

Friday Followup For July 18, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Which One’s Better?
  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Building (for…

Read more

0 comments, 104 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 18 July 2014

Friday Followup For July 11, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Which One’s Better?
  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • Cheating…

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0 comments, 106 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 11 July 2014

Which One’s Better?

During a recent webcast, someone asked if, in an EXISTS query, it is better to use “SELECT *”, “SELECT ‘1’”, or some other variation. I promised a followup blog post to explore this and try to come up with a definitive answer. This is that post.

All of the examples… Read more

6 comments, 136 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 8 July 2014

Friday Followup For July 4, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Dell Webcast Followup: Subqueries For Superheroes
  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter…

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0 comments, 146 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 4 July 2014

Dell Webcast Followup: Subqueries For Superheroes

On June 24th, Dell Software gave me the privilege of presenting Subqueries For Superheroes as part of their Experts Perspective webcast series. This is one of my favorite presentations to give, and it’s always a treat to be invited to present for Dell.

In case you can’t tell from the… Read more

0 comments, 135 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 1 July 2014