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Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a SQL Server Professional working in the UK where he recently worked as a DBA in women's clothing, not literally he hastens to add! He is certified in SQL Server 2008, runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group Pass Chapter and is on the organising committee for SQL Relay. In his spare time plays the trumpet in local symphony orchestras.

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Archives: June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 8 Parameter Sniffing

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 27 June 2013

5 community stored procedures you need for your servers

We’re blessed in the SQL Server community that there are so many people willing to share work they have done for the benefit of others. I’ve collated five scripts that have really helped me out over the years by some of the best in the business, enjoy…

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0 comments, 2,723 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 27 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 7 Table Variables vs Temp Tables

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

0 comments, 1,831 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 6 Sargability

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is. Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

0 comments, 1,925 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 25 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 5 Key Lookups

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is. Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

0 comments, 350 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 24 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 4 Indices

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is. Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

0 comments, 448 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 20 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 3 Scalar UDF’s

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is. Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

1 comments, 308 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 19 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 2 Table Design

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

5 comments, 1,959 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 18 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 1 Statistics

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

0 comments, 2,345 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 17 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series)

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

0 comments, 322 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 17 June 2013

Improving performance by using SET STATISTICS IO

When I started using SQL Server the company I was working for at the time had no skill in this area, they were more focussed on other platforms and so I had nobody to learn from. The community was in it’s infancy and I had no idea people would blog… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 14 June 2013

Maidenhead SQL Server User Group 11th June with Chris Webb and David Morrison

Tonight I am organising a User Group at Maidenhead in the UK which marks the start of a huge month of SQL Server for me, but more on that later.

If you have never been to a user group before it’s a no pressure learning environment (so suitable for people… Read more

1 comments, 294 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 11 June 2013

An interview with Alex Whittles Chairman of SQLRelay 2013

Some of you may recall in January I ran a series of interviews entitled “New Year Aspirations”. This interview was held back from the series in order to coincide with SQL Relay that is taking place 17th-20th and 24th-27th June. So grab a glass of your favourite beverage… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 5 June 2013

SQL Server Events in the UK – June 2013

Oh my god, there are so many events happening this month it is crazy. I’m going to break with tradition and start off with an event that is not in the UK. Right now TechEd is running in North America and just today Microsoft announced SQL Server 2014, you can… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 3 June 2013

Microsoft announce SQL Server 2014

As the world is going green, Microsoft announced today that it is going “Blue”. Confused? I’ll explain all in a moment.

Back in April I wrote a post entitled Microsoft let new SQL Server version name slip?, in all honesty I wasn’t expecting an announcement on the… Read more

2 comments, 734 reads

Posted in Richard Douglas on 3 June 2013