PASS Summit 2016 is fast approaching. If you’re going, time to start making plans. If you’re not going, sell your boss on the idea and get registered. It’s only the largest Microsoft Data Platform event on the planet. There are over 200 sessions given by some of the most knowledgeable… Read more
Here’s a great question I received: We had a problem at 9:02 AM this morning, but we’re not sure what happened. Can Query Store tell us?
My first blush response is, no. Not really. Query Store keeps aggregate performance metrics about the queries on the database where Query Store is… Read more
If you’re working with Azure SQL Database or you’ve moved into SQL Server 2016, one of the biggest new tools is the Query Store. It provides a mechanism of capturing query performance over time and persisting it with the database. You also get the execution plans for those queries. Finally,… Read more
You get one clustered index per table.
That bears repeating, you get one clustered index per table.
Choosing a clustered index is an extremely important and fundamental aspect of all… Read more
Thursday at the PASS Summit is Kilt Day.
This means you should wear a kilt. Whether you do it in support of Women in Technology, or you just like to swan about in a kilt, this is the day to sport your kilt. Whether you have a fully traditional tartan Read more
I am endlessly fascinated by how the Query Store works. I love teaching it at every opportunity too. Plus, almost every time I teach it, I get a new question about the behavior that makes me delve into the Query Store just a little bit more, enabling me to better… Read more
Azure SQL Data Warehouse can sometimes feel like it’s completely different from SQL Server, but under the covers, it is still (mostly) SQL Server and it does have execution plans. Let’s take a look at one.
I’ve created a new SQL Data Warehouse using the sample database available on the… Read more
Time for another update.
The minutes for the June in-person meeting have been approved and are now ready for your information. We accomplished a lot in the two days and you can read what we did there. I’m pleased about two things. First, while it took until the July meeting… Read more
When the word comes around for elections to the PASS Board, are you one of those people who, even in passing, considers running? If you are, my advice is to well, do it.
By the way, here’s that word.
In order to make this a stronger, even more vibrant… Read more
I’m acting as the curator to a list of Azure Data Platform Learning Resources. It’s speakers and teachers, blogs, articles and more, all focused around the Azure Data Platform. I have it hosted on GitHub so that anyone can contribute. There have been several updates recently that you may… Read more
I love the Query Store. Seriously. It’s a huge leap forward in the capabilities of Azure SQL Database and SQL Server in support of performance monitoring and query optimization. One of my favorite aspects of the Query Store is the ability to force plans. Frankly though, it’s also the scariest… Read more
I actually saw the above statement posted online. The person making the claim further stated that choosing between these three constructs was “personal preference” and didn’t change at all the way SQL Server would choose to deal with them in a query.
Let’s immediately say, right up front, the title… Read more
The Common Table Expression (CTE) is a great tool in T-SQL. The CTE provides a mechanism to define a query that can be easily reused over and over within another query. The CTE also provides a mechanism for recursion which, though a little dangerous and overused, is extremely handy for… Read more
Based on the number of times I see this question on forums, it must be occurring all the time. You have two different servers that, as far as you know, are identical in terms of their options and setup (although not necessarily in terms of power, think a test or… Read more
If you look around at the tools landscape for the Microsoft Data Platform, it’s really interesting. There are a few tools vendors, primarily clustered around monitoring tools, and then there are a bunch of… Read more
Set based operations means you should put everything into a single statement, right?
Well, not really. People seem to think that having two queries is really bad, so when faced with logical gaps, they just cram them into the query they have. This is partly because SQL Server and T-SQL… Read more
If you’re just getting started with SQL Server, the choices you have in front of you are legion. Which drive do you install your instance on? Which drives hold the databases? How many… Read more