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
The question came up, how do the constructs necessary for Elastic Query within Azure SQL Database affect your ability to create views that join across databases. Since I haven’t tested this myself, and I haven’t seen anyone else doing anything with it yet, I decided to set up a test.… Read more
You want to start working with Azure and the Azure Data Platform, but getting started is not easy. Just knowing where to go to find useful information isn’t easy.
I’m here to help.
I’ve started a GitHub repository that is meant to provide a community-based resource that documents where and… Read more
The Azure Data Platform is taking off. I’m seeing more and more interest on the forums, at conferences and in my personal interactions. I’ve been teaching the data platform for six years. Almost as soon as it was available, I started working with it, putting up blog posts and setting… Read more
While presenting at SQLDay in Wroclaw, Poland, on the Query Store, I was asked a pretty simple question, which takes precedence, the Query Store or a Plan Guide?
One of my favorite answers to questions is “I don’t know” because it gives me the opportunity to learn. Let’s figure this… Read more
While this is a personal blog, I try to keep it focused on either technical topics or personal development and leadership related to technical topics. This post is a complete deviation from all of the above. Please, read it anyway.
I went to Auschwitz and Birkenau.
Words are failing me… Read more
In just a few weeks I’ll be doing the Buckeye Blitz. That is, a tour of user groups in Ohio (aka, the Buckeye state, after a tree, not a sports team), one per day across a week. Here’s how it breaks down:
I didn’t post an update last month, but I did do something more important: I elicited your feedback on a question the Board needs to act on.
Here’s what I’ve been up to.
First, based on your feedback (thanks) and conversations that I’ve had with members of the Board, I’m… Read more
I love questions. I recently received one about new plans in the Query Store (available in Azure SQL Database now and in SQL Server 2016 after June 1).
Let’s say you have selected a plan that you want to force. You set it up. Now, let’s say the plan ages… Read more
Saying that you should use the correct data type seems like something that should be very straight forward. Unfortunately it’s very easy for things to get confusing. Let’s take a simple… Read more