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Blockades and ladders to learning new tech

It’s been a long time since I’ve been a true newbie to a technology. There are plenty of things I don’t use, don’t know, wouldn’t be able to do for a job, of course. But as a professional and a consultant, most of what you do is at least remotely…

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4 comments, 242 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 3 February 2014

Applied SQL: LIKE ‘whatever’

Today let’s play around with the LIKE operator. Like, totally. Like, Introduction Like “determines whether a specific character string matches a specified pattern. A pattern can include regular characters and wildcard characters.” That makes it pretty darn useful, say, when we’re searching for all product reviews with the word “worst”…

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4 comments, 215 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 27 January 2014

Tip: Jobs without a scheduled run

It’s awfully comforting to see all those backup and maintenance jobs in your SQL Agent list, isn’t it? It’d be a shame if, you know, they never ran. Where do we keep our job information? In MSDB tables: Your jobs are listed in dbo.sysjobs. Schedules are in dbo.sysschedules. The table…

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2 comments, 213 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 22 January 2014

Protesting government web surveillance: Feb 11 Blackout

We at the MidnightDBA compound* believe firmly in the right to privacy, and so have watched with dismay over the last few years as online privacy has taken a giant, flaming nosedive into the land of Big Brother Is Actually a Thing Now. As always, I am heartened and pleased…

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0 comments, 182 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 13 January 2014

Applied SQL: Find and replace using regular expressions in SSMS

Regular expressions are searches on steroids, the wildcats of the wildcard world*.  Even if you  never ever write CLR, regex (as it’s affectionately known) can be useful to you today, right now. Open a new query window in SQL Server Management Studio. Type “xyz”, hit enter twice, and type “xyz”…

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1 comments, 324 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 10 January 2014

Clarity in T-SQL: Adjoining Socks

One of my children is very literal, a true pedantic. “Is there any homework you need to do?” “No.” “Really? Show me your homework sheet. … Why does it say ‘book report due’ for tomorrow?” “Because the report is due tomorrow.” [Deep breath.] “So why did you JUST tell me…

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0 comments, 236 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 4 January 2014

Parameterization – A quick note on a CSS SQL article

I just finished reading an excellent CSS article, How Simple Parameterization works, which is well written and well worth a look. In short, it outlines a customer performance issue caused by a change in the query plan – from parameterized to unparameterized – and a few considerations on resolving it.…

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0 comments, 200 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 December 2013

Scalzi’s Law of Cleverness, as applied to resumes

John Scalzi (blog, Twitter) – science fiction writer, Hugo award winner, philosopher, and blogger extraordinaire – has an adage that I wish to formally declare a law, in my power as a rather less prolific blogger and a fellow human being. Scalzi’s Law goes like this: The failure mode of…

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0 comments, 244 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 December 2013

What a DBA wants for Christmas

In the first few years of ITBookworm.com, we made sure to make up holiday lists of the most awesome gadgets and software that we’d reviewed that year. In recent years, we’ve focused more and more on MidnightDBA, and now on MidnightSQL consulting, leaving us a lot less time for reviewing…

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2 comments, 246 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 12 December 2013

Be a Brilliant DBA

John Sanson (b|t) recently asked a bunch of us, “If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?”  This post is my answer! This, and other articles like it, is available as a downloadable FREE e-book – DBA Jumpstart - at http://www.johnsansom.com/dba-jumpstart/ Grab your…

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3 comments, 243 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 10 December 2013

#TribalAwards with RedGate!

You know what? You’re doing a good job. You’re reading blogs, and that’s generally the sign of a person wanting to learn more about their craft. Well done, you. (And doubly well done for reading my blog, with also shows that you’re intelligent, attractive, and many other positive things.) You…

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0 comments, 168 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 9 December 2013

It sure would be grand to have interesting interviews

Coincidentally, in a week of debate and thinking and writing on IT interviews and candidates, XKCD has gifted us with something beautiful: a comic about an interview more interesting than any I’ve ever heard. Enjoy. Happy Friday, Jen McCown http://www.MidnightDBA.com/Jen

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 22 November 2013

What should a candidate know about your company?

I had a great comment (Ryan McCauley’s) on yesterday’s post that led to a great conversation on Twitter. The comment mentioned a phone screen candidate that was turned down out of hand, because the guy didn’t know what the company did. I personally think that what a candidate (especially in…

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6 comments, 1,433 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 November 2013

How to Fail a Phone Screen

It’s funny to me how easy it is to fail a phone screen – both as the interviewer, and as the interviewee – especially considering the fact that the purpose of a phone screen is to determine whether a candidate is worth bringing in for an interview.  That’s a pretty…

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6 comments, 3,312 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 November 2013

Compare tables to find missing rows

Let’s talk about the case where you want to compare tables to see what’s missing. We might be comparing a list of orders to an imported set of data in a staging table. Or, we’re identifying customers in the database that aren’t on the call list. Whatever the application, finding…

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3 comments, 321 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 14 November 2013

Quick note: Redgate SQL Data Compare using the command line

I’ve been working on an automated data compare process for one client.  I’ve been struggling a little with odd hangups and errors with the SQL Data Compare command line interface, but one particular StackOverflow post solved my final problem. So here’s the final solution: Create a data compare project using…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 22 October 2013

Liveblogging PASS Sumit Day 1 Keynote with Quentin Clark (#SQLPASS #Summit13)

Welcome to the live blog! Have some resources to start: Watch the keynote live here: http://www.passsummit.com  #sqlserver Take a look at the newly announced SQL Server 2014 CTP2 page, and download the bits! Unless you’re on conference wifi, in which case…wait. Get the SQL Server 2014 CTP2 datasheet here. From…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 October 2013

Next Week, in or out of Charlotte (#sqlpass #Summit13 #SQLHighTea #TooManyHashtags)

Welcome to Tuesday. We hope you enjoy your stay! Edit: We have been informed that today is actually Wednesday. We are looking into this, and will report back if a workaround or solution is found in a timely manner. -J Here’s a few notes for the ramp up to conference…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 9 October 2013

MidnightSQL Server Evaluation script, version 1.0

Server evaluations are a major part of my consulting business. I need to get up to speed very quickly on a server when I first start a project, and uncover the big potential issues. So, I started developing a set of scripts to help me gather and summarize that information…

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3 comments, 312 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 30 September 2013

Interviews with Great SQL People – Authors, MVPs, many more

I’m trying really hard to write a blog that goes over all the great #sqlpass interviews we’ve done, but work keeps happening. Pfft. If you didn’t know, we interview great folk at #sqlpass: @ItzikBenGan, @SQLRunr, @brianknight, @billramo, @GFritchey & more in 2009… Interviewed @mrdenny, @sirsql, @gfritchey, @way0utwest, @mark_AzureCAT at #sqlpass…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 27 September 2013

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