So the title says it all, right? Well, only really partially.
Recently an article was published listing the top 10 most recommended books for SQL Server. That’s the part the title doesn’t say. It is really important to understand that we are talking about the top 10 recommended books for… Read more
Every now and again I find myself working with SSIS for one reason or another. Every now and again I find myself fighting with SSIS because it provides less than useful error messages. This is one of those error messages that can be a pain until you understand what can… Read more
I am about to set sail on a new venture with my next official whistle stop. This year has been plenty full of whistle stops and I plan on continuing. You can read (in full) about previous whistle stops and why they are called whistle stops here.
Suffice it… Read more
Every SQL Saturday leaves a mark of some sort. This time around, the folks in Sacramento have really helped leave a BIG mark.
That’s right, this last weekend was SQL Saturday in Sacramento Ca. You might have seen my announcement about it here.
This event had a lot of… Read more
The calendar tells us that once again we have reached the second tuesday of the month. In the SQL Community, this means a little party as many of you may already know. This is the TSQL Tuesday Party.
This month represents the 56th installment of this party. This institution was… Read more
In a few short days the newest SQL Saturday event. This one will be on the far West coast of the United States.
This marks the first time for me to present at a SQL Saturday so far West. From where I live, I have had to travel East for… Read more
There are a million and one uses for synonyms. There are at least that many uses for SSIS. The reality is, not all of those uses are good for you nor for your data nor for your database.
Recently I wrote an article about some good and some bad with… Read more
A recent discussion got me to thinking about Auditing. To be honest, it got started with a complaint about some documentation that seemed overly light about the various fields related to auditing as it stands in SQL Server.
In talking to the person who raised the valid concern about the… Read more
Reading that title, you might sit and wonder why you would ever want to partition a temporary table. I too would wonder the same thing. That withstanding, it is an interesting question that I wanted to investigate.
The investigation started with a fairly innocuous venture into showing some features that… Read more
It has been well documented and is well known that SQL Server supports certain older versions of SQL Server in a compatibility mode. This setting is something that can be configured on the database properties level. You can quickly change to an older compatibility level or revert the change to… Read more
Frequently we hear the analogy that <insert item here> is like opinions, everybody has one and not all of them are good (some may stink).
Well, this may just be another one of those <items>. Whether it stinks or not may depend on your mileage.
This is a pretty interesting topic from a few different angles. Boris proposed a few topics such as… Read more
Imagine my surprise when reading the email and discovering that I was presenting.
Here are the guts of that email.
Can you believe that it’s…
Matt decided that this month for TSQL Tuesday, he would pull out all stops to help us break out the inner prankster in ourselves.
You can… Read more
We are mere moments from the inaugural SQL Saturday (announced a few short months ago) event in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Can you feel the excitement building?
The SQLSat 295 team has been working hard to bring together what we think will be a great event. From the… Read more
As has been well publicized, today is the official Release To Manufacturing date for SQL Server 2014. You can read more about all of that here.
Something that hasn’t received much word is a new feature that is a game changer. I’m not referring to the advancements with the… Read more
Today we have another update for an age old script on this site. You can find the last update to the script here.
This time we have a bit of a bug update. The details of that bug are in the notes for the script.
The line for this months TSQL Tuesday required wagers be made concerning the risks and bets that have either been made or not made.
At close, we saw 17 people step up and place remarkable markers. Today, we will recap the game and let you know who the overall winner… Read more
Managing concurrency is one of the most challenging aspects of working with any enterprise DBMS. There is much confusion out there about locking, blocking, and deadlocks. In this demo heavy session we will clear up the confusion.
Randy Knight, MCM, is an IT professional who has worked with… Read more
Since announcing the topic last week for T-SQL Tuesday, I have thought about many different possibilities for my post. All of them would have been really good examples. The problem has not been the quality but in the end just settling on my wager for this hand.
You see, this… Read more