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My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.

Archives: April 2013

INFORMATION_SCHEMA the un-sung system views

I spend a reasonable amount of time looking through various forums, answering some questions and reading the answers to others. One of the things I’ve noticed is that while I frequently see system views referenced I only very rarely see the INFORMATION_SCHEMA views mentioned. This seems rather strange to me… Read more

10 comments, 2,319 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 April 2013

How do I tell the stored procedure name from inside the stored procedure?

I’ve occasionally had the problem of trying to put “smart” logging messages into a process. You know the ones, you’re trying to set up logging for a process and you really want to create a somewhat generic piece of code that you can throw into each stored procedure. Something that… Read more

1 comments, 726 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 April 2013

Who writes your documentation?

I’ve been thinking recently about who writes the best documentation. Not including a professional technical writer (although they actually do fit into my conclusion). On first thought I would have thought the SME (subject matter expert) would of course write the best documentation, because they understand the processes best. Upon… Read more

4 comments, 793 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 22 April 2013

Calculating the length of a string (Len vs DataLength)

This one is basic but still something that can catch you unawares if you aren’t careful. Most DBAs and developers I know use the function LEN to calculate the length of a string. Little wonder since that is exactly what this function is for. However not everyone realizes the small… Read more

3 comments, 836 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 April 2013

How do I use a variable in an IN clause?

I see this question in one form or another a lot. I’ve seen this or something like it probably half a dozen times in the last couple of weeks on the forums I read. To the point where it even showed up in a dream the other night (I know,… Read more

10 comments, 744 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 April 2013


I generally spend part of each day looking through http://www.stackoverflow.com, http://dba.stackexchange.com or http://www.sqlservercentral.com. I read through questions that have already been answered if they look interesting and answer questions where I can. This is a great way to not only keep up my basic skills but to collect… Read more

10 comments, 4,071 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 1 April 2013