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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: October 2016

The Halloween Problem

DBA: Help me! Help me! It’s Halloween! I have a problem! Oh won’t you please help me!

Ok, so that’s really got nothing to do with the Halloween problem. But it is Halloween today so it seemed like a good time to bring the subject up. Of course if… Read more

8 comments, 2,569 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 31 October 2016

It’s a small world

As I write this we are packing to leave for Disney World, where my family and I will spend close to a week hanging out with hundreds of thousands of the happiest people, not just from the US, but from all over the world. Then while I’m traveling home thousands… Read more

2 comments, 365 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 October 2016

Synchronous vs Asynchronous

You’ll hear these terms thrown around in programming all the time, but what do they mean and why do we care? Starting with simple definitions first:


  1. occurring at the same time; coinciding in time; contemporaneous; simultaneous.
  2. going on at the same rate and exactly together; recurring together.
  3. Physics, Electricity.…

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3 comments, 689 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 October 2016

Installing SQLCMD

For anyone who wasn’t aware SQLCMD is a command line tool for running T-SQL statements and scripts. Before anyone says anything I want to point out that yes, I realize that you can use Powershell instead. Of course not all of us know Powershell all that well and most of… Read more

0 comments, 714 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 October 2016

Using Snippets

A while ago I talked about Templates. This is an easy way to get a, well, template of a piece of code. But a much faster way to get a simple template is to use a snippet. With a simple key command (ctrl-K, ctrl-X) you can… Read more

0 comments, 454 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 October 2016

Too many indexes!

Indexes are great. They speed up our queries. In fact, without them relational database systems wouldn’t work.

Different indexes work best for different queries. In a system with a lot of queries that means we could need a lot of indexes. Fortunately we can have up to 999 non-clustered indexes… Read more

5 comments, 563 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 October 2016

If backups are taken in silence can a recovery still take place?

My friend Andy Mallon (b/t) is hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month. In case you aren’t aware T-SQL Tuesday is a blog party started by Adam Machanic (b/t) almost 7 years ago. Each month someone selects a topic and hosts the “party”. Then… Read more

3 comments, 413 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 October 2016

Floor, Round, and Ceiling

I saw an interesting question today about rounding. Specifically they always wanted to round down. Now as it happens that wasn’t really what they needed, but we can get to that later. It did get me thinking and I figured it would make a good post.


This… Read more

2 comments, 597 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 5 October 2016

Becoming a Microsoft MVP

I was awarded the Microsoft MVP (data platform) award on Saturday.

On the four days a year (one per quarter) when the MVPs are announced a number of us (wow I can’t believe I just said us) post the fact on twitter, usually under the hashtag #mvpbuzz. This was… Read more

10 comments, 621 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 3 October 2016