I wrote about the Template Explorer, which comes with the SQL Server tools and is visible in Management Studio (SSMS). It’s handy, but there are limited code items in there. What if I want more?
That’s easy. Suppose I decide that I often need to create procedures with the EXECUTE… Read more
I was writing a quick script to work with files and I only wanted to process one file for each execution of a loop. I could have done this multiple ways, but I threw this together:
$fileEntries = [IO.Directory]::GetFiles(“d:\placeholder”);
$delete = 1;
foreach($fileName in $fileEntries)
if ($delete = 1) Read more
There are lots of little tricks that you can use to become more proficient, and efficient, at writing T-SQL. Here’s a short one that might be more for administrators, but I think for developers it’s very handy as well.
SQL Server tools have included templates for years. I first started… Read more
After I wrote about creating tables that contain the results I expected, I wondered if I could do the same thing with variables. I was thinking that I’d like to better self-document my tests, and I’d like to be able to do this:
declare @TimeElapsed.Expected int = 25;
It turns… Read more
I missed the PASS welcome, but I did arrive to see Cloud Databases from Dr. Rimma Nehme.
We begin with a few references to Dr. DeWitt, who has given amazing keynotes. It’s a tough act to follow, but Dr. Nehme goes in her own direction. Dr. Nehma is highly… Read more
We open with video, quite long. It’s two parts. The first being a community thanks and embracing of the community. Perhaps a little cheesy, but I do like that executives at Microsoft realize this isn’t just a conference where workers show up and learn. It’s a closer knit community.
The… Read more
We’re live at the opening keynote for the PASS Summit, on Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014. Tom LaRock opens the conference learning with a welcome to everyone, those here in person, and those at home watching on PASS TV.
Tom introduces the board, and say they’ll be in the Community Zone,… Read more
Today was my pre-con with Allan Hirt on AlwaysOn. It was great, and I learned a few things. I knew a bit about AGs, but Allan has a ton of experience, and he talked about some architectural things that I didn’t understand.
We had virtual labs, which worked flawlessly. I… Read more
I don’t know who started this pattern, as I’ve seen it in a few places. It could have been Sebastian Meine or Dennis Lloyd. Maybe it was Dave Green, who did the Pluralsight course on tSQLt. Not sure, but I like it.
If I’m looking to set up a… Read more
I was working on a demo recently and needed to show that a little monitoring can help you catch schema changes. At first I looked at SQL Audit and DDL Triggers, but then I ran across a short custom metric on the SQL Monitor Metrics site that my company, Red… Read more
I’ve been playing with the window functions in T-SQL a bit, and I find them very interesting. They certainly solve some problems very well, in a way that’s much easier than has been available in T-SQL.
However there are some things you need to understand. One of these things is… Read more
Today is keynote practice, last minute packing, and then off to the airport for my flight overnight to London. This will be… Read more
The 2014 PASS Summit takes place next month. Actually a few weeks, on Nov 3-7, 2014 in Seattle. While many people attend the conference, there are some additional options for learning that you might think about in addition to the conference itself. While the conference is great, getting deeper dives… Read more
The 2014 PASS Summit is coming up in a few weeks and thousands of SQL Server professionals will be coming to Seattle for the event. Many will arrive early, and many will be there for the first or second time in their careers.
It’s October, and another busy fall is underway for me. It’s also the second Tuesday, so it’s T-SQL Tuesday time again. The invite this month is from Tracy Mckibben, and it’s a neat topic. Not really a technical one, but a fun one that I like.
I can’t believe this will be the fourth SQL in the City in London next week. It’s amazing to me that we’ve managed to build this great series of one day events that is so popular with SQL Server professionals.
I’m heading back to London next week, a quick trip,… Read more
I have had a fairly busy travel schedule the last few years. While I don’t love sitting on airplanes and being away from home, I do look forward to the events and seeing the amazing #SQLFamily and community we have for SQL Server. I’ve also learned a few tricks to… Read more
This is part of a series of tips for speakers on how to make your presentations better.
There’s one thing that makes a big difference for many speakers.
Practice makes perfect, but more importantly, practice develops familiarity. Everyone gets a little nervous on stage, everyone struggled to memorize their… Read more