This is a series of posts on the PASS Summit and SQL Saturdays. I’m outlining some thoughts here, sometimes for the first time, but on topics that I think make better events. These are opinions and thoughts, not mandates or demands.
I’ve got a high dpi display on my laptop. The recommended resolution is 2560×1704. That’s small. I have had all kinds of issues with SSMS, VS, and various other applications, including a few from Redgate.
The other day I was looking at the Explorer window from about 2 feet away… Read more
One of the things that I like about ReadyRoll is that the product will automatically build new scripts that are named in a sequential order. This usually results in a few scripts that look like this:
As you can see, these scripts aren’t very intuitive. In fact, if you get… Read more
You can read part 1, but that’s more about the (initial) hardware changes. This one looks at getting moving on the new desktop. Note, that since I changed the MB/CPU/Boot disk, I decided to reinstall Windows as well on a new disk to ensure I wouldn’t have more issues. Read more
This is a series of posts on the PASS Summit and SQL Saturdays. I’m outlining some thoughts here, sometimes for the first time, but on topics that I think make better events. These are opinions and thoughts, not mandates or demands. I’ve written previously on choosing speakers.
One of the… Read more
I’ve had an aging desktop for some time. I originally bought it from Glenn Berry (b | t), who I think gets a new machine every quarter or two. Seriously, I think there is a computer in every room of his house, and he has a lot of rooms.
In… Read more
Tldr: A bit of a rant. I’m not spending a bunch of time crafting this.
I have mixed feelings about searching for information on Microsoft sites. It kind of works, kind of doesn’t. I know that there are resource constraints to upgrading their sites, but I’m more and more annoyed. Read more
I’ve been working with ReadyRoll quite a bit the last few months, and wanted to start putting out some information. I’m looking to do a longer series, but here’s a quick post on getting started.
When you install ReadyRoll, you get a new project type under SQL Server.
This is… Read more
I did some work a 3-4 years ago, learning about the Windowing functions and enjoying them so much I built a few presentations on them. In learning about them, and trying to understand them, I found some challenges, and it took some experimentation to actually understand how the functions work… Read more
I first heard this little acronym from Grant Fritchey (b | t). He used it when talking about backups and restores, and I like it. However I realize that I’ve never actually noted what it is, so a short blog to do so today.
An RGE is a… Read more
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.
A few years back, Redgate Software released SQL Search. This was an internal project that became a free product we released. Free as in beer, so go get it.
Why use SQL Search?
In this case, Michael J Swart is hosting this month’s blog party and he asks us to write about something to… Read more
One of the issues I’ve seen with Azure is that is changes rapidly. It’s cool in that new things get added and problems get addressed. There’s also a buzz with learning and working with Azure from many people, including lots of MVPs. This means we get lots of things written… Read more
I upgraded my SQL Prompt recently, mostly as a habit. The team led by David and Aaron are always adding cool new features, and have almost never broken my flow, so I usually take the changes they’ve made whenever they appear. In this case, I got an unexpected surprise.
While… Read more
One of the things that is needed in quite a few functions is the object_id of a particular table/view/procedure/function in SQL Server. For example, I was looking at STATS_DATE recently, and it has this definition.
STATS_DATE (object_id, stats_id)
In the past, I’d run something like this:
DECLARE @i INT…
There’s a new conference in London next week, the InsideSQL conference on June 14th. It’s at the CodeNode venue, near Liverpool Stree and the Moorgate stations.
And I want to go.
I can’t. I’m a bit traveled out, my family is a bit tired of travel overall, and I need… Read more
The Beta is out. I’ve been waiting for this, and was glad to see Carly’s post on the product. I’ve been involved in looking at some early designs and functionality, and have been waiting for the product to get to the point I could play with it more.
Be sure… Read more
I was writing a poorly performing UDF the other day and then wanted to replace it with a better performing one. However, I wanted to be sure that the function was the acting the same externally. In other words, does all my code that calls the function work the same? Read more