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SQL Saturday #185 - Trinidad

A free day of SQL Server training in a beautiful location on Jan 25.   Read more...
By Press Release 2013/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql saturday
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VARCHAR (MAX), NVARCHAR (MAX) and NTEXT Data Types

Despite NTEXT and TEXT being deprecated in SQL Server for some time they are still both used in production systems. In this article, I will briefly demonstrate the difference between a VARCHAR (MAX), NVARCHAR (MAX) and the NTEXT data types, and the impact on performance from using NTEXT/TEXT.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/01/21 | Source: SQL Server Performance | Category: t-sql
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Antipathy for Entity Attribute Value data models

EAV models have their uses but the costs are often hidden and if not hidden, more than anticipated.   Read more...
By David Poole 2013/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data model
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Working With Multi-Select Parameters for SSRS Reports

Multi-select parameters give your users control over their reports while reducing the number of reports they have to work with. This example demonstrates how to create a multi-select parameter list and pass the values to a stored procedure that will then populate the report.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/01/18 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: multi-select parameters
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Data Everywhere - Level 3 in the Stairway to Reporting Services

In this article, MVP Jessica Moss talks about data sources and how to connect them to your report. Learn how to add the reusable data sets and data sources for your reporting projects.  Read more...
By Jessica M. Moss 2013/01/18 (first published: 2011/02/22) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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Free eBook: SQL Server Execution Plans

Every Database Administrator, developer, report writer, and anyone else who writes T-SQL to access SQL Server data, must understand how to read and interpret execution plans. This book leads you right from the basics of capturing plans, through how to interrupt them in their various forms, graphical or XML, and then how to use the information you find there to diagnose the most common causes of poor query performance, and so optimize your SQL queries, and improve your indexing strategy.  Read more...
By Press Release 2013/01/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: books
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Fun with ACID

What is ACID and why should we care? A look at the principal that drives all database and DB management software design: A.C.I.D.  Read more...
By Brandie Tarvin 2013/01/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: acid
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Handling Errors in SQL Server 2012

The error handling of SQL Server has always been somewhat mysterious. Now at last, the THROW statement has been included in SQL Server 2012 that, when combined with the TRY...CATCH block, makes error handling far easier. Robert Sheldon explains all.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/01/17 | Category: error handling
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SQL Server T-SQL Tuning – NOT IN and NOT Exists

Following on from the previous TSQL performance tuning article in this series, we now focus on the important topic of T-SQL “Not IN” And “Not Exists “  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/01/16 | Source: SQL Server Performance | Category: t-sql
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Stairway to T-SQL DML Level 12: Using the MERGE Statement

The final level of this stairway looks at the MERGE statement in detail, focusing on how to perform insert, update and delete logic using the MERGE statement.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2013/01/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Free Webinar: Statistics in Oracle and SQL Server

In their third live 'Oracle vs. SQL Server' discussion, Jonathan Lewis (Oracle Ace Director, OakTable Network) and Grant Fritchey (Microsoft SQL Server MVP) will look at statistics in Oracle and SQL Server. Expect a lively debate on Oracle vs. SQL Server from two leading RDBMS experts on Jan 23, 2013.  Read more...
By Press Release 2013/01/22 (first published: 2013/01/11) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: oracle
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How to write a custom metric

You can extend SQL Monitor to track whatever you need to watch on your own system with custom metrics. Grant Fritchey shows us how.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2013/01/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql monitor
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Creating SSIS Package Templates for Reusability

We often need to create similar SSIS packages which contain some common components such as connection managers, data flow components, log providers, event handlers, etc... So do we really need to create a package from scratch each time and add all these commonly used components in each package again and again. Is it possible to create a SSIS package with a basic structure/workflow and common components which can be used as template to create subsequent packages?   Read more...
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SQLServerCentral Runs sp_Blitz - Reliability

The second article that examines the output of the sp_Blitz script&trade; run against SQLServerCentral's database servers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2013/01/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
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Developing a SQL Server Backup Strategy

Developing a backup procedure that makes sure you can do restores should be one of your top priorities as a DBA. In this article Greg Larsen discusses some of the concepts to consider when developing, building and testing a backup strategy.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/01/14 | Source: Database Journal | Category: backup / recovery
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Using a TSQL semaphore in SSIS

This article shows how you can use a TSQL semaphore in SSIS.  Read more...
By Federico Iori 2013/01/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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