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Stairway to U-SQL Level 15: U-SQL Global Scalar Functions With C#

In this article, see how to created shared functions using C# assemblies in U-SQL.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2017/06/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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Setting Variables in Calling T-SQL Code While Using sp_executesql

In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to set variables in your calling T-SQL code when using sp_execute sql.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/14 | Source: Database Journal | Category: variables
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2018/03/21 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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SQL Data Mask: masking configurations and reports

SQL Data Mask is the latest prototype to come out of the Foundry, Redgate’s research and development division. It copies your database while anonymizing personal data, and you can use it to mask your databases right now, free of charge. This blog post from Developer Santiago Arias explains what's new in the latest update.  Read more...
By 2017/06/13 | Source: Redgate | Category: data masking
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UNION ALL Optimization

Paul White digs into row goals as he explains some interesting and inconsistent behavior with UNION ALL queries in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/13 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: union all
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What is normal? Finding outliers with R

How do you currently set alerting thresholds? What is normal? And more importantly, what is truly abnormal? We will explore these questions.  Read more...
By Nick Burns 2017/06/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: r language
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Have production-level PostgreSQL experience?

Redgate are doing some early stage research around PostgreSQL, and would really like to hear about your experiences. If you think you can help, check out their short survey.  Read more...
By 2017/06/12 | Source: Redgate | Category: postgresql
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Two Approaches to Addressing Circular References in SSDT

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. Neither is universally right for all situations. Understand the differences before picking the model that works for your situation.  Read more...
By Hakim Ali 2017/06/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server data tools (ssdt)
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Guide to enhancing privacy and addressing GDPR requirements with the Microsoft SQL platform

A new whitepaper published today gives Microsoft SQL customers technical guidance for how to approach GDPR compliance with Microsoft SQL technologies.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/12 | Source: Microsoft MSDN | Category: gdpr
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Scala and Apache Spark in Tandem as a Next-Generation ETL Framework

Scala and Apache Spark might seem an unlikely medium for implementing an ETL process, but there are reasons for considering it as an alternative. After all, many Big Data solutions are ideally suited to the preparation of data for input into a relational database, and Scala is a well thought-out and expressive language. Krzysztof Stanaszek describes some of the advantages and disadvantages of a scala-based approach to implementing and testing an ETL solution.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/12 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: scala
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VMware monitoring in SQL Monitor

The Redgate SQL Monitor team has been looking into how you can more effectively monitor SQL Server running on a virtual machine, and are pleased to announce that they've begun this by introducing support for VMware in SQL Monitor version 7.0.11. Find out more about the beta feature in this blog post.  Read more...
By 2017/06/09 | Source: Redgate | Category: monitoring
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Understanding OPENJSON and FOR JSON in Azure and SQL 2016

An example of exporting and importing table data with JSON in Azure and SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Ryan Loftin 2017/06/09 (first published: 2016/05/05) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: openjson
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Statistics in SQL: Pearson’s Correlation

Some people will assure you that you can't do any serious statistical calculations in SQL. In the first of a series of articles, Phil factor aims to prove them wrong by explaining how easy it is to calculate Pearson's Product Moment Correlation.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/09 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: statistics
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The OUTPUT Clause for the MERGE Statements

In this article, I will provide a set of examples to showcase the use of OUTPUT clause within the MERGE statement and how to capture the OUTPUT clause results into an archive table.  Read more...
By Amarendra Reddy Thummeti 2017/06/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Webinar: Microsoft’s Agile Transformation Story

Learn how Microsoft adopted DevOps at scale in this free Redgate webinar on June 12. Donovan Brown, Senior DevOps Program Manager in Microsoft’s US Developer Division, will share how Microsoft embarked on its own DevOps journey reducing a three-year release cycle down to three weeks. Sign up now.  Read more...
By 2017/06/08 (first published: 2017/05/30) | Category: webinar
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How to partition data in Tabular SSAS

Partitioning data is a standard SQL Server administration practice. Partitions enable independent administration of different slices of data. When a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) tabular data model is developed and processed, data is read from the source system and loaded into the tabular data model configured in In-Memory processing mode. Every time the model is processed, the entire data set may not require re-processing. Only certain slices of data containing changes may require re-processing which can be achieved by partitioning data into logical slices. In this post, Siddharth Mehta looks at how to partition tables in Tabular SSAS.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/08 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: ssas
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Stairway to Columnstore Indexes Level 13: Improvements in SQL Server 2016

This stairway series was started in 2015. As such, the focus was on SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 only. When SQL Server 2016 was released, with lots of improvements in the columnstore technology, I decided to finish the planned levels with the original focus on SQL Server 2012 and 2014, and add one extra level with a brief overview of the improvements available in SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2017/06/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Comparing SSIS Catalog Contents Using DBFit Framework

When you are doing the rapid deployment of an updated SSIS project, there are a number of things you have to check to make sure that the deployment will be successful. These will include such settings as the values in environment variables, Package parameters and project parameters. The DbFit test framework turns out to be ideal for the purpose of doing final checks as part of a deployment process, as Nat Sundar demonstrates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/06/07 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: integration services (ssis)
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/03/14 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Redgate | Category: performance tuning
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