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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata
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In addition to the data that our clients and customers store in a database, there is a tremendous amount of meta data, 'data about data', that describes how the database is set up, configured, and what the properties are for the various objects. This stairway aims to demystify and explain how you can query and use this meta data to more effectively manage your SQL Server Databases.

Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 1: Why Should You Care About the Dynamic Online Catalog?

In this first level, we look at the overview of what metadata is contained in each database, gain some understanding of the different types of information, and examine a few basic examples.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/08/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 2: Using the Dynamic Online Catalog to Solve Problems

In this second level of the Stairway, Phil looks at where we go to find information about objects, using triggers as the example.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/09/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 3: Exploring Indexes

This level of the Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata focuses on indexes and all the information you can gather about them.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/09/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 5: Exploring Facts About Tables

Now that we've explored, in preceding levels, some of the information that is available about indexes, triggers, keys and distribution statistics, we can concentrate on the tables themselves and their columns.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 6: Idempotent DDL scripts that always achieve the same result: Making changes only once

Idempotence is the property of certain operations in mathematics and computer science, that can be applied multiple times without changing the result beyond the first time they are run. When you are making changes to a database to deploy a new version, you need to be sure that certain changes aren’t made twice, or in the wrong order.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 7: Extended Properties

In this level, I’ll introduce Extended Properties. As with the previous levels, I want to illustrate as much as possible with practical and immediately useful code.   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/02/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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