Attaching and detaching databases isn't rocket science, but if you have a lot of databases to attach it's pretty boring. Andy has written some VB code that uses SQL-DMO to speed up the process. But DMO isn't the only way - can you write a TSQL script to do the same thing? Fame and fortune await!
The SQLParser object - mostly undocumented - gives you an easy way to convert a TSQL string into a colorized RTF string. Andy started with that and wrote some code to change it to HTML. Useful? Never know! Code and demo program included with the article.
The User_Defined_Functions.exe file contains the User-Defined Functions white paper. The User-Defined functions white paper outlines the characteristics of the new user-defined function (UDF) feature that is introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2000. The white paper also summarizes how you can create your own Transact-SQL functions to extend the programmability of Transact-SQL.
Amir Netz is one of the true OLAP and SQL Server gurus at Microsoft. If you ever get the chance to see him speak, go. This is one of his articles examining OLAP services.
In an online transaction processing (OLTP) environment, the connection affinity mask option may provide performance enhancement in high-end, enterprise-level SQL Server environments that are running on computers with 16 or more CPUs. In particular, this option is useful when there are a significant number of network interactions (more than 10,000 per second) between the middle-tier application servers and the back-end SQL Server system.
In most tables it is enough to have a stored procedure that performs Update Else Insert logic for data managment. However, in some cases we do not want to destroy the old data with an update statement. Instead we want to maintain history up to a certain number of versions. This article presents a method for doing so.