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Basic Concepts of Probability Explained with Examples in SQL Server and R

Many organizations have known the fact that data have been evolved from the by-product of corporate applications into a strategic asset [1]. Like other corporate assets, the asset requires specialized skills to maintain and analyze. With modern data analytic tools, for example Python, R, SAS and SPSS, IT professionals can build models and uncover previous unknown knowledge from the ocean of data.

2020-01-27

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Monitoring SQL Server with Splunk and SQL Monitor

Splunk is a search engine for collecting and analyzing all sorts of "machine data", including log data and metrics for SQL Server. SQL Monitor gives you the detailed diagnostic view of all your SQL Server instances, and databases. If you have Splunk to monitor your applications and server infrastructure, and SQL Monitor to help you understand the behavior of a complex database system such as SQL Server, then you have a powerful and capable monitoring tool set.

2020-01-24

Removing the Square Bracket Decorations with SQL Prompt

If you avoid illegal characters and reserved words in your identifiers, you'll rarely need delimiters. Sadly, SSMS applies square bracket delimiters indiscriminately, as a precaution, when generating build scripts. Phil Factor provides a handy function that adds quoted delimiters only where they are really needed and then sits back and lets SQL Prompt strip out any extraneous square brackets, in a flash.

2020-01-22

New release: SQL Change Automation 4.1

We’ve heard from users that they really care about static data and were missing the feature in the SQL Change Automation SSMS plugin. In v4.1, we’ve added support for the tracking of static data tables to the SSMS extension, alongside existing support in the VS extension. Maya Malakova has written a technical summary showing how to use this feature. Learn more about the release here.

2020-01-21

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