What's the true and permanent cost of lowering the Fill Factor of an index in SQL Server? It's a lot more than many people think. 9 year SQL Server MVP veteran, Jeff Moden, demonstrates how to calculate the extra space that will be used by lowering the Fill Factor and saved by increasing it.
2021-05-28 (first published: 2019-09-03)
Fill in another bit of your T-SQL knowledge about STR(). It right justifies, rounds, and controls the output width of columns. Sounds perfect but here's why you might not want to use it.
2019-04-26 (first published: 2010-12-15)
Fill in another bit of your T-SQL knowledge by learning how to quickly group ranges of contiguous dates without RBAR.
2019-04-19 (first published: 2010-12-07)
Fill in another bit of your T-SQL knowledge by learning how to sort a result set by the proper month order, but use the month name instead.
2019-04-12 (first published: 2010-11-15)
He admits it wasn't his idea but his head sure wishes it was. SQL Server MVP Jeff Moden explains a wonderful, super simple, very high performance formula that will calculate ISO Week Numbers. If you're "stuck" with SQL Server 2005 or less, you're going to like this a whole lot!
2015-10-23 (first published: 2013-04-08)
It's an old problem with a solution that's nearly as old. SQL Server MVP Jeff Moden shows us the old trick mixed with a slick trick to format the duration as extended hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds.
2015-04-03 (first published: 2014-01-16)
SQL Server MVP Jeff Moden shows us a new very high performance method to convert an "Adjacency List" to “Nested Sets” on a million node hierarchy in less than a minute and 100,000 nodes in just seconds. Not surprisingly, the "steroids" come in a bottle labeled "Tally Table".
2014-09-19 (first published: 2012-11-13)
Many people have used a "Numbers" or "Tally" table without really knowing what it does. This is an introduction as to how a Tally table replaces a loop.
2014-07-04 (first published: 2008-05-07)
It's a well known fact that Scalar UDFs are the stuff of performance nightmares in T-SQL. But are they really as bad as they say? SQL Server MVP Jeff Moden shows us that they might not really be as big a problem as you might think and what you can do when they actually are.
2014-06-24 (first published: 2012-08-01)