One of the more interesting new features with SQL Server 2005 is the native encryption built into the product. Expert SQL crpytographer, Michael Coles, brings us a look at the symmetric keys in SQL Server 2005 and how they can be used to encrypt data and be secured by a certificate.
The great debate over NULLs will probably never end. Should we use them in our databases? What meaning do they have? These are all
valid questions. In this article SQL Server expert Michael Coles takes a look at the problems that are inherent in eliminating NULLs completely from
Numbers are fascinating concepts in all types of mathematics, but they can be very helpful as well in your SQL Server queries. Guru Michael Coles brings us a look at how a numbers table can you and includes a bunch of code for both SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005.
In the final installment of his series, Michael Coles examines a few other functions in his SQL Server 2000 toolkit to help you with other functions, like reading a directory on your server. Read the series and send some feedback to make this THE premier toolset for SQL Server 2000 DBAs.
Phonetic matching, working on finding terms that are misspelled, is an art and there are a number of ways to handle it. In SQL Server 2000 the tools are limited, but Michael Coles brings us part 3 of his toolkit with some handy functions that can help you with text searching.
Many people have posed the question of how to generate sequential numbers for some report when the underlying data has no numbering system. The solutions have always been complicated derived or temporary tables and are difficult to implement. SQL Server 2005, however, brings us the ROW_NUMBER() function and author Michael Coles shows us how this can be used to easily add sequential numbering to your results.
That certainly is a mouthful, but it boils down to author Michael Coles implementation of a sound matching search for SQL Server 2005. Another mouthful, but if you are interested in getting close matches because your clients cannot spell, you might want to read this one.