Simon Sabin


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Large Object Data

Dealing with text, image, and other large object data types can be confusing for many people, in all aspects of working with them. However one place that is important is performance. SQL Server MVP Simon Sabin brings us a few thoughts on improving performance with these columns and the Text in Row setting.

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2006-10-04

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sp_ServerStatus

Have you ever wanted to check that a server exists before using it. Here is a solution that use SQLDMO from within TSQL to get the status of a SQL Server service. It also works for 2000 instances. I have named it sp_ServerStatus for it to be based in master.This returns the status integer and […]

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2002-11-14

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sp_xml_PrepareDocumentFromColumn

Do you want to use OPENXML with an xml document in a table, this procdure will do it for you.Pass in the SQL that will return the column of data, it will return the document handle which can then be used with OPENXML.ExampleDROP TABLE TabCREATE TABLE Tab (doc ntext)INSERT INTO Tab VALUES ('' + REPLICATE('' […]

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2002-11-14

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Function and SP to find if file/directory exists

This function and stored procedure can be used to easily identify if a file, directory or parent directory exist. It wraps the functionality of xp_fileExist but gives easy access to the directory and parent directory exist values.To use it the function pass in the file or path and either 'IsFile', 'IsDir' or 'HasParentDir' it will […]

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2002-11-13

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