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Common Table Expression Misunderstandings

  • Editorial

I frequently use Common Table Expressions (CTEs) when I demo windowing functions and get questions about them. Windowing functions are limited to the SELECT and OVER clause which means that you can’t filter or group on them directly. Using a CTE is one way to separate the logic of the query into multiple steps so […]

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2021-02-27

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Let it go

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I’ve been digging through the 18 years’ worth of articles, editorials, blogs, contests, interviews, promotions, and announcements over at Simple Talk. There are over 5000 posts, and many are quite outdated, especially those announcing beta versions of software or other time-sensitive content. Some articles haven’t seen the light of day for 10 years, yet some […]

2021-02-06

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Who is my customer?

  • Editorial

My final job in my previous career was at a hospital. I worked there for five years in the 90s before getting my first position as a developer. While I didn’t love the career I was leaving, I did appreciate what I learned from that last job. Part of the onboarding included a short class […]

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2021-01-16

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Goodbye to PASS

  • Editorial

On December 17, the PASS organization announced the news that it would cease operations on January 15, 2021. Since the announcement, folks have been scrambling to figure out how to keep their user groups and events going or downloading recordings. By the way, if you need assistance with your user group, please reach out to […]

2020-12-26

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Bad career advice from a 14 year old

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I was having a conversation with my 14-year-old grandson Thomas the other day. He was telling me that is signed up to take a programming class in school next term and sees a future career in technology. He loves playing video games, so maybe developing them would be a good choice. He also was thinking […]

2020-11-28

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