this procedure takes a character, tablename and columnname as input-parameter; on execution it removes the given leading character from the table-column - as well as leading blanks. small and easy but very helpful.
For most DBAs, normalization is an understood concept, a bread and butter bit of knowledge. However, it is not at all unusual to review a database design by a development group for an OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) environment and find that the schema chosen is anything but properly normalized. This article by Brian Kelley will give you the core knowledge to data model.