The SQL CREATE INDEX statement is used to create clustered as well as non-clustered indexes in SQL Server. An index in a database is very similar to an index in a book. A book index may have a list of topics discussed in a book in alphabetical order. Therefore, if you want to search for any specific topic, you simply go to the index, find the page number of the topic, and go to that specific page number. Database indexes are similar and come handy. Particularly, if you have a huge number of records in your database, indexes can speed up the query execution process. There are two major types of indexes in SQL Server: clustered indexes and non-clustered indexes.Read more »
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- Using SQL CREATE INDEX to create clustered and non-clustered indexes - January 10, 2020
- Rollback SQL: Rolling back transactions via the ROLLBACK SQL query - December 26, 2019
- SQL Injection: Introduction and prevention methods in SQL Server - December 25, 2019
The rollback SQL statement is used to manually rollback transactions in MS SQL Server.Read more »
A SQL injection attack is one of the most commonly used hacking techniques. It allows hacks to access information from a database that is otherwise not publically accessible.Read more »
The sp_executesql stored procedure is used to execute dynamic SQL queries in SQL Server. A dynamic SQL query is a query in string format. There are several scenarios where you have an SQL query in the form of a string.Read more »
The SQL EXCEPT statement is one of the most commonly used statements to filter records when two SELECT statements are being used to select records.
The SQL EXCEPT statement returns those records from the left SELECT query, that are not present in the results returned by the SELECT query on the right side of the EXCEPT statement.Read more »
This article covers how to connect a Python application to Microsoft SQL Server using a 3rd party Python SQL library. The library that we are going to use is called “pyodbc”, which is freely available. We will use “pyodbc” to perform CRUD (Create Read Update and Delete) operations on a Microsoft SQL Server database.Read more »
This article explains SQL DDL commands in Microsoft SQL Server using a few simple examples.Read more »
The SQL While loop is used to repeatedly execute a certain piece of SQL script.Read more »
In this article, you will see how to use different types of SQL JOIN tables queries to select data from two or more related tables.Read more »
Security has been one of the prime concerns of database developers since the inception of database management systems. Various data protection schemes have been introduced to provide secure access to sensitive data.Read more »
XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is one of the most common formats used to share information between different platforms. Owing to its simplicity and readability, it has become the de-facto standard for data sharing. In addition, XML is easily extendable.Read more »
SQL Server Query Store is a performance monitoring tool that helps us evaluate the performance of a SQL query in terms of several different performance metrics such as CPU and Memory Consumption, execution time and the I/O cycles consumed by the query. Query store is similar to the windows “Task Manager”. A task manager provides information about the CPU, Memory, Network and Disc consumption of a process. Similarly, the Query Store provides insight to similar information.Read more »
This article aims to provide the basics of creating Logistic Regression in Azure ML by designing a simple model step-by-step.Read more »
A graph database is a type of NoSQL database that is based on graph theory. Graph databases are ideal for storing data that has complex many to many relationships. In this article, we will study the very basics of graph databases with the help of a simple example.Read more »
Nested Triggers in SQL Server are actions that automatically execute when a certain database operation is performed, for example, INSERT, DROP, UPDATE etc.Read more »
With the introduction of SQL Machine Learning Services, it is now possible to run Python Scripts from any SQL Server client such as SQL Server Management Studio. In addition to directly running the Python Scripts on SQL Server Clients, you can write Python Code on native Python editors and run it remotely on SQL Server using Python clients for SQL Server.
In this article, we will see how to execute some of the basic Python functionalities within SQL Server Management Studio. The article provides an introduction to running basic Python scripts in SQL Server Management Studio.Read more »
CSV (comma separated values) is one of the most popular formats for datasets used in machine learning and data science. MS Excel can be used for basic manipulation of data in CSV format. We often need to execute complex SQL queries on CSV files, which is not possible with MS Excel. See this article for what is possible with Power BI.
However, before we can execute complex SQL queries on CSV files, we need to convert CSV files to data tables.Read more »
The R language is one of the most popular languages for data science, machine learning services and computational statistics. There are several IDEs that allow seamless R development. Owing to the growing popularity of the R language, R services have been included by Microsoft in SQL Server 2016 onwards. In this article, we will briefly review how we can integrate R with SQL Server 2017. We will see the installation process and will also execute the basic R commands in SQL Server 2017.Read more »
In SQL Server, both the SEQUENCE object and IDENTITY property are used to generate a sequence of numeric values in an ascending order. However, there are several differences between the IDENTITY property and SEQUENCE object. In this article, we will look at these differences.Read more »
In relational database systems, objects have different types of relationships with each other. Apart from table relationships (such as one to one, one to many and many to many), objects such as stored procedures, views, custom functions also have dependencies on other objects. It is important to understand object dependencies, particularly if you want to update an object that depends upon other objects.Read more »
SQL Server supports table valued functions, what are functions that return data in the form of tables.
JOIN operations in SQL Server are used to join two or more tables. However, JOIN operations cannot be used to join a table with the output of a table valued function.
APPLY operators are used for this purpose.Read more »
Data conversion is one of the most fundamental tasks of any programming language. Data received from different sources is often not in the right format. For example, if you receive an XML file where age is in the string format and you want to calculate an average age for the people in the file you will need to convert age into an integer.
To make the conversion process simple, the TRY_PARSE and TRY_CONVERT functions were introduced in SQL Server 2012. Before TRY_PARSE and TRY_CONVERT, SQL Server only had the PARSE and CONVERT functions.Read more »
What is a GUID?
GUID is a 16 byte binary SQL Server data type that is globally unique across tables, databases, and servers. The term GUID stands for Globally Unique Identifier and it is used interchangeably with UNIQUEIDENTIFIER.Read more »
Sequence objects are used to sequentially generate numeric values. They were introduced in SQL Server 2012.
Sequence objects are similar to the IDENTITY column in any SQL table. However, unlike the IDENTITY column, they are independent and are not attached to any table. Sequence objects are used both independently and within the DML statements i.e. INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE.
This article will take a detailed look at sequence objects.Read more »