Esat Erkec

Esat Erkec

Esat Erkec

Esat Erkec is a SQL Server professional who began his career 8+ years ago as a Software Developer. He is a SQL Server Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

Most of his career has been focused on SQL Server Database Administration and Development. His current interests are in database administration and Business Intelligence. You can find him on LinkedIn.

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Downloading the SQL Server 2019 Express install package

How to install SQL Server Express edition

January 16, 2020 by

What is SQL Server Express edition?

SQL Express is a free and feature-limited edition of SQL Server that has been being published since the SQL Server 2005 version and it still continues to be published by Microsoft. Nowadays, Microsoft has released the Express edition of SQL Server 2019. We can use this edition for lightweight data-driven mobile, desktop or web applications. However, when we decide to use this edition, the supported features have to be checked in the Editions and supported features of SQL Server 2019. For example, the database size can not exceed 10 GB and the SQL Server Agent feature is not supported by the Express editions. As a result, we must take the limited features into consideration before planning to use the SQL Express Editions.

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Introduction to the sp_executesql stored procedure with examples

January 9, 2020 by

The sp_executesql is a built-in stored procedure in SQL Server that enables to execute of the dynamically constructed SQL statements or batches. Executing the dynamically constructed SQL batches is a technique used to overcome different issues in SQL programming sometimes. For example, when we want to determine the displayed columns in our reports, this procedure might be a solution option for us. In the simplest sense, this procedure takes a dynamically constructed SQL batch and other parameters, then execute it in the runtime and, finally, it returns the result.

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An overview of the STRING_AGG function in SQL

January 3, 2020 by

In this article, we will explore the STRING_AGG function in SQL and we will also reinforce our learning with various examples. STRING_AGG function can be counted as a new member of the SQL aggregation functions and it was announced in SQL Server 2017. STRING_AGG function gathers all expression from rows and then puts it together in these rows expression in order to obtain a string. Additionally, this function takes a separator parameter that allows separating the expressions to be concatenated.

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SQL Variables: Basics and usage

November 18, 2019 by

In this article, we will learn the notions and usage details of the SQL variable. In SQL Server, local variables are used to store data during the batch execution period. The local variables can be created for different data types and can also be assigned values. Additionally, variable assigned values can be changed during the execution period. The life cycle of the variable starts from the point where it is declared and has to end at the end of the batch. On the other hand, If a variable is being used in a stored procedure, the scope of the variable is limited to the current stored procedure. In the next sections, we will reinforce this theoretical information with various examples

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SQL multiple joins for beginners with examples

October 16, 2019 by

In this article, we will learn the SQL multiple joins concept and reinforce our learnings with pretty simple examples, which are explained with illustrations. In relational databases, data is stored in tables. Without a doubt, and most of the time, we need a result set that is formed combining data from several tables. The joins allow us to combine data from two or more tables so that we are able to join data of the tables so that we can easily retrieve data from multiple tables. You might ask yourself how many different types of join exist in SQL Server. The answer is there are four main types of joins that exist in SQL Server. First of all, we will briefly describe them using Venn diagram illustrations:

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Renaming the temp tables

How to rename tables in SQL Server with the sp_rename command

October 7, 2019 by

In this article, we will learn to rename tables in SQL Server. sp_rename is a built-in stored procedure which helps to rename user tables in the SQL Server. During the software development life cycle, we might be faced with various scenarios that required to rename the existing tables in the database. For example, the tables which are created in the SQL Server might be needed to be renamed, because of the software version upgrades, bug fixing or other various development requirements. These and similar reasons can make renaming tables important. So, in this article, we will particularly focus on how to rename the tables in SQL Server.

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SQL unit testing - tSQLt framework tsqlt.ExpectException result image

SQL Unit Testing: Working with exceptions

May 21, 2019 by

With this article, we will complete our journey with SQL Unit Testing. But first, let’s remember the main theme of the SQL Unit Testing again briefly. With the help of the SQL Unit Testing, we can detect and find out the flaws and bugs in database projects. This reduces the possible loss of time and money and reputation during the use of the product. However, it should be kept in mind that no matter how many tests are carried out, there will still be some bugs in the project, but SQL unit tests provide a greater degree of confidence. The fact that there are no bugs or flaws in the application at that time does not mean that the application is perfect. We cannot test all combinations and probabilities of the database objects. That is why in real life, considering certain parameters (risk, priority, etc.) we must ensure that a “reasonably sufficient” test is done.

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SQL Unit testing results with tSQLt

SQL Unit Testing Mocking Stored Procedures

May 8, 2019 by

In this SQL Unit testing article, we will continue our journey with SQL unit testing. In the previous articles of this series (see the TOC at the bottom), we mentioned about SQL unit testing essentials and designing approaches as well and then we reinforce these notions with various tSQLt framework practical examples. In this article, we will continue to learn how to mock stored procedures in the tSQLt framework and we will provide it with two examples.

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tSQLt framework unit test result

SQL unit testing best practices

April 8, 2019 by

SQL unit testing is a testing method which allows us to test the smallest, atomic programmable part of a database object. SQL unit testing plays a key role in the modern database development cycle because it allows us to test individual parts of the database objects work as expected. SQL unit testing adds a great worth to the database project because unit tests are more reliable then manual test methods.

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tSQLt Test Adapter for Visual Studio VSIX Installer

SQL Unit testing with the tSQLt framework and SQL Server Database Project integration

March 25, 2019 by

In the previous article SQL unit testing with the tSQLt framework for beginners in this series, we covered tSQLt framework essentials and installation. we also demonstrated basic SQL unit testing through the tSQLt framework. In this article, we will continue to explore SQL unit testing and we will also discuss the benefits of SQL unit testing. Additionally, we will learn how we can use the tSQLt framework in a SQL Server Database Project.

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SQL Unit testing - - tSQLt extended properties

SQL unit testing with the tSQLt framework for beginners

March 18, 2019 by

tSQLt is a powerful, open source framework for SQL Server unit testing. In this article, we will mainly focus on how to create and run SQL unit testing with help of the tSQLt framework. Before we begin to learn tSQLt framework details, let’s discuss essentials and importance of the database unit testing approach, in general. SQL unit testing is a vital and inseparable part of the modern database development approach and it makes possible to prevent errors before producing the release deployment process. Some database developers are still discussing the needs of the SQL unit testing concept; however, database unit testing is very significant to control and check the behavior of the individual parts of the database. For this reason, we cannot ignore the need to write unit test cases.

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SQL Server Reporting Services - Import Flat File

SSRS Report Builder introduction and tutorial

March 1, 2019 by

The SSRS report builder is a powerful tool for data visualization. In this article, we will take a first step into familiarizing ourselves with the SSRS report builder and we will also demonstrate a very basic SSRS report example. Additionally, we will review the self-service business intelligence approach just because this approach can be implemented through the SSRS report builder very easily.

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