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Esat Erkec

How to use JSON data in Azure Machine Learning

November 9, 2018 by

Azure Machine Learning (also known as Azure ML) is cloud-based machine learning solution of Microsoft. Microsoft Azure Machine Learning is a fully-managed cloud-based service that provides the ability to create and train predictive analytic solutions. Another advantage of Azure ML is that you can access and easily make changes anywhere in machine learning models with help of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio.

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Esat Erkec

How to use JSON data in SSRS

November 6, 2018 by

In this article, we will explore the concept of using JSON data in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). This usage concept will include a different approach than the usual methodologies because we will take advantage of SQL Server R service support.

What is JSON?

JSON is an abbreviation for JavaScriptObjectNotation. The main purpose of JSON data was to provide data transfer between server and web applications for JavaScript but today’s JSON is the most popular data interchange format. JSON offers two advantages to us. These are; light-weight text based format easily readable by humans. Currently, JSON is not only used in JavaScript applications, it is also used in all popular software programing languages like JavaScript, C++, C#, Perl, Java, Python, Php etc.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL date format Overview; DateDiff SQL function, DateAdd SQL function and more

October 31, 2018 by

SQL date format functions like the DateDiff SQL function and DateAdd SQL Function are oft used by DBAs but many of us never took the time to fully understand these extremely useful features. For professionals just getting started with SQL Server, these functions are some of the first to become familiar with. So hopefully this article will have a little something for everyone across the skill spectrum

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Rajendra Gupta
Data truncation error

SQL truncate enhancement: Silent Data truncation in SQL Server 2019

October 31, 2018 by

In this article, we’ll take a look into SQL truncate improvement in SQL Server 2019.

Data inserts and updates are a normal and regular task for the developers and database administrators as well as from the application. The source of the data can be in multiple forms as if direct insert using T-SQL, stored procedures, functions, data import from flat files, SSIS packages etc.

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Ben Richardson

Machine Learning Services – Configuring R Services in SQL Server

October 25, 2018 by

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.

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Prashanth Jayaram

Overview of the SQL Insert statement

October 16, 2018 by

This article on the SQL Insert statement, is part of a series on string manipulation functions, operators and techniques. The previous articles are focused on SQL query techniques, all centered around the task of data preparation and data transformation.

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Prashanth Jayaram

Static and Dynamic SQL Pivot and Unpivot relational operator overview

October 12, 2018 by

In this article, we’ll walk-through the SQL Pivot and SQL Unpivot operators and how they can be useful to transpose SQL Server data. Also, we’ll discuss both static and dynamic ways to use PIVOT and UNPIVOT relational operators that can be used to transform aggregated distinct values as column(s) in the result-set by specifying all the column values in the PIVOT IN clause.

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Prashanth Jayaram

Overview of the SQL Update statement

October 8, 2018 by

In this article, we’ll walk-through the SQL update statement to modify one or more existing rows in the table. 

In order to modify data in a table, we’ll use an Update statement, a DML (data manipulation language) statement. A SQL update statement comes with a SET clause where we define the column-and-value as a pair of items. In addition, you can enforce the conditional clause. In order to limit the number of rows, we’ll need to set up a where clause. The condition is defined in the where clause that identifies what rows to modify in the table.

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Prashanth Jayaram

Overview of the SQL LIKE Operator

October 2, 2018 by

In this article, we are going to learn how to use the SQL LIKE operator, in SQL Server, using regular expressions to find and/or manipulate text. We will start by learning the symbols and basic syntax of using wildcard regular expressions. We will use character sets and repetition expressions to create flexible matching patterns, and along the way, we’ll examine different ways to use the LIKE operator. And then, finally, in the latter part of the section, we will explore some of the most common and most useful regular expression examples.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Substring function overview

September 14, 2018 by

The requirement of data refactoring is very common and vital in data mining operations. In the previous article SQL string functions for Data Munging (Wrangling), you’ll learn the tips for getting started with SQL string functions, including the SQL substring function for data munging with SQL Server. As we all agree that the data stored in one form sometimes require a transformation, we’ll take a look at some common functions or tasks for changing the case of a string, converting a value into a different type, trimming a value, and replacing a particular string in a field and so on.

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Bojan Petrovic

Querying data using the SQL Case statement

September 12, 2018 by

The Case statement in SQL is mostly used in a case with equality expressions. The SQL Case statement is usually inside of a Select list to alter the output. What it does is evaluates a list of conditions and returns one of the multiple possible result expressions.

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SQLShack

Top 50 PowerShell bloggers of 2018

August 31, 2018 by

We made a collection of the most popular PowerShell bloggers, including a link to each individual blog. The ranking is based on Alexa global score.

If your blog is on this list, you can display the ‘Top blogger’ badge on your blog. Please see the bottom of the page for the instructions on how to display the badge on your website

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Prashanth Jayaram

How to set up a DDL and DML SQL Server database transactional replication solution

August 22, 2018 by

In the article How to setup SQL Server database replication for reporting Server we discussed all about setting up a simple SQL Server transactional replication environment. In this article, we’ll simulate a more robust system that replicates faster and includes both DDL and DML statements. We’ll walk-through the steps to setup a dynamic transactional replication.

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Prashanth Jayaram

Overview of the SQLCMD utility in SQL Server

August 13, 2018 by

This article is aimed at helping you understand the sqlcmd utility. Of course, this is a tool most of us have used it at several occasions given that the tool has been around for a decade now. However, to be a solid starting point, this article contains some examples that help you understand the tool from different viewpoints.

This article discusses the following:

  1. How to enable SQLCMD
  2. A few important points to remember
  3. SQLCMD with scripting variables in SSMS
  4. Passing variables (or argument) as T-SQL and or a SQL Script file
  5. SQLCMD with scripting variables and Windows scripting in SSMS
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Timothy Smith

Useful T-SQL techniques for development in SQL Server

July 17, 2018 by

When we’re developing solutions, we can sometimes forget useful commands we can use in T-SQL that make it convenient to remove data, eliminate objects, or carefully remove data. We look at three of these commands with a few examples of where we might consider using them in development, or in rare production cases. While they may offer us speed and convenience in some cases, we also look at some situations where they may not be the best tool to use.

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Timothy Smith

SQL Server – using lowest unit of measurement in T-SQL

July 2, 2018 by

A client recently discovered a discrepancy on one of our reports that showed an improvement in performance metrics but was inaccurate. Our reports came from a software tool, which showed the average performance throughout the day. It derived this number from periodic checks and the frequency changed, which affected our report. When we showed an improvement in the metrics on a report, the client showed us that the frequency change may have impacted this, not necessarily any improvement in performance. In situations where we’re measuring values and comparing them to other values, how can we prevent a change in measurement from impacting our reports? Read more »

Bojan Petrovic

How to implement error handling in SQL Server

June 15, 2018 by

Error handling overview

Error handling in SQL Server give us control over Transact-SQL code. For example when things go wrong we get a chance to do something about it and possibly make it right again. SQL Server error handling can be as simple as just logging that something happened or it could be us trying to fix an error. It can even be translating the error in SQL language because we all know how technical SQL Server error messages could get making no sense and hard to understand. Luckily we have a chance to translate those messages into something more meaningful to pass on to the users, developers, etc.

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