Database development

Aveek Das
Docker Desktop for Mac Download

How to set up and run SQL Server Docker image

April 28, 2021 by

In this article, I am going to discuss in-depth setting up docker and running a SQL Server Docker image. SQL Server, as you might already be aware that it is one of the most popular relational database technologies in today’s world. SQL Server is widely used in various applications that support transactional and analytical workloads. Docker, on the other hand, is a containerization technology using which you can bundle your applications within a container and distribute them. Docker helps users to build applications independent of the underlying operating system. We will learn more about Docker and using the SQL Server Docker image in this article.

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Aveek Das
Using the PGAdmin Management Tool

Setting up a PostgreSQL Database on Mac

April 23, 2021 by

In this article, I am going to discuss different ways in which you can install and setup Postgres Database on a Mac. Postgres is an open-source relational database system that can be used to develop a wide variety of data-based applications. Postgres has been popular for analytical workloads as well since it has support for column-store index and in-memory storage as well. Postgres is also available on all the major public cloud services like AWS, Azure, and GCP. In order to use those services, it is recommended that you should also have them installed on your local machine before deploying your databases to the cloud directly.

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Aveek Das
Stored Procedure for moving data

Advanced usages of Data-Tier applications

February 12, 2021 by

In this article, I am going to explain some of the advanced usages of data-tier applications in Visual Studio. In my previous article, Working with Database Projects, I have explained how you can start building your database applications for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database using Visual Studio. This article will specifically focus on using SQLCMD variables and Publish Profiles of the Data-Tier Application development. For a better understanding, I would recommend reading the previous article and it will help to clear the basic concepts.

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Aveek Das
Create table using Design Pane

Working with Database Projects

January 22, 2021 by

In this article, I am going to talk about developing and deploying a database project, also known as a data-tier application using Visual Studio. In my previous article Getting started with Data-Tier Applications using Visual Studio, I have provided an overview of the data tier applications and how can we create one using Visual Studio. This article is a follow-up to the previous article. I’d advise you to have a look at it before proceeding forward with this as this is a continuation of the previous. For the article, I would be using Visual Studio 2019, however, you are free to use any other versions of Visual Studio.

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Aveek Das
Selecting Target Platform

Getting started with Data-Tier applications in Visual Studio

January 15, 2021 by

In this article, I am going to talk about creating a data-tier application using Visual Studio. In my previous article An introduction to Data-Tier applications in SQL Server, I have explained in detail what a data-tier application is all about. I have explained what the different types of data-tier applications are available and how can we create such applications from existing SQL Server databases. In this article, the primary focus would be to create data-tier applications from scratch using Visual Studio. For this article, I am going to use Visual Studio 2019, however, the technique will remain similar for other editions of SQL Server as well.

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Aveek Das
Creating job step for OLAP Cube

Advanced Usages of SQL Server Agent

January 8, 2021 by

In this article, I am going to introduce some advanced usages of the SQL Server Agent service in Microsoft SQL Server. In my previous article, Introduction to SQL Server Agent, I have discussed in detail how to use the service and the various components related to the service. To recap briefly, the SQL Server Agent is a job scheduler service within SQL Server and allows us to schedule T-SQL scripts, SSIS jobs, automate database backups and other tasks etc. In the last article, I have shown how to schedule a simple T-SQL script using the SQL Server Agent. This article will focus more on advanced concepts like scheduling a package in SSIS and processing an OLAP cube.

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Esat Erkec
How to read a file of JSON in SQL Server with OPENJSON function

How to parse JSON in SQL Server

September 15, 2020 by

In this article, we will learn how to parse and query JSON in SQL Server with the help of the OPENJSON function. Firstly, we will briefly look at the data structure of the JSON and then we will learn details of the parsing and querying JSON data using the OPENJSON function.

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Hadi Fadlallah
Download Manticore search for Windows 64-bit

Manticore search: a continuation of the Sphinx search engine

September 14, 2020 by

In this article, we will be talking about Manticore Search, which is an open-source search engine first released in 2017 as a fork of the Sphinx search engine. We will try to describe this search engine briefly, mention some of its differences from the Sphinx search engine, and we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to build full-text indexes from SQL Server databases. Finally, we will show how to connect to the Manticore engine from the SQL Server management studio using a linked server object. In our previously published articles in this series, we talked briefly about the Sphinx search engine and how to create full-text indexes from SQL Server databases.

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Aveek Das
Power BI Report

Working with Power BI Data Models in Visual Studio Code

July 30, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to introduce the Tabular Object Model (TOM) in the Power BI Data Model and provide an understanding of how this model can be accessed outside of the Power BI environment. For more info about the Tabular Object Model in the Power BI Data Model, please read this article. In this tutorial, we are going to use the Visual Studio Code to simply write a dotnet console application and try to access the Tabular Object Model from the Power BI file. With the help of this knowledge, programmers and BI developers can not only view the underlying model in the Power BI Data Model but also can enhance the data model programmatically by writing a few lines of code. It can also be further improved by automating the creation of the Power BI models with the help of the Tabular Object Model library in dotnet.

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