Ed Pollack

Mapping schema and recursively managing data – Part 2

November 20, 2015 by

Introduction

In Part 1 of this article, we built a case for the benefits of documenting our schema via the use of a stored procedure, as well as the ways this information can be used for DML operations on a relational database. Below, we will continue where we left off by speeding up our SQL queries and then putting everything together so that we can demo a usable script that will hopefully make your life easier!

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Ed Pollack

Mapping schema and recursively managing data – Part 1

November 18, 2015 by

Introduction

In a typical OLTP environment, we want to maintain an acceptable level of data integrity.  The easiest way to do this is through the use of foreign keys, which ensure that the values for a given column will always match that of a primary key in another table.

Over time, as the number of tables, columns, and foreign keys increase, the structure of that database can become unwieldy.  A single table could easily link to thirty others, a table could have a parent-child relationship with itself, or a circular relationship could occur between a set of many tables.

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Brian Bønk Rueløkke

Query Store – the next generation tool for every DBA

November 13, 2015 by

Along with the release of SQL server 2016 CTP 3 now comes the preview of a brand new feature for on premise databases – the Query Store. This feature enables performance monitoring and troubleshooting through the log of executed queries.

This blogpost will cover the following aspects of the Query Store feature:

  • Introduction
  • How to activate it
  • Configuration options
  • What information is found in the Query Store
  • How to use the feature
  • What’s in it for me
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Kenneth M. Nielsen

Using SQL Server 2016 CTP3 in Azure

November 6, 2015 by

As the time of the release of the next version of SQL Server is closing in, the cycle of Community Technical Preview (CTP) releases is shorter and shorter – we are now at CTP3 and the product seems very much mature for release. There is a handful of features not yet implemented, that was on the roadmap – but I bet you the SQL Team will go an extra length to get the features ready for the final release.

This post will show you how to get started with testing/using the newest version of the CTP.

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Priyanka Chouhan

7 Neat tricks to better safeguard a SQL database

November 3, 2015 by

Every organization, whether large or small, imposes some security measures to protect its confidential data. Such data usually includes contract details, project planning reports, employee information, financial account details and more. More often than not, firewalls, anti-viruses, and other data security techniques are applied to keep unauthorized users or programs from accessing such sensitive company data. What most organizations probably fail to recognize is the threat that exists to such information from people within the circle of trust.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to connect our C# application in Azure

October 30, 2015 by

Azure is a simple and cheap way to have a Database. You can rent your Azure Database of 2 GB per 5 USD per month. That is a very cheap price. You can also administer your Database from your Android or your iPhone, which is very interesting.

It is also possible to create your Windows Application using Visual Studio and connect to SQL Azure. In this new chapter, we are going to create Windows application in C# and connect to a SQL Azure database. We are going to retrieve the information of a table stored in Azure in our Windows application.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

Where’s my Team Explorer 2015?

October 28, 2015 by

Introduction

If you have been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for as long as I have, you will recall that just about every release of TFS has always been accompanied by standalone Team Explorer and Team Explorer Everywhere software installers. So you will understand my bewilderment when I couldn’t locate these installers following a successful setup of on-premise (on-prem) TFS 2015 server instance for my employer. After going through every possible link on search engine results relating to “Team Explorer 2015,” I concluded that only Team Explorer Everywhere 2015 was released this time around.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

SQL Server Database Source Control using Visual Studio Online: Git

October 23, 2015 by

Introduction

Source-code versioning control has always been at the core of Continuous Integration (CI) development practice. In fact tools by JetBrains and Microsoft (amongst, many vendors) have provided development teams an ability to implement some form of CI in their Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). In recent years, however, the focus of an effective CI strategy has expanded to include mechanisms of keeping track of database files. The possibility of this gradual expansion has largely been driven by two factors:

  1. Stability and maturity of source control systems such as TFS and Git
  2. Availability of freeware and proprietary tools that make it convenient for data professionals to keep control of their database source code
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Murilo Miranda

AlwaysOn Availability Groups – Curiosities to make your job easier – Part 3

October 9, 2015 by

In continuation to the Availability Groups series, here you have another curiosity coming to make your job easier and help you to provide a solution to your customers 🙂

This time we will be talking about listeners. Basically, we will be talking about the limitation of one listener per Availability Group. If you never tested / tried this, this is what happens when you already have a listener in the Availability Group, and try to create another one:

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to work with Visual Studio and VM databases in Azure

September 24, 2015 by

Introduction

In this new article, we will use Visual Studio to connect to a SQL Server Database Installed in a Virtual Machine in Azure.

Visual Studio is one of the most popular development tools in the world and connecting to Azure with Visual Studio is a very common need.

We will modify an existing SQL Server table in Azure from Visual Studio. Later we will create a stored procedure and finally, we will create an inline table-valued function.

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Murilo Miranda

AlwaysOn Availability Groups – Curiosities to make your job easier – Part 1

September 7, 2015 by

We all love Availability Groups! Since its introduction in the SQL Server 2012, some things changed. In the beginning it was seen as “just a replacement for the database mirroring”, but when we discovered that this would support readable secondary’s, the possibility of having a listener and get rid of the shared storage – even being based on a Failover Cluster – we saw that Availability Groups is a special feature. Read more »

Murilo Miranda

Cloud Witness – A new feature to make our lives easier

September 4, 2015 by

In order to have a well-configured cluster we need to setup the quorum properly, but there’s more…Here is where the Cloud Witness comes to help.

In this article, I’m going to present something that would be very useful if was already been released, but no, I need to anxiously wait for the next version of Windows Server to be released, in order to start implementing this. Even though, I’m going to share with you, SQL Shack reader, why I’m so excited with that small and simple feature.

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Daniel Calbimonte

Using MS Excel to access to a relational SQL Database in Azure

August 14, 2015 by

Introduction

There are great Microsoft tools to access to SQL Server in Azure. However, as a Database Developers and Administrators we need to help the end user to access to the information using a familiar and intuitive interface.

Most of the end users have a good knowledge in MS Excel. That is why it is recommended to connect our SQL Azure database to Excel. That way, the end user will be able to easily create reports, charts and generate useful information.

In this chapter, we will show how to connect to SQL Azure using Microsoft Excel.

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