Aveek Das
Default Masking

Understanding Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server

April 2, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to explain the Dynamic Data Masking feature in SQL Server. As it goes by the name, Dynamic Data Masking is one of the security features that was introduced in SQL Server 2016. In an ever-growing digital era, the security of ones’ data has become one of the most important and expensive deals. Everyone expects their data to be protected as their own asset and like to treat it with the highest efficiency possible.

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Emil Drkusic
SQL Examples - the data model we'll use in the article

Learn SQL: SQL Query examples

March 31, 2020 by

In the previous article we’ve practiced SQL, and today, we’ll continue with a few more SQL examples. The goal of this article is to start with a fairly simple query and move towards more complex queries. We’ll examine queries you could need at the job interview, but also some you would need in real-life situations. So, buckle up, we’re taking off!

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Rajendra Gupta
Title in Power BI Desktop

Scroller visual for Stock price movements in Power BI Desktop

March 31, 2020 by

In the article, Candlestick chart for stock data analysis in Power BI Desktop, we explored Power BI Desktop to analyze stock prices. If you follow the stock market, you might have noticed a ticker (similar to the following image) showcasing stock prices and changes since the last close price. It shows an up and down indicator depending upon the positive or negative change in the stock price.

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Aveek Das
Selecting Data

Introduction to Row-Level Security in SQL Server

March 31, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to discuss Row-Level Security in SQL Server. RLS or Row-Level Security as the name suggests is a security mechanism that restricts the records from a SQL Server table based on the authorization context of the current user that is logged in. This means the records from the tables are displayed based on who the user is and to which records do the user has access to. This is usually done to allow specific users to have access to their data only without permission to view other users’ data.

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Aveek Das
Cube Data Model

Introduction to Many-to-Many Relationships in SSAS

March 26, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to explain what many-to-many relationships in SSAS are and how to implement the same in a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) project. For the sake of this article, we will only consider the Multidimensional Cube and not the Tabular. Also, this article assumes that you have some fair knowledge of building SSAS cubes from scratch.

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Hadi Fadlallah
Class hierarchy for the data flow engine in EzApi

Biml alternatives: Building SSIS packages programmatically using EzAPI

March 26, 2020 by

In the previously published article, Biml alternatives: Building SSIS packages programmatically using ManagedDTS, we talked about building SSIS packages using the managed object model of the SSIS engine (ManagedDTS). In this article, we will illustrate another Biml alternative, which is the EzApi class library, and we will make a comparison between both technologies.

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Hadi Fadlallah
The control flow of the package created using ManagedDTS

Biml alternatives: Building SSIS packages programmatically using ManagedDTS

March 25, 2020 by

In the previously published articles in this series, we have explained how to use Biml to create and manage SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages. In this article, we will talk about the first alternative of this markup language which is the Integration Services managed object model (ManagedDTS and related assemblies) provided by Microsoft.

In this article, we will first illustrate how to create, save and execute SSIS packages using ManagedDTS in C#, then we will do a small comparison with Biml.

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Esat Erkec
Listing temporary tables in tempdb database

How to drop temp tables in SQL Server

March 23, 2020 by

Temporary tables, also known as temp tables, are widely used by the database administrators and developers. However, it may be necessary to drop the temp table before creating it. It is a common practice to check whether the temporary table exists or not exists. So, we can eliminate the “There is already an object named ‘#temptablename’ in the database” error during the temporary table creation.

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Aveek Das
Managing the Data Gateway

Setting up Power BI Data Gateway

March 19, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to explain what a Power BI Data Gateway is and how to set it up. I’ll also cover the underlying architecture that the gateway uses and how to manage on-premise data using the Data Gateway.

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Nisarg Upadhyay
Query editor window

How to install MySQL database server 8.0.19 on Windows 10

March 19, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain the step by step installation process of MySQL database server 8.0.19. MySQL is open-source, cross-platform relational database management server developed by Swedish company “MySQL AB” and later acquired by Oracle corporation. MySQL is offered as an open-source MySQL community server edition and enterprise server edition. In this article, I am going to install the MySQL Community server edition.

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