Burton Roberts

Burton
Roberts

Burton Roberts is an independent consultant and an active member of the Pittsburgh SQL Server User’s Group. He is an MCP and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

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On Target with ADO.NET 1
Trying to keep up with changing data in your reports? You can provide variable-width crosstab reports by using dynamic SQL. But ADO.NET's relational features provide a more flexible, efficient, and secure solution.
Turning Strings into Tables 1
A reader shares a tip for using fn_Split() to create a table-valued function that transforms row- and column-delimited strings into tables.
Treat Yourself to Fn_Split() 4
This copycat UDF, created in the image of VB's Split() function, helped the author parse thousands of query lines and emulate variable-length parameter arrays

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