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.

Articles
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() 5
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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Jul 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
Jul 1, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
Jun 10, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 26: Using Master Servers for Job Administration

When I initially decided to write about AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, I knew I’d have a bunch of different posts on a variety of different topics. To that end, I initially planned on this series of posts being comprised of 3 main parts:...More
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