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() 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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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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