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.

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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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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