Dan Sawyer

Dan
Sawyer

Dan Sawyer is a QA consultant and trainer who helps organizations test their databases and improve their development and administration practices. Dan is based in Tucson, AZ.

Articles
Automate Your Security Audits 1
Start with this stored procedure for tracking 15 commonly monitored checkpoints--and build on it by adding your own checks.
Build Your Own Automated Security Systems 1
Discover the keys to effective database-security testing: a well–thought-out testing plan, consistent reporting and bug-checking, and the use of scripts to automate testing tasks.
Pep Up T-SQL Procedure Testing 2
Wouldn't it be great to cut the time it takes to unit test T-SQL stored procedures? Well, now you can! You can automate your testing by using nothing more than Query Analyzer and a little T-SQL code. Here's the solution in four easy-to-implement parts.
Integration Testing
Piece by piece, then all together, test your application code by following this simple plan.
Unit-Test Your Stored Procedures 6
You're the one on the front lines; who better to drill your code to peak performance? Here's why and how to put stored procedures through their paces.

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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 4

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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