Itzik Ben-Gan

Itzik
Ben-Gan

Itzik Ben-Gan is a contributing editor to SQL Server Pro and a cofounder of SolidQ. He teaches, lectures, and consults internationally. He's a SQL Server MVP and is the author of several books about T-SQL, including Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions (Microsoft Press).

Check out Itzik's Puzzled by T-SQL blog.
Twitter: @ItzikBenGan

Articles
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Optimization Tips for Multiple Range Predicates, Part 1
Multiple range predicates can be the source of query performance problems. Itzik presents some tips for optimizing your solutions.
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T-SQL Interval Graphs Challenge, Part 2 1
In Part 2 of this article, Itzik Ben-Gan uses T-SQL to provide the complete solution to an interval packing problem related to drug prescriptions modeled as interval graphs.
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T-SQL Interval Graphs Challenge, Part 1
Itzik Ben-Gan uses T-SQL to find an efficient solution to an interval packing problem related to drug prescriptions modeled as interval graphs.
Identifying a Subsequence in a Sequence, Part 2 4
Itzik Ben-Gan explores three set-based T-SQL solutions to find the best approach for identifying a subsequence within a sequence.
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Identifying a Subsequence in a Sequence, Part 1 7
Itzik Ben-Gan explores several iterative T-SQL solutions to find the best approach for identifying a subsequence within a sequence.
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Divide and Conquer Halloween
Query plans of T-SQL solutions based on the Decrease and Conquer algorithm contain extra work to deal with Halloween protection. Itzik presents an alternative generic pattern that removes the need for Halloween protection.
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Intervals and Counts, Part 4
Learn how to compute the count of active intervals at the beginning of every fixed interval.
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Intervals and Counts, Part 3
Many types of tasks involve handling date and time intervals and computing related counts. Learn how to compute the maximum count of concurrent sessions during every fixed interval within a certain input period.
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T-SQL Querying and Query Tuning Full-Day Seminar at IT/Dev Connections in Vegas, Sept. 30
Join me for a full-day workshop about T-SQL querying and query tuning improvements in the last major releases of SQL Server (2012, 2008 and 2005).
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Intervals and Counts, Part 2
Itzik presents an improved solution to last month's task using the APPLY operator for computing counts during discrete intervals, as well as a solution for computing counts during discrete intervals including packing logic.
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Intervals and Counts, Part 1
Learn how to identify discrete intervals and counts of overlapping source intervals.
Interval Queries in SQL Server 2
Interval-related queries tend to perform very inefficiently in SQL Server. Itzik presents an ingenious solution based on the Relational Interval Tree (RI-tree) model.
Unwanted T-SQL Expression Failures 1
Itzik discusses expression failures in T-SQL queries and presents a proposal to Microsoft for a new T-SQL feature called TRY_EXPRESSION that would provide a more general solution for preventing expression failures.
COALESCE vs. ISNULL
Some differences between the COALESCE and ISNULL functions make COALESCE preferable, whereas others make ISNULL preferable. Learn the differences, to make an educated decision about which to use.
Copying Data with Dependencies 2
Itzik uses a simple generic data model to demonstrate how to copy data from one set of related tables to another, including dependent rows, while preserving the correct relationships between the rows.

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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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