James T. Stanley

James T.
Stanley

James T. Stanley is the director of research and development at PTECH, a document management software developer in Muncie, Indiana. He's written articles for Visual Basic Programmer's Journal and Inside VB and spoken at PASS Europe 2000. His SQL Server specialties include server-side COM automation and nontraditional data structure modeling.

Articles
Using sp_DisplayOAErrorInfo
SQL Server's sp_OAGetErrorInfo stored procedure provides all the information you need to pass up to your application's middle and client tiers when an error occurs.
Data Type Conversion
T-SQL's data types don’t map one-to-one with data types in other programming languages.
Extend SQL Server with COM Automation 1
Use SQL Server’s built-in COM automation environment to automate COM objects from within stored procedures and integrate SQL Server with other systems.

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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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