Mitchel Sellers


Mitchel Sellers is the CEO of IowaComputerGurus, a Microsoft C# MVP, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. He has many years of experience in the software development industry, specializing in development using Microsoft technologies. He focuses on the proper architecture, performance, stability, and overall cost effectiveness of delivered solutions. Sellers is also a regular public speaker, presenting topics at user groups and conferences. He's the author of Professional DotNetNuke Module Programming (Wrox) and many technical articles. A firm believer in development community involvement, Sellers is an active participant in the .NET and DotNetNuke development communities, has been added as a DotNetNuke Core Team member, and frequently spends time answering questions on community forums.

Pivoting the Dynamic Way 2
The PIVOT statement is a great tool for presenting data in an easy-to-read format, but it has one key limitation: You must know about and include all the column names in the PIVOT query. You can work around this limitation with dynamic pivoting.

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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
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
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