Pinalkumar Dave


Pinalkumar Dave is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, mentor for Solid Quality India, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has written more than 1,500 articles on his blog at He is a dynamic and proficient principal database architect, corporate trainer, and project manager, who specializes in SQL Server programming and has seven years of hands-on experience. He holds a Master of Science degree and several certifications, including MCTS, MCDBA, and MCAD (.NET). He is also Regional Mentor for PASS Asia.

Sharpen Your SQL Server Skills
Pick up 7 basic query analysis rules from Dave.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 May 2008
Discover the difference between Windows Authentication Mode and Mixed Mode, and learn the names and uses of installed system databases.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 Mar 2008 1
Get answers to your questions about SQL Server 2005 Surface Area Configuration tools that can help you protect the SQL Server surface area from security breaches perpetrated by unauthorized users or applications.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 Feb 2008 4
More answers to DBAs' questions. What’s the difference between dividing an integer with NULL or zero, or between a unique constraint and a primary key constraint, or between decimal and numeric data types? And how do you retrieve random rows from a table?
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 25 Jan 2008 5
Server backup doesn’t have to be complex. With these simple commands you can perform full, transaction log or incremental, differential, and file backups. Plus you’ll learn commands for recovering files and when to do a tail-log backup.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 20 Nov 2007 4
DBAs get answers to basic Structured Query Language (SQL) questions on the difference between FILLFACTOR = 0 and FILLFACTOR = 100; ISNULL and NULLIF; clustered index and nonclustered index; % used as wildcard and % used as operator; TRUNCATE and DELETE.
Sharpen Your Skills: Joins, Groupings, and Data Types
Learn the difference between UNION and UNION ALL; INNER JOIN and OUTER JOIN; DISTINCT and GROUP BY; NVARCHAR, VARCHAR, and CHAR; and timestamp and GETDATE().
Sharpen Your Skills: Routines and Clauses 1
SQL Server often features several ways to do the same or similar tasks. To select the best technique for the job, you need to understand the differences.

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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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