Rich Rollman

Rich
Rollman

Rich Rollman is vice president of engineering at DataConcert. He is the former lead program manager for XML at Microsoft, where he was responsible for SQL Server’s XML functionality and XML core technologies, including the parser, object model, and schema language.

Articles
Duplicating Virtual Directories
If you use SQLXML in your development environment and need to transfer projects between computers, here’s a handy script that quickly duplicates your virtual directories.
Overcoming OpenXML Hangups 1
Before you put OpenXML to work inserting, updating, and deleting data in a real-world application, you need to fix a couple of glitches.
Web Services in Action
Now you can use Microsoft’s SOAP Toolkit 2.0 and the WSDL to create a Web Service that easily expands the volume of data you send your customers across platforms.
Creating a Web Service 2
Web services is the hot new topic for the Internet. Find out how to use them to access your SQL Server databases.
Selecting XML Technologies for Queries and Updates 1
What are the best technologies for obtaining XML query results and updating SQL Server? Rich Rollman describes nine cutting-edge alternatives.
Using XML Bulk Load to Load ADO-Generated XML Data
Have you hit a brick wall trying to use XML Bulk Load to upload ADO-generated data? Try this nifty solution.
Converting from XSL to XSLT and the context() Operator
If you're converting from XSL to XSLT, you'll find that the context() operator is no longer valid. This Q&A shows you how to work around that omission.
XSL to XSLT: Terminology and Background
Learn background information about XSL and its trip through the wilds of becoming a standard.
Getting Around an XML Bulk Load Bug That Truncates Data Without Notification
To prevent XML Bulk Load from truncating your data without notice, you can use SAX2 validation with XML Schema mapping schemas to ensure that only data of the correct type is loaded into your database.
Using the sql:max-depth Attribute for Schemas with Recursive Elements
SQL Server 2000 doesn't support recursive queries. However, by using the new sql:max-depth annotation, you can easily generate recursive hierarchies without the complexity of building a FOR XML EXPLICIT query.
Using Sql:nullvalue to Pass NULL Parameters to Stored Procedures
Rich Rollman has a solution for a reader who wants to use an XML template to pass parameters to a stored procedure.
Using Updategrams to Store Data in an Image Column
Rich Rollman explains why a reader can’t insert data into an image-type column by using default mapping and a parameterized updategram.
Using XML Bulk Load to Invoke a Stored Procedure 2
Rich Rollman shows a reader an XML Bulk Load work-around for calling a stored procedure.
Detecting and Processing Errors in XML Queries and Updategrams
Rich Rollman describes three techniques for detecting updategram errors.
Converting XDR Schemas to XSD
Rich Rollman helps a reader move XDR schemas to the new XSD.

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Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
Jul 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
Jul 1, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
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