Rick Dobson

Rick
Dobson

Rick Dobson is an author, trainer, and Webmaster who specializes in Microsoft databases, Visual Basic.NET, and data-based Web development. He is the author of Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express Database Applications with Visual Basic Express and Visual Web Developer Express (Apress, 2005).

Articles
Making the Most of Login Controls with ASP.NET
ASP.NET 2.0 lets you use Visual Studio login controls with a SQL Server membership provider to dramatically simplify Web-site membership management.
Create Your Own Code Library 1
ADO.NET developers often use T-SQL strings to retrieve data for applications, but poorly written strings can lead to errors. By learning a few techniques, you can provide developers with a code library to use for many common data-access tasks.
Reporting Services 101
Although much excitement surrounded last year's release of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, some SQL Server professionals have put off adopting it. If you're ready to give Reporting Services a try, here's a tutorial that will get you started.
Web Services Made Easy
Let the SQL Sever 2000 Web Services Toolkit turn you into a Web services wizard as you build this sample telephone-directory application.
SQL Server and .NET: A Dynamic Duo 10
SQL Server and the .NET framework make a powerful pair for developing enterprise applications. If you're not familiar with .NET's languages and capabilities, this article's sample Web application can quickly bring you up to speed.
Special MOD XP SQL Server Features
If you're planning to use Access 2002 to build SQL Server 2000 solutions, Microsoft Office XP Developer makes a lot of sense.
Exporting a Table as an XML Document to a Web site 1
Here's an example that shows how to export a table as an XML document to a Web site.
What's New in Access 2002 1
Use this backstage tour of Access 2002's SQL Server-related features to help determine whether the new Access release is what your organization needs.
Views and Stored Procedures
This column looks at the SQL-DMO syntax required to examine and manipulate SQL Server views and stored procedures.
Creating Tables with SQL-DMO
Develop your basic SQL-DMO programming skills by creating tables in Access projects.
SQL-DMO: Learning the Basics 1
SQL-DMO lets you program custom solutions containing administrative functions for SQL Server by exposing objects, methods, properties, and events through a COM interface.
Programming SQL Server Security
You can use SQL-DMO to program a custom security interface.
Homegrown Security Solutions
Using object permissions and user-defined roles, you can fine-tune secure access to database objects.
Securing SQL Server Tables 1
In this second article in a security series, Rick Dobson shows you how to set up SQL Server account security through Access projects.
Access Granted
You can successfully log in to SQL Server from an Access project when you understand login process aspects such as authentication modes and login accounts.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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