Robert Sheldon


Robert Sheldon has written numerous books and articles about Windows technologies, database systems, business intelligence, scripting, enterprise operations, and consumerization. His books include Beginning MySQL (Wiley) and SQL: A Beginner’s Guide (McGraw-Hill). Visit his website.

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5 Tips for Developing SQL Server Integration Services Packages
These five tips help you avoid a few frustrations that might arise when developing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages so you keep your development efforts moving forward.
Accessing SQL Server Data from PowerShell, Part 2 1
Because PowerShell is integrated with the.NET framework, you can leverage the .NET object model within PowerShell scripts and build ADO.NET objects that retrieve SQL Server data; learn how to use ADO.NET to insert, update, and delete SQL Server data.
Accessing SQL Server Data from PowerShell, Part 1 1
Learn how to use ADO.NET to retrieve SQL Server data through PowerShell scripts.
Integrate MySQL and SQL Server 1
Need to retrieve MySQL data and insert it into a SQL Server database? SQL Server Integration Services and MySQL connectors let you do so fairly easily.

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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
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
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