Susan Perschke


is the CEO of Spectrum Data Design, a software engineering firm based in Boulder, Colorado. Spectrum is an applications solution provider for government and private industry.

Automate Date/Time Conversions 2
For the many shops still using SQL Server 2000, this extensible, data-driven utility can cure a wealth of date-formatting headaches.
Cookies Crumbling? 5
Manage user Web sessions (and minimize security risks) without cookies, using SQL Server stored procedures, a GUID generator, and URL parameters.
A Recipe for Replacing Session Variables 2
What can you do with one cookie, a couple of stored procedures, and a random number? Cook up a medium-duty replacement for session variables!

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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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