William Sheldon

William
Sheldon

William Sheldon is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic .NET. He's coauthor of Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 (Wrox) and an instructor at University of California, San Diego.

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Debugging Stored Procedures in Visual Studio 2010
Using Visual Studio 2010 to debug SQL Server stored procedures is a feature well worth exploring if you need to have more insight about how a stored procedure is behaving in the context of an application.
Product Review: Visual Studio LightSwitch 2
Although Visual Studio LightSwitch uses the same development environment as other Microsoft .NET development tools, it takes a very different approach to application development.
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Product Review: Telerik RadControls for ASP.NET
If you're looking for ASP.NET rapid application development (RAD) controls, Telerik's RadControls suite is an excellent choice.
Review: ComponentOne OLAP for WinForms
Although this package has the term OLAP in its name, it doesn’t work with multidimensional data.
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New Features in LINQ
LINQ is still a powerful tool for working with SQL Server data and includes new features such as Parallel LINQ (PLINQ) and SharePoint integration.
Using Performance Profiler to Troubleshoot ADO.NET Applications
If you’re a developer but not a DBA, you might find many performance monitoring tools hard to use. Visual Studio 2010’s Performance Profiler can get you the information you need without making you learn to be a DBA.
Sidebar: Creating a Sample Application for Performance Profiler
If you’re a developer but not a DBA, you might find many performance monitoring tools hard to use. Visual Studio 2010’s Performance Profiler can get you the information you need without making you learn to be a DBA.
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Review: DevExpress ASP.NET Controls
This suite of add-ons for Visual Studio will help you quickly populate a grid, chart, or similar ASP.NET web page with data.
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Securing Your SQL Server Environment 3
Locking down your database environment can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to protect your databases by using service accounts and encryption to secure your database files and network.
SQL Scripter 2.0
Create T-SQL scripts to run on target systems for exporting table data to remote clients.
RowGen 2.0
Use RowGen 2.0 to create referentially valid but random sample data that you can use in your test environment.
MDX Queries
Take advantage of your T-SQL skills to learn MDX query basics.
Building a Custom Application with ADOMD.NET
Draw upon your ADO.NET skills to start using ADOMD.NET
Using SQL Server Management Studio 2005 to Build MDX Queries
See how to build an MDX query against a cube.
LINQ to Your SQL Server Data 4
Build efficient queries using LINQ, which is included in Visual Studio 2008.

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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
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
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