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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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
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