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September 5, 2002—In this issue:
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2. SQL SERVER NEWS AND VIEWS
- Results of Previous Instant Poll: Notification Services
- New Instant Poll: Beta Test Participation
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Do you have a passion for technology? Do you enjoy helping the technical community you work in? Have you wanted to participate in a SQL Server beta program but don't know how to get involved? You can serve your passion and your community by nominating yourself for consideration as a beta tester for one or two of the SQL Server beta programs currently seeking participants. Just visit the SQL Server beta registration page. These beta programs are slated to close in September, so get cracking if you're interested in beta testing SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) or SQL Server 2000 64-bit Beta 2 (code-named Liberty).
A SQL Server beta coordinator tells me that these betas are shaping up to be some of the best Microsoft has offered. These programs offer better interaction with the product team, access to detailed technical information about the product that might not otherwise be publicly available, and of course, freebies to the most active beta participants.
Michael O'Connor, a program manager with the SQL Server beta team, is especially excited about the SP3 beta, scheduled to start in mid- to late September. "It's almost time for the newest service pack for SQL Server 2000, and you don't want to be caught unprepared for this one," O'Connor says. "In addition to the normal QFE fixes, the top service pack requests from our PSS organization, and the latest security fixes, this service pack will be shipping with MDAC 2.7 SP1."
If you're more interested in beta 2 of the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2000, Microsoft, which released beta 1 last February, has some information for you. Liberty Beta 2, scheduled to start in late September, will incorporate all the updates of SQL Server 2000 SP3 and will be optimized for the newest addition to Intel's Itanium processor family: the Itanium 2 processor. If you've been considering moving to the 64-bit platform, the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2000 is what you need to begin building and testing your mission-critical applications on.
The SQL Server development team relies on feedback from beta testers to ensure a quality release, so your participation in beta-testing programs can make a significant difference in a product's development. Not feeling philanthropic? How about this for motivation: Regular and active beta testers have many opportunities to develop personal relationships with senior members of the SQL Server development teams. Contacts in Redmond can be worth their weight in gold when you've got a problem to solve. Need a bit more icing on the cake? The most active beta testers for current SQL Server beta programs will be first on the list to participate in beta testing for the Yukon beta when it ships sometime next year.
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2. SQL SERVER NEWS AND VIEWS
The voting has closed in SQL Server Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Are you using Notification Services for SQL Server?" Here are the results (+/- 1 percent) from the 234 votes:
- 17% Yes
- 13% Not yet, but I plan to
- 55% No, but I'm interested in learning more about it
- 15% No, and I'm not interested
The next Instant Poll question is, "Which SQL Server beta tests are you planning to participate in?" Go to the SQL Server Magazine Web site and submit your vote for 1) SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3), 2) SQL Server 2000 64-bit Beta 2, 3) Both of the above, or 4) None of the above.
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A couple of SQL Server programming students tackled an interesting puzzle recently. In their production system, the students work with various financial applications that must apply interest rates or indexes to monetary values such as deposits. The students had a specific problem relating to this system and wondered whether it had a set-based T-SQL solution. The answer is: of course! In "The T-SQL Banker," Itzik Ben-Gan explores a generalized version of the problem the students presented so that you can adjust the solution to your organization's needs. This article appears in the September 2002 issue of SQL Server Magazine and is available online at
Reena has a text field in which users can add new data but can't modify existing data. She wants to add a timestamp each time a user enters data into the field, but in her current setup, the timestamp doesn't always display in the same area. For example, sometimes the timestamp appears above the newly added case history, and sometimes it appears at the top of the entire case-history list. Offer your advice and read other users' suggestions on the SQL Server Magazine forums at the following URL:
(contributed by Brian Moran, email@example.com)
Q. My SQL Server Profiler doesn't seem to be correctly processing SQL:StmtCompleted events. SQL Server Books Online (BOL) says that SQL:StmtCompleted will capture SQL statements as they execute within the body of a stored procedure. However, my system isn't capturing SQL statements within a procedure. What's wrong?
A.The behavior of SQL Server 2000's SQL:StmtCompleted event capture changed when Microsoft released Service Pack 1 (SP1). Without SP1, the SQL:StmtCompleted event captures execution of SQL statements within a procedure, and you don't need to set the SP:StmtCompleted event. SQL Server 2000 SP1 and later require you to set the SP:StmtCompleted event to capture the execution of individual statements within a procedure, and the SQL:StmtCompleted event no longer captures execution of statements within a procedure. For a complete explanation of this change, see the Microsoft article "FIX: Incorrect Behavior in SQL Server Profiler Event Generation" at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q286119. Also, the updated version of BOL, which is available at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/productdoc/2000/books.asp, correctly says that in SQL Server 2000 SP1 and later, you have to set SP:StmtCompleted to capture events within a procedure.
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LockwoodTech Software announced SQLClean 2.0, software that helps you determine which tables and views in your database you're using. SQLClean also analyzes the database to see what internal references exist between SQL objects. The software can then generate a file of SQL DROP statements to clean your database of useless objects. You can create file-search patterns to analyze all files of a particular language or project. Part of the SQL Developer Pack, which also includes Proc-Blaster, Auto-Audit, and Auto-Inserts, SQLClean starts at $958. Contact LockwoodTech Software at email@example.com.
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