If you often need to display the current date in different formats, you know that it can take a lot of code and effort. The FormatDate function changes that. By providing just two parameters, you can display any date in the format you need....More
DBAs and IT managers who support Oracle and SQL Server in the same shop have an opportunity to help make the two work well together. Plus, follow Itzik Ben-Gan cross country, learn about changes to SQL Server 2005 UDFs, and more!...More
The integration of the common language runtime (CLR) in SQL Server 2005 opens up so many new possibilities that a developer might not know where to start. Here are three ways you can start taking advantage of SQL Server 2005's enhancements....More
ADO.NET developers often use T-SQL strings to retrieve data for applications, but poorly written strings can lead to errors. By learning a few techniques, you can provide developers with a code library to use for many common data-access tasks....More
An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences.
It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab. ...More
The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More