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A More Versatile SQL Server Random Number Function
When I use the RAND() function as a column in a SELECT statement, the same value is returned for every row. In this tip we show how to return a random value for each row.
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Rolling up multiple rows into a single row and column for SQL Server data
I need a way to roll-up multiple rows into one row and one column. I know I can roll-up multiple rows into one row using Pivot, but I need all of the data concatenated into a single column in a single row. In this tip we look at a simple approach to accomplish this.
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Improving SQL Server Performance by Writing Faster T-SQL Code
Stored procedures and functions are the mainstay of SQL Server coding. In this session you will learn techniques to locate problematic code and to improve the performance of procedures and functions.

Step one is to discover where the time is going using standard server traces, code that analyzes the trace, and the new SQL Server Extended Events. Once we know where the time is going we will look at strategies to improve performanc
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