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Koen Verbeeck

Next Webcast - SQL Server Development Best Practices

Join us for this free webcast and learn things about SQL Server database design, T-SQL development, optimizing for performance, BI development and more.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Tim Ford

SQL Server function to convert integer date to datetime format

In this tip we look at code you can use to convert an integer date into a datetime format. This is an issue you will face when working the history data for SQL Server Agent Jobs.

Author: Tim Ford

Tim Cullen

Determine SQL Server Date and Time Parts with DATEPART and DATENAME Functions

In this tip we look at how to get specific parts of a date using the SQL Server functions DatePart and DateName.

Author: Tim Cullen

Gauri Mahajan

SQL Server and R with dplyr Package Examples for mutate, transmute, summarise, group_by, pipe and filter

In this second part of this tip series we take a look at the dplyr package for R that can be used to query data using the R Language with SQL Server and build data visualizations.

Author: Gauri Mahajan

Artemakis Artemiou

.NET Exception Handling for Database Calls to SQL Server with Try, Catch and Finally

In this tip we will talk about setting up a proper exception handling mechanism for .NET applications that make calls to SQL Server.

Author: Artemakis Artemiou

Rick Dobson

SQL Server Staging Table vs Temp Table

In this tip we look at using permanent SQL Server tables for temporary data storage needs versus using true temporary tables.

Author: Rick Dobson

Joe Gavin

SQL Server Security Functions

Learn about SQL Server functions that can help identify logins, database users, permissions and more with code examples.

Author: Joe Gavin

Greg Robidoux

SQL Server script to rebuild all indexes for all tables and all databases

In this tip we look at a simple script you can use to rebuild all SQL Server indexes for all specified databases.

Author: Greg Robidoux

Daniel Calbimonte

Ways to compare and find differences for SQL Server tables and data

Sometimes we need to compare tables and/or data to know what was changed. This tip shows you different ways to compare SQL Server data, datatypes and tables.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

Daniel Farina

SQL Server Triggers Pros and Cons

In this tip we look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of using triggers in SQL Server.

Author: Daniel Farina

Rick Dobson

SQL Server Common Table Expression vs Temp Table

In this tip we look at how to use Common Table Expressions CTE in SQL Server including the syntax, use cases, using more than 1 CTE at the same time and recursive CTEs with a parameter.

Author: Rick Dobson

Jeremy Kadlec

Centralized SQL Server Job Management with JAMS Job Scheduler

Our company’s entire IT infrastructure is growing rapidly, but our SQL Server environment is growing exponentially faster. My team needs to make sure we have consistency across our SQL Server instances.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Fikrat Azizov

Transfer On-Premises Files to Azure Blob Storage

In this tip I'll explain how to create an Azure Data Factory pipeline to transfer CSV files between an on-premises machine and Azure Blob Storage.

Author: Fikrat Azizov

Tim Smith

Using PowerShell to Encode Files

In this tip we will look at the basics of file encoding, both for reading and writing using PowerShell.

Author: Tim Smith

Rick Dobson

SQL Server Table Variable Example

In this part of the tip series we look at how to use table variables in SQL Server.

Author: Rick Dobson

John Miner

Improve Security with an Azure Service Principal

In this tip we look at how to reduce the surface area that a hacker can attack by using a service principle when working with Azure.

Author: John Miner

Eduardo Pivaral

Creating Dashboard Extensions for Azure Data Studio

In this tip we walk through the steps of how to create a dashboard extension for Azure Data Studio.

Author: Eduardo Pivaral

Greg Robidoux

Simple script to backup all SQL Server databases

In this article we look at how you can automatically backup all of your SQL Server databases with a couple of T-SQL commands.

Author: Greg Robidoux

Edgewood Solutions

Date and Time Conversions Using SQL Server

There are many instances when dates and times don't show up at your doorstep in the format you'd like it to be, nor does the output of a query fit the needs of the people viewing it. One option is to format the data in the application itself. Another opti

Author: Edgewood Solutions

Erica Woods

Resume Cookbook for Technology Job Seekers

We've found that writing a resume continues to be the biggest pain point for job seekers, followed closely by interviewing and effectively applying for positions so your resume gets seen and you get an interview request! In this cookbook, we're excited to

Author: Erica Woods

Siddharth Mehta

SQL Server Substring Function Example with T-SQL, R and Python

In this tip we look at how to use substring functions or similar using T-SQL, R and Python when working with SQL Server.

Author: Siddharth Mehta

Rick Dobson

SQL Server Derived Table Example

In this tip we look at different ways to use derived tables in SQL Server.

Author: Rick Dobson

Rick Dobson

SQL Server Uncorrelated and Correlated Subquery

In this tip we look at building uncorrelated and correlated subqueries to query SQL Server data.

Author: Rick Dobson

Scott Murray

Power BI Personal Bookmarks

In this tip we learn how to setup and use Power BI personal bookmarks.

Author: Scott Murray

Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Database Encryption for GDPR Compliance with DbDefence

Learn about the options for SQL Server Database Encryption for GDPR Compliance including DbDefence.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Pablo Echeverria

How to Copy a Table in SQL Server to Another Database

Learn about options to copy a table from one SQL Server database to another including Linked Servers, PowerShell, Integration Services, backup and restore along with the associated performance metrics and completion time.

Author: Pablo Echeverria

Dinesh Asanka

SQL Server Maintenance Plan Index Rebuild and Reorganize Tasks

In this tip we cover the different options for SQL Sever maintenance plans Index Rebuild and Index Reorganize tasks.

Author: Dinesh Asanka

Koen Verbeeck


In this tip we take a look at the how to use EXISTS and IN when building queries in SQL Server.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Rick Dobson

SQL Server Subquery Example

In this part of the temporary data store tip series we look at using subqueries to select data as well as how to use for inserts, updates and deletes.

Author: Rick Dobson

Gauri Mahajan

Data Exploration and Aggregation with SQL Server and R - Part 1

In this tip we take a look at the dplyr package for R that can be used to query data using the R Language with SQL Server.

Author: Gauri Mahajan

Eric Blinn

SQL Server Backup and Restore History Queries

In this tip we take a look at some of the SQL Server system tables in the msdb database and this can be useful to learn about backups and restores that occurred.

Author: Eric Blinn

Ron L'Esteve

Deploy SQL Database from Azure DevOps with an ARM Template and DACPAC File

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the deployment and management service for Azure. It provides a consistent management layer that enables you to create, update, and delete resources in your Azure subscription to help you keep things consistent.

Author: Ron L'Esteve

Rick Dobson

Local vs Global SQL Server Temporary Tables

In this part of the tips series we look at how to use local and global SQL Server temporary tables.

Author: Rick Dobson

Rick Dobson

Types of SQL Server Temporary Tables

In this series of tips we will look at different ways using temporary data in SQL Server along with examples. In this first part we will cover some reasons for doing this and different types of temporary data stores.

Author: Rick Dobson

Aaron Bertrand

Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My SQL Server Career

In this tip I want to point out a few of the concepts that I wish I had spent more time researching earlier on in my SQL Server career and provide my reasoning and some links to further reading.

Author: Aaron Bertrand

Alejandro Cobar

Find SQL Server MSDB Database Size and Largest Table Across SQL Server Instances

Check out this PowerShell script that will help identify size of the MSDB database as well as the largest table in the database across all of your instances to make decisions on the needed SQL Server maintenance.

Author: Alejandro Cobar

Daniel Farina

How to Create, Modify or Drop a SQL Server Trigger

Check out the step by step examples to learn the syntax to create, alter or delete a SQL Server Triggers for insert, update and delete conditions.

Author: Daniel Farina

Greg Robidoux

Change Not For Replication Value for SQL Server Identity Columns

In this tip we look at how to change the SQL Server setting for a tables identity column to not for replication for existing tables.

Author: Greg Robidoux

Tim Ford

How to Find Keywords in SQL Server Stored Procedures and Functions

In this tip we look at different ways to search SQL Server system objects to find specific strings within stored procedures, triggers, functions and more.

Author: Tim Ford

Douglas P. Castilho

Rolling up multiple rows into a single row and column for SQL Server data

I need way to roll-up multiple rows into one row and one column in SQL Server. 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.

Author: Douglas P. Castilho

Siddharth Mehta

How to Create a Burndown Chart in Excel from Scratch

In this tip we look at how we can create a burn down chart using Microsoft Excel. This could be further developed to pull in data from SQL Server to automate the chart creation.

Author: Siddharth Mehta

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