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SQL Server Developer Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Using a SQL Server Case Statement for IF/Else Logic

Learn different ways of using the SQL Server CASE statement to simulate if/else logic.

Handling Special Dates For SQL Server Metrics

Learn how to handling special dates for SQL Server metrics by excluding the code in your JOIN logic and PowerShell scripts.

Power BI Native Query and Query Folding

Learn about Power BI Native Query and Query Folding with an example on how to discover and troubleshoot the queries as well as current limitations.

Using Microsoft Query in Excel to Retreive SQL Server Data

Excel is an easy way to retrieve external data from SQL Server. In this tip we look at how to use Microsoft Query to filter the data.

SQL Server Tutorials

SQL Server Backup Tutorial

One of your last lines of defense for just about any system is to have a backup in place in case there is a need to recover some or all of your data. This is also true for SQL Server. In this tutorial we will discuss selecting the correct recovery models, what backup options are available, and how to create backups using T-SQL commands and SQL Server Management Studio.

SQL Server Restore Tutorial

What good is a backup if you do not know to restore the backup. In this tutorial we will look at what restore options are available and which options are only accessible using T-SQL commands.


The INFORMATION_SCHEMA views allow you to retrieve metadata about the objects within a database. These views can be found in the master database under Views / System Views and be called from any database in your SQL Server instance. In this tutorial we look at some of these INFORMATION_SCHEMA views and how they can be used.

SQL Server Performance Monitoring and Tuning Tutorial

In this tutorial we will cover some of the common issues with performance such as: deadlocks, blocking, missing and unused indexes, I/O bottlenecks, poor query plans, statistics, wait stats and fragmentation.

SQL Server Webcasts

Shaping Your Hiring Process to Attract Top Talent

Managers run into various roadblocks when trying to identify, engage, screen and attract quality candidates to join their teams. Itís frustrating when it takes a considerable amount of time to identify strong candidates, and even more frustrating to then lose them during the process.

Keeping the peace with your Sys Admins while Providing SQL Server High Availability

Providing high availability (HA) protection for SQL Server in VMware environments requires teamwork from SQL DBAs, VM Admins, and SAN admins, but each of these roles have different priorities that often put them at odds with each other. Join SQL Server MVP Dave Bermingham as he walks through common use cases that cause conflict between SQL DB Admins and VM Admins when SQL Server HA is involved and how they can be solved.

Simplify SQL Server Job Monitoring and Management

SQL Enterprise Job Manager provides comprehensive monitoring of SQL Server Agent jobs across the entire SQL Server landscape. Whether you have one instance or thousands, SQL Enterprise Job Manager provides an easier way of managing jobs. In this democast see SQL Enterprise Job Manager in action to quickly see what jobs are scheduled to run and when and get up to the minute status information. Quickly view jobs by instance or drill down into specific jobs to see alert settings, upcoming jobs, history details and more.

Explaining SQL Server Execution Plans

In this session, Scott Walz will discuss the value of Execution/Explain Plans and how to use them effectively. He will also show how DBArtisan and DB Optimizer tools can help simplify using Execution Plans and improving database performance.

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