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SQL Server Developer Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Two T-SQL Alternatives For Tracking Changes

In this tip we look at alternatives for helping us track data history for tables involved in configuration and logging.

Overview of Power BI Dashboards and Visualizations in the Cortana Intelligence Suite

Learn more about Power BI dashboards and visualizations in this tip.

Connecting a Java Program to SQL Server

I need to write a Java program to connect to a SQL Server database using Windows authentication and retrieve rows from a SELECT statement. Read this tip to learn how.

Power BI Animated Scatter and Bubble Charts

Power BI has many neat visualizations, and one of the neatest is seeing animations in action. In this tip we cover how to add animation to your Power BI charts.

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

Executing, Configuring and Scheduling SQL Server 2016 Integration Services Packages

Join us in this webinar to learn more about SSIS deployment strategies. This includes parameter configurations to deploy your package seamlessly to multiple environments. We'll also take a look at how to schedule a package, where we can find performance information and how the SSIS catalog supports us during our troubleshooting.

Optimizing and Tuning SQL Server

SQL Server comes with many tools to help optimize and tune performance, such as traces, extended events, execution plans, dynamic management views and more. In order to make the correct changes you need to know what tool to use, how to collect the right data, how to analyze the data and then make the right adjustments. Join us for this free webcast to learn more.

Improve Your SQL Server Auditing with SQL Compliance Manager

Compliance is top of mind for many DBAs, and with SQL Compliance Manager you will be able to comply with regulatory standards. Determine where sensitive data resides, and selectively choose what needs to be audited.

Improving Data Consistency with Models with ER/Studio

In this webcast we will demonstrate several methods for making your data more consistent with data models, including naming standards, data dictionaries, and more.

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