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Latest SQL Server Tips

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.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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SQL Server Tutorials

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Basics of Better Data Models

Join us for this webinar to learn some basic mechanics and best practices for creating data models that add value to the business.

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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.

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How to monitor the performance of SQL Server's tempdb system database

Join us for this webcast to learn how to monitor tempdb to improve its performance on-premises and in the cloud with SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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