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SQL Server Developer Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Refactor SQL Server scalar UDF to inline TVF to improve performance

This tip will recommend an option to improve SQL Server query performance when using a scalar UDF, by replacing it with a TVF.

Implement a Comment Based Help Framework via CLR Stored Procedure

Learn how to implement a comment based help framework for database objects (stored procedures, views, user defined functions, etc.) via a SQL Server CLR stored procedure.

List Dependencies for SQL Server Foreign Keys

Learn a quick overview of SQL Server Foreign Keys, how to enumerate all foreign key constraints for a database and how to enumerating foreign key constraints for a designated referenced table.

Advanced Use of the SQL Server ORDER BY Clause

Learn the advanced use of the SQL Server ORDER BY clause including random data, offset and fetch, calculate the median, case statement and row_number with partition.

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

The Evolution of the Database Administrator

Today’s DBA wears many hats. They are asked to monitor, maintain, diagnose and tune database environments and often need to expand these tasks to multiple database platforms. In this session we will discuss the evolution of database platforms and the emergence of new database technologies and how this impacts the role of Today’s DBA.

The Essential SQL Server Administration Toolset

A comprehensive range of software tools is essential for completing common database administration tasks. In this webcast we will cover SQL Admin Toolset which provides 24 essential tools to diagnose, analyze, and administer SQL Server instances.

Monitoring SQL Server

Attend this webcast to learn about how to properly monitor your SQL Server environment. Collecting the right data with the right tools without taking down the server you're monitoring.

Untangle TempDB Performance with SQL Diagnostic Manager

Attend this webcast to learn how SQL Diagnostic Manager can help monitor and improve TempDB performance.

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