Monthly Archives: May 2015

Statistical Analysis

I ran across a book recently that is written to address some of the statistical issues the author has found in many scientific papers. It’s beenĀ released online for free, but if you like it and would like a more portable … Continue reading

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The Hidden Patterns in Data

There’sĀ a great TED talk on statistics, and one I’d recommend you watch. However, it’s not so much the topic and data presented, but the way in which it’s presented and broken down that becomes interesting. If we ignore the topic, … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Tally Table

I was reading Dwain Camps’ article on Time Slots and thought it was a very interesting solution to a problem I’ve had a few times. Getting time slots inside of a period that I want to query. If you have … Continue reading

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Who Am I?

I saw Brent Ozar updating his About Me slide, and thought it was interesting. Not sure if I like what he’s done, but it’s different, which usually attracts attention. I updated mine last year, with some help from the people … Continue reading

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Changing NULL to NOT NULL – Dealing with Data

I wrote recently on how to alter a column in SQL Server from NULL to NOT NULL in a simple way. However I didn’t cover some of the cases where you have data in the column, or other restrictions that … Continue reading

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Unit Testing in Philadelphia

I’m helping teach a pre-conference session on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Microsoft office in Philadelphia. This is an all day, paid for event, that looks at how you can use a framework to write unit tests for your … Continue reading

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Native Audits

As our databases contain more and more information, it is becoming increasingly more common to implement some sort of auditing feature to ensure that our data is not being inappropriately accessed or altered. It’s not only the management of our … Continue reading

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DB_Owner Querying for Database Options

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. What can a user with the db_owner database role do? I assumed anything inside of the database (create/alter objects, … Continue reading

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Naming Confusion

When I first worked in a corporation that had many servers, I had to learn the encoding of our systems. We had SUIS01, SUIS02, NAIS01, NAOP01, etc. Each name designated a location and department, but no information as to what … Continue reading

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Controlling Alerts

None of us likes to be on call for our organizations. Late night phone calls, especially for something silly like adding a new user to a system or rebooting a machine, can make for irritable employees in the morning. Too … Continue reading

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