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This article summerizes my experience using Solid State Disk boards with SQL Server. The performance can be impressive for the right loads.
This article presents a stored procedure for convenient reporting of the space consumed by each table. It's uses sp_spaceused to compatibility but includes the schema so that like named tables can be distinguished.
This is an SQL Server enhancement request that suggests a new type of UDF to improve the performance of many scalar UDFs. An extract of Chapter 11 of Transact-SQL User-Defined Functions and a sample script are included.
This article shows a comment on the User Defined Aggregate article by Joe Celko and an additional aggregate, bit-wise OR, implemented in SQL.
SQL Server 2005 allows the creation of User Defined Aggregates in VB.Net or C#. This article shows how to create a Product aggregate using the Beta of Visual Studio 2005
When discipline is in short supply it may be better to turn to automation to eliminate problems. That's just what happened when this program and SQL Agent Job were created. The program creates a label in Visual SourceSafe every day. The SQL Agent Job is used to make sure it happens every day.
There is good news. Using a reusable library designed to support WinForms applications and a code generator for business objects I've been able to achieve very high programmer productivity. This article shows how and highlights the numbers.
This is the first of two articles about how to create stored procedures to implement the Create, Read, Update, and Delete operations (CRUD ) in SQL Server. The article concentrates on the rational behind using stored procedures and discusses the technical issues particular to SQL Server.
The second of two articles about how to create stored procedures to implement the Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD) operations in SQL Server. It concentrates on supporting features of SQL Server, such as timestamps, computed columns, identity columns, and defaults.
InfoPath is an exciting new application that's part of the soon to be released Office 2003 product from Microsoft. This article shows how to connect an InfoPath form to a SQL Server database. The benefit of connecting the two packages is the ability to create a user interface for SQL Server very quickly. The user also gets the ability to work offline and to use the features of Office, such as spell checking.
Reading and writing to the disk is the heart of what any database management system does, SQL Server included. Input/Output (I/O) performance can make or break an application. This article discusses the diagnostic tools that can be used to examine SQL Server's I/O statistics so that you can make fact-based judgments about disk configurations. It also builds a solution that makes it easy to gather I/O statistics at peak use times every day.
The SQL Profiler is a great tool for monitoring and analyzing SQL Server Performance. I use it to watch the detailed actions of a stored procedure, trigger or user-defined function (UDF). It can also be used to monitor aggregate performance of an entire SQL Server instance, a single database, or to isolate performance problems. When you are interested in overall performance, using SQL Profiler over time, by that I mean every day, improves your knowledge of your system and its performance characteristics and provides the information you need to spot trends and changes of behavior. This article shows how to create traces using T-SQL scripts and how to use a trace script to monitor your system ever day during peak usage hours.
This article discusses the reasons that SQL Server decides to recompile a stored procedure and demonstrates techniques that can be used to minimize recompilation. If your system makes extensive use of stored procedures, minimizing recompilation can give you a performance boost.
SQL Server recompiles stored procedures when necessary. This article describes the conditions that will cause a stored procedure recompile and shows you how to monitor the recompilation process. You can also see a video showing how to use Windows Performance Monitor to identify aggregate recompilation statistics and one about how to use the SQL Profiler to see the recompilation details.
Discusses the reasons that SQL Server recompiles a stored procedure and demonstrates techniques to minimize recompilation. If your system uses stored procedures, minimizing recompilation can give you a nice boost in performance.
Shows how to use Indexed Views to improve performance of SQL Server queries.
All SQL server 2000 instances should be upgraded to SP3. But upgrading causes a problem with SP's that use xp_cmdshell. The article shows the problem and how to fix it.
SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 includes a new system UDF, fn_get_sql. This article show you how it works and demonstrates how to use it as an aid in diagnosing a blocking situation. You can also see a video of the demonstration scripts in action.
Service Pack 3 is essential to protecting all SQL Server instances. However, once installed, your procedures that use xp_cmdshell may no longer work. This article explains why and shows how to fix the problem. In the process it describes the accounts that SQL Server uses to execute xp_cmd_shell and the use of the xp_sqlagent_proxy_account extended stored procedure.
A typical data driven web site has plenty of pages with tables of data made from database content. This article discusses using the Inline Table Valued User-Defined Function to retrieve the minimal amount of data for each page.
Discusses the issues faced when using SQL Server in a web application. It covers the vulnerabilities, the attacks, goals for security, written security policies, securing the Windows server, network topology, and security logs.
Whether your application is a software package, built in-house, or you're an Application Service provider, the end users rely on their IT department to enforce corporate security requirements. This article is about how to work with the IT department to implement security in a web application. It covers working on the requirements check list to insure compliance with Infrastructure requirements and application behavior requirements.
Did you get hit by Code Red or Nimbda? This article is all about how to recover from attack and protect your system in the future.
Microsoft provides the Upsizing Wizard for converting Access databases to SQL Server. But it's only part of the conversion process. This article takes you through the process of using the Upsizing Wizard and they through all the additional steps it takes to complete the conversion.