MSDN Blog on Data Management in VSTS:DB

Another excellent post over on Barclay Hill’s blog. This time he’s showing how to use pre- and post- deployment scripts to manage data when deployment might result in data loss. I am jazzed for part 2 of this set to see how what I should have been doing all along.

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Reading to Learn

I just finished chapter 1 of Alastair Aitchison’snew book on SQL Server spatial data, “Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008.” If this is the beginners book… oh boy. The advanced book must be insane. Seriously though, Mr. Aitchison seems to have written a fantastic book. I’m going to tear through it as fast as I [&hel...

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Connect Works

Microsoft Connect works. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but it really does work. You will get the attention of MS developers and they will respond. It’s not always fast, but it gets there. Of course, I was trying to create samples for the book, which came out almost two weeks ago, […]

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INNER JOIN Experiment in Order

And a new blog. Christopher Stobbs, one of the frequent posters over at SSC decided to try his hand at blogging. His first post is up and it’s pretty interesting. He ran an experiment with all different orders of tables, largest to smallest, smallest to largest to see if the order in the joins made […]

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Microsoft Links to Help Your Career

I received this list of links from my Microsoft rep. It was really an impressive list. So I asked if I could post it to the blog. Figures, it was already out there. Buck Woody had compiled it. It’s worth a look through. There really is a lot of information that focuses on you and […]

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Community

I’m always impressed and amazed with what happens in the SQL Server community. If you need help, there almost always seems to be a willing and able hand that reaches down to pull you up. It happens again and again, all around. I take part in SQL Server Central, one of the best, and biggest, […]

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PASS Call for Speakers

Yeah, everyone has a blog post up about it. Who am I to buck the trend. The call for speakers is officially open. You will need to set up a PassPort if you don’t have one already (a wise move, whoever thought of it). Get on over there and register.

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Database.sqlpermissions

Raise your hand if you think this is a real pain in the bottom method for editing user permissions? Yeah, me too. Visual Studio Team System Database Edition is far to fine a tool to make us edit XML to set database user permissions. A co-worker has posted a change request on MS Connect. Connect works really well […]

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Execution Plan Estimated Operator Cost

I’ve said it over and over again, the costs on operators in execution plans, even in actual execution plans are estimates.  You need to understand that when looking at your execution plans. It’s vital because you need to be able to distinguish between the truly costly parts of a plan and the less costly parts of a […]

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Tom LaRock on Reports In Operations Manager

Tom has published a great article on reporting in Operations Manager over at Simple-Talk. In case you don’t know, Tom is one of the best when it comes to OM on SQL Server. He’s presented at PASS on these topics for the last two years and has written other articles as well.

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