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Tag: #BackToBasics

Surprising but True: the Basics are Still Difficult

I always look forward to new research from Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., publishers of this magazine and other great products for data professionals. The latest report which you should read is "SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility & Resiliency 2017; PASS Database Management Survey." READ MORE… Originally Posted April 07, 2017

#BackToBasics / T-SQL Tuesday : Are your backups worthless?

#BackToBasics / T-SQL Tuesday : Are your backups worthless?

For both T-SQL Tuesday and his #BackToBasics challenge, Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) provides some fundamental information about SQL Server backups, and why your restores can be just as important.

#BackToBasics : A Challenge for 2016

#BackToBasics : A Challenge for 2016

In every month of 2016, Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) will attempt to publish an introductory blog post about SQL Server.

#BackToBasics : CAST vs. CONVERT

#BackToBasics : CAST vs. CONVERT

Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) explains why he always opts for one of these options over the other, even in cases where it shouldn't matter.

#BackToBasics : Why I use lower case for data type names (now)

Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) explains why he codes defensively – matching the case of data type names, even in scenarios where it isn't strictly necessary.

#BackToBasics : Naming Stored Procedures

Naming conventions for stored procedures is the topic for Aaron Bertrand's 9th post for his #EntryLevel series.

#EntryLevel : Compression & Data Types

Melissa Connors (@MelikaNoKaOi) walks through the basics of when SQL Server data will benefit from compression and illustrates cases when it will not.

#BackToBasics : Great Debates : Unicode

In his 8th #EntryLevel post, Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) takes a look at one of the classic debates in SQL Server : whether to support Unicode.

#BackToBasics : DATEFROMPARTS()

Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) continues his #EntryLevel challenge with July's entry, a treatment of DATEFROMPARTS() and similar functions introduced in SQL Server 2012.

Temporal Tables in SQL Server 2016

While temporal data support is something that has existed in the past within other database platforms, it is a newly available feature with the RTM version of SQL Server 2016. In case you haven't heard of temporal data values (or for some, "bitemporal"), here is a brief explanation. READ MORE… Originally Posted June 09, 2016

#BackToBasics : An Updated

#BackToBasics : An Updated "Kitchen Sink" Example

Continuing the #EntryLevel challenge, Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) talks about optimizing the "kitchen sink" procedure using dynamic SQL and, optionally, OPTION (RECOMPILE).

SQL Server on Linux – It's No Joke

Many thought it was an early April Fool's Day prank, but it was no joke: On March 7, 2016, Microsoft announced the beta release of SQL Server on Linux with the intention of shipping a full release of the product by 2017. Oh, and SentryOne already supports SQL Server on Linux! READ MORE… Originally Posted

#BackToBasics : Definitions of SQL Server release acronyms

Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) explains some of the more common acronyms you may see flung around in blog posts, Connect items, and Knowledge Base articles.

#BackToBasics : Dating Responsibly

As part of his #BackToBasics series, Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) gives four quick tips on using date and time values effectively in SQL Server.

#BackToBasics : The Beauty of the Synonym

Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) continues his "Back to Basics" series, this time discussing SQL Server's synonym and how it can be used.