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Linchi Shea

Checking out SQL Server via empirical data points

You Gotta Stop Writing Tautologies

Windows performance monitor is an excellent tool. But the online explanations for many perfmon counters often drive me nuts.

Take the counter "SQLServer:Databases\Log Growths" as an example. Its explain text is "Total number of log growths for this database." Well, that doesn't really add much to the information already conveyed by the counter name, does it? If the writer could just add one or two more sentences, it would make the explain text much more useful. Say, add a sentence to explicitly identify whether this includes both manual growths and autogrowths.

As another example, the explain text for the counter "SQLServer:General Statistics\Logical Connections" says "Number of logical connections to the system." Great! That's really helpful! How about adding a quick sentence to explain what is a logical connnection?

I understand there is very limited space for the explain text. But it does have enough space for a few more short sentences.

It's a total waste of time to provide this type of useless repetitions.

Published Thursday, February 21, 2008 6:44 PM by Linchi Shea
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Tautaulogee said:

Tautaulogee, nown: needless repetition of an idea, esp. in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”

:)

February 22, 2008 2:48 AM
 

Reverend said:

Amen!  Amen! Amen!  Don't even bother with the feature if you're just going to repeat the metric name.  One of my pet peeves also.  BOL is guilty of this sometimes as well when describing some of the columns in the DMV's.

February 22, 2008 9:08 AM

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