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  • Updates for Some 2008 Tools

    There have been a few releases over the last few days for some SQL Server 2008 tools that you may be interested in. The first one is the 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2010/06/19/sql-server-2008-r2-best-practices-analyzer-is-now-available.aspx And the second one is the 2008 R2 ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on June 19, 2010
  • Trace Flag Groupings

    I just saw a news group post by Paul Randal in which he explained how trace flags were grouped into certain categories and thought others may find this interesting as well. Please note that Paul stated that these are from memory so they may not be 100% accurate or complete.   Trace flags are grouped by area of SQL Server - the first two ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on June 21, 2009
  • Checkpoint – Four pillars down, Three to Go

    With the previous post on the fourth pillar, I have reached the “end” of the design posts.  To review, these were: Coherent – cohesive, comprehendible, standards based, names/datatypes all make sense, needs little documentation Normal – normalized as much as possible without harming usability/performance (based on testing) ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on May 14, 2009
  • The fourth pillar – Documented

    This blog probably won’t stir up a hornet’s nest or anything, but I would also expect that it would be the least popular in practice. The person who feels they can disagree with the need for a reasonable amount of documentation is probably nuts. In the first post, I defined documented as “Anything that cannot be gathered from the previous four is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on April 15, 2009
  • Did You Know? A New SQL Server 2008 Books Online Update is Available

    When I searched for ''sql server 2008 books online update'', the first non-advertising hit I got was labeled August 2008, and I already have a Books Online download for August.     However, when I clicked on the link I was taken to a page to download a brand new January 2009 Update::     So here's the ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on February 2, 2009
  • What time do you have?

    The way in which SQL Server has treated Time has been a very misunderstood subject for as long as I can remember. The largest part of that was the fact that SQL Server was only accurate to 3.33ms. I would like to point you to an excellent article on this and other details surrounding Datetime in SQL Server by Tibor Karaszi found here:  ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 20, 2008
  • Did You Know? You can search the web-only Books Online

    You might be aware (from other bloggers on this site) that there is a new web-only Books Online for SQL Server 2008 available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239407.aspx.  Like Tibor, I prefer a downloadable BOL, partly because I do a lot of research and writing while traveling and I don't always have an internet connection, ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on November 11, 2008
  • New (web) update for SQL Server 2008 Books Online

    Fire up your SQL Server 2008 Books Online (BOL) and check the date. You should find this in any article (except for the very start page). RTM of SQL Server 2008 shipped with a BOL which has ... hmm,... doesn't have a date (just checked in a virtual machine). OK, so if you don't find a date (year month) you have the BOL which shipped with ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on November 5, 2008
  • Debug button in SSMS 2008

    How many people are tired of accidentally hitting the toolbar button with the green triangle on it when trying to run a query in the Query Editor only to get into the debug mode?  If you are like me then I bet a lot of you:).  It only seems natural to hit the Green button to run something right?  Especially since it is right next to ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 17, 2008
  • Error messages in 2008 Books Online

    I just learned from Gail E. at MS that the system error messages are all documented in the SQL Server 2008 Books Online. For instance, search for 823. See the hits? Now, for instance, select the ''Errors 1 - 999'' page. Press the ''Sync with Table of Contents'' button. Look to the left, in the ''Contents'' section. You now see that the errors ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on September 9, 2008
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