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  • T-SQL Tuesday #006: Tiger/Line Spatial Data

    This month’s T-SQL Tuesday post is about LOB data http://sqlblog.com/blogs/michael_coles/archive/2010/05/03/t-sql-tuesday-006-what-about-blob.aspx.   For this one I decided to post a sample Tiger/Line SQL database I use all the time in live demos. For those who aren't familiar with it, Tiger/Line data is a dataset published by the U.S. ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on May 11, 2010
  • Find a Hash Collision, Win $100

    Margarity Kerns recently published a very nice article at SQL Server Central on using hash functions to detect changes in rows during the data warehouse load ETL process.  On the discussion page for the article I noticed a lot of the same old arguments against using hash functions to detect change.  After having this same discussion ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on April 17, 2010
  • T-SQL Tuesday #005: Creating SSMS Custom Reports

    This is my contribution to the T-SQL Tuesday blog party, started by Adam Machanic and  hosted this month by Aaron Nelson.  Aaron announced this month's topic is ''reporting'' so I figured I'd throw a blog up on a reporting topic I've been interested in for a while -- namely creating custom reports in SSMS. Creating SSMS custom ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on April 12, 2010
  • Bit-Twiddling in SQL

    Someone posted a question to the SQL Server forum the other day asking how to count runs of zero bits in an integer using SQL.  Basically the poster wanted to know how to efficiently determine the longest contiguous string of zero-bits (known as a run of bits) in any given 32-bit integer.  Here are a couple ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on April 3, 2010
  • T-SQL Tuesday #004: Why Doesn't TDE Encrypt My FILESTREAM Data?

    This post is my entry for Adam Machanic's T-SQL Tuesday #004, hosted this time by Mike Walsh. I was at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week discussing database encryption options in SQL Server 2008 and one question seemed to keep coming up. The question concerns FILESTREAM and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), but first a little ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on March 8, 2010
  • Calculating Holidays in SQL

    Ask about nearly any kind of SQL-based date calculation in the newsgroups, and you'll likely get responses that include use of an auxiliary calendar table.  It's a really good idea, and something I highly recommend to anyone who has to do date-based calculations on the server.  For those who do dimensional modeling, you'll probably ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on February 25, 2010
  • Service Packs... Coming to a Download Near You!

    Based on feedback from the community (https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/522123/sql-server-2008-service-pack-2 and https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/522122/service-pack-4-for-sql-server-2005), Microsoft has announced plans to release Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 and Service Pack 4 for SQL ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on February 14, 2010
  • NJ .NET User Group Presentation: Building a SQL Server Search Engine in .NET

    I'll be presenting at the Northern NJ .NET User Group meeting on Tuesday February 9.  Topics we'll cover include: Intro to SQL Server 2008 Integrated Full-Text Search (iFTS) features and functionality, including: Full-text indexes Thesaurus Word breakers, filters and stemming Multilanguage support Intro to SQL Server 2008 FILESTREAM ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on February 7, 2010
  • It's Official - SQLSaturday is Coming to NYC!

    New Jersey SQL Server User Group (NJSQL) is bringing SQLSaturday #39 to NYC on April 24, 2010!  The free all-day training event will be hosted by Microsoft at their Midtown Manhattan offices.  The speaker line-up is growing fast—if you'd like to present, visit the event's open call for speakers.  This is a free full-day ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on February 6, 2010
  • Encrypt it in .NET/Decrypt it on SQL Server?

    A common question on the newsgroups is ''how do you encrypt data in a .NET [or other] client application and then decrypt it on SQL Server [or vice versa]?'' I actually ran down my list of answers to someone who asked this in the newsgroups a few weeks ago. I won’t get into the details, but the answers all pretty much say the same thing -- ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on January 29, 2010
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