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  • Today I talk about you

    Some time back I posted a blog entry (mirrored here and here) asking you how you design databases. Out of those responses, my own experience, studies I read, and interviews I conducted, I collected a wealth of data. Thanks for your responses. So what am I going to do with that information? Well, all along I had planned for that to be used today. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 24, 2010
  • Great Example of a Simple Cost-Benefit Analysis

    I saw a post the other day that you should definitely go check out. It’s a cost/benefit decision, and although the author gives it a quick treatment and doesn’t take all points in the decision into account, you should focus on the process he follows. It’s a quick and simple example of the kind of thought process we should have as data ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 22, 2010
  • Using linked servers, OPENROWSET and OPENQUERY

    SQL Server has a few mechanisms to reach out to another server (even another server type) and query data from within a Transact-SQL statement. Among them are a set of stored credentials and information (called a Linked Server), a statement that uses a linked server called called OPENQUERY, another called OPENROWSET, and one called OPENDATASOURCE. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 16, 2010
  • Create Outlook Appointments from PowerShell

    I've been toying around with a script to create a special set of calendar objects in Outlook that show when my SQL Server Agent Jobs are scheduled to run. I haven't finished yet, but I thought I would share the part that creates the Outlook Appointments.I have yet to fill a variable with the start and end times, and then loop through that to ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 10, 2010
  • It’s OK to take a Shortcut Sometimes

    I was working this weekend with a fairly simple Excel spreadsheet, and I had to decompose one cell in it out to three columns in a SQL Server table. There are tools within SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) that should be able to do that, but I just couldn’t find my way around them properly. I’m not as familiar with SSIS as I would like to be ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 8, 2010
  • Code that Writes Code - A Good Idea or Not?

    I’m a big fan of code that writes code – most of the time. For instance, whenever you use the “templates” feature in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) or the Maintenance Wizard, you’re using code that writes other code. There’s even a trick of writing Transact-SQL (T-SQL) code that in turn creates other code. But there is a class of code ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 16, 2010
  • Challenge for the day: Learn One New Visualization

    I’ve gotten hooked on TED-talks. I don’t know if you’ve ever  seen these, but the basic idea is that really smart (and sometimes famous) people have less than 20 minutes to pitch a concept to other really smart people. One of the TED-talks I just watched this weekend was from a statistician, and he did some absolutely fascinating things ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 15, 2010
  • How Does Microsoft Do IT?

    Microsoft is a big company – and of course we have a lot of IT infrastructure that we have to manage. It might surprise you to learn that we have an IT group, just like at your company. We have a networking team, a server hardware team, software teams, DBA’s, the whole bit. In fact, we have more Mac computers than just about anyone (other than ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 3, 2010
  • Data Design

    I give series of classes and presentations on Data Design. I say “data” design instead of “database” design because we should consider more than just the database. Data might actually be stored in non-relational stores, such as Excel or XML files, and it might also be located in remote data stores like “cloud” technologies.   Here are the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 2, 2010
  • FILESTREAM: Storing Binary Objects in a database – or not

    Many shops need to store binary large objects (sometimes called BLOBS) in a database. There are really only two ways to do this: store in them in a table structure in the database itself using a binary data type, or store them in the operating system in a file folder somewhere and point to the file using a text field in a table. Both of these ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 28, 2010
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