Category Archives: Developer

Full-Text Search – A Beginner’s Guide

In my experience, many DBA’s and developers seem to shy away from Full-Text Search (  But, it is not as complicated as you may think.  In this post, I am going to attempt to make it as easy as possible … Continue reading

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Undocumented Stored Procedures … Do NOT Rely on Them in Production!

“Just because you can, does NOT mean you should.”  This is one of my favorite sayings that I like to apply in many aspects of my life, including when I am dealing with SQL Server. For example, there are a … Continue reading

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SQL Skills Training Class

On almost every survey of the best places to work, employee training is listed as one of the factors that will boost an employee’s satisfaction with a company.  And I have found that to be definitely true in my case.  … Continue reading

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Database Administrators or Developers … Who is Responsible for Indexing?

To answer that question, I am going with “it depends” and “both”! The reason I answer that way, is that anyone designing, building, querying, or maintaining database objects needs to have a grasp of indexing and how it will affect … Continue reading

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“Do It All at Once” Philosophy … A Set Based Approach Using a Tally or Numbers Table

When it comes to database programming, two of the key principles are that the code should run quickly and be scalable.  And this is really where a lot of people coming from traditional programming backgrounds get into the most trouble … Continue reading

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Find Data Quickly … By Using Indexes

Frequently, when a person is interviewing for a database job (i.e. developer or administrator), someone asks them … What is an index?  Or they may ask, what is the difference between a clustered and non-clustered index?  Now, while I do … Continue reading

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Attack It in Small Bits or Chunks

A friend of mine, with an interesting sense of humor, once asked me, “Do you know how you can eat a whole cow?”  I knew there was going to be some “smart” type of answer, but I didn’t come up … Continue reading

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