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  • Cloud Computing - just get started already!

    OK - you've been hearing about ''cloud'' (I really dislike that term, but whatever) for over two years. You've equated it with just throwing some VM's in some vendor's datacenter - which is certainly part of it, but not the whole story. There's a whole world of - wait for it - *coding* out there that you should be working on. If you're a ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on October 30, 2012
  • Please Vote: Windowing Enhancements in SQL Server

    Back in January 2007, SQL guru Itzik Ben-Gan posted a series of MS Connect enhancement requests concerning windowing function enhancements.  Those who have used the ROW_NUMBER(), RANK(), DENSE_RANK(), and NTILE() functions on SQL 2005 and 2008, you already know how useful they are.  They simplify code and can improve performance ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on November 19, 2009
  • "Cloning" Symmetric Keys

    It's well-known by now that SQL Server 2005 and 2008 include new encryption-related statements that allow you to create and administer encryption keys. You can use CREATE CERTIFICATE to create or import a certificate or DROP ASYMMETRIC KEY to remove an asymmetric key from the database, for instance.  One of the interesting ommissions ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on June 17, 2009
  • Calvinball Projects

    I used to be a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan, and when a friend today reminded me of the old game of ''Calvinball'' I couldn't help drawing similarities to database and programming projects.   Here are the rules to Calvinball as they apply to database development projects: 1.1. All players must wear a Calvinball mask (See Calvinball Equipment ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on June 2, 2009
  • Practical SQL Server XML: Part 2

    In response to a challenge from Pinal Dave, a fellow MVP and a winner of an award for his blog at the MVP Summit 2009, I am writing a couple of articles to demonstrate practical uses for SQL Server’s XML capabilities.  (Dave’s great blog is at Dave posted the first post in this series over at ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on March 3, 2009
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