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  • Tricks in T-SQL and SSAS

    This past weekend saw the first SQL Saturday in Melbourne. Numbers were good – there were about 300 people registered, and the attendance rate seemed high (though I didn’t find out the actual numbers). Looking around during the keynote, I didn’t see many empty seats in the room, and I knew there were 300 seats, plus people continued to arrive as ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on April 7, 2014
  • Scans are better than Seeks. Really.

    There are quite a few reasons why an Index Scan is better than an Index Seek in the world of SQL Server. And yet we see lots of advice saying that Scans are bad and Seeks are good. Let’s explore why. Michael Swart (@MJSwart) is hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month, and wants people to argue against a popular opinion. Those who know me and have heard ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on March 11, 2014
  • Victims of success

    I feel like every database project has major decisions now, which are remarkably fundamental to the direction that’s going to be taken. And it’s almost as if new options appear with ever-increasing frequently. Consider a typical database project, involving a transactional system to support an application, with extracts into a data warehouse ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on February 10, 2014
  • Write-BlogPost

    A couple of years I ago I was going to write a song about automation, in reggae style, which could maybe have been used by the Trinidad SQL community – particularly Nigel Sammy (@nigelsammy). The theme was going to be around the fact that you need automation because the sun shines and the beach is calling. But of course, automation is about so ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on January 13, 2014
  • Waiting, waiting…

    “It just runs slow these days” I’m sure you’ve heard this, or even said it, about a computer that’s a few years old. We remember the days when the computer was new, and it seemed to just fly – but that was then, and this is now. Change happens, things erode, and become slower. Cars, people, computers. I can accept that cars get slower. They lose ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on December 9, 2013
  • Cloud – the forecast is improving

    There is a lot of discussion about “the cloud”, and how that affects people’s data stories. Today the discussion enters the realm of T-SQL Tuesday, hosted this month by Jorge Segarra. Over the years, companies have invested a lot in making sure that their data is good, and I mean every aspect of it – the quality of it, the security of it, the ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 11, 2013
  • T-SQL Tuesday - the swag

    This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Kendal van Dyke (@SQLDBA), and is on the topic of swag. He asks about the best SQL Server swag that we’ve ever received from a conference. I can’t say I ever focus on getting the swag at conferences, as I see some people doing. I know there are plenty of people that get around all the sponsors as soon as ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 7, 2013
  • Not-so-dirty SQL hacks

    Using a hammer to push in a screw isn’t a good idea, no matter how good the hammer is. We all know that. and yet there are times when we get frustrated at the ‘right tool’ and opt for the one that will work. Unfortunately, there are plenty of examples in the IT space – the topic of which is this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, hosted by Rick Krueger ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on September 9, 2013
  • Looking back, or looking forward?

    Sometimes I only blog for T-SQL Tuesday. I don’t want to break my run of blogging for each one just yet, but I do wonder sometimes. The reason I’m reflecting is that what we’ve done in the past will so often affect what we do in the future. The musician Sting tells us that “History will teach nothing”, but he’s trying to address the idea of being ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on August 12, 2013
  • Getting better over time

    This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Bradley Ball (@sqlballs), and he wants us to write about a proper balls-up. He wants us to think it’s an opportunity for a Second Chance, to see things as an opportunity to write about how we learned and did better when we had a second chance. I thought hard about this. I know I could write about times when ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on July 9, 2013
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