Intellectually I knew that query results can vary depending on where we decide to "filter" our data. In the JOIN condition, or in the predicate WHERE clause? The following example of this revealed itself recently. It struck me as such a simple and clear case I thought others might benefit from it. The situation arose … Continue reading JOIN versus WHERE filtering
In my post about transactional replication we configured the dbo.Badges table for replication. Recall that this is a table that lives in the StackOverflow database. Let's pretend that over time the production table we replicated has grown to billions of rows, and our reporting relies on hitting the dbo.Badges subscriber table in the SO_small … Continue reading How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Add The Nonclustered Index
Too often in my career I have heard "SQL Server doesn't scale as well as DBMS x" or "We don't need a DBA. You just install SQL Server and it runs itself". Both of these are misconceptions that are reinforced by a lack of people who truly understand the deep magic that is SQL Server … Continue reading The Path to Enlightenment – SQLSkills style!
At work we lost our super star DBA some months back, and though he is sorely missed, this has created opportunities for me to grow in my SQL Server knowledge. One of the key components of our Business Intelligence environment (my world!) is our replication between PROD and the Data Warehouse. Because this replication is … Continue reading Setup a Simple Transactional Replication lab
At work we have tables containing billions of rows, and are hundreds of GB in size. The business intelligence queries we run against them in the reporting database are often focused around dates and not accountids / productids as they are in PROD. For these large tables, it is sometimes useful to split the records … Continue reading Can Table Partitioning Improve Query Performance?
At work we have a reasonably large table with a NVARCHAR(MAX) column. This column stores HTML and other user generated content. This table is on a SQL Server 2014 instance, so cannot take advantage of new compression technologies in SS 2016. Looking at the estimated benefits via query: Well … bummer! Looks like no savings … Continue reading How much space will table compression save me?
You have a create date in Datetime format (ugly!). You want to create a nice row label of out that for your SSRS report. Well here ya go!: Set the text box to an expression: =MonthName(Month(Fields!CreateDate.Value))&" "& Year(Fields!CreateDate.Value) This will give you a nice date label like "December 2015". For an even snazzier label, I … Continue reading Nice date labels in SSRS