Yearly Archive: 2009

Connect digest : 2009-12-31

Like Hugo's immensely popular item pushing for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3, Steve Jones has created suggestions prompting new service packs for both 2005 and 2008: #522122 : Service Pack 4 for SQL...

Mixing OLTP and reporting using indexed views

Mixing OLTP and reporting using indexed views

I'm not a big fan of denormalizing, nor of repeating redundant redundant information in a database when those facts can already be derived from other information.  A classic example of the latter is when...

On software bloat…

On software bloat…

This morning I decided to install Visual Studio 2010 on one of my development VMs.  I have several processes in our production environment where, for convenience, I have SQL Server Agent calling batch files...

Connect Digest : 2009-12-12

Sorry I have been quiet recently; been working very hard for the past two weeks on a migration of an old, tried SQL Server 2005 database to a brand new 2008 cluster with faster...

Connect Digest : 2009-11-25

Can we improve on CHECKSUM()? Mike C# is not happy with the reliability of CHECKSUM() and asks for a better function that has less (or no) chance of collisions. #513376 : A Better Collision-Free...

Connect Digest : 2009-11-20

SSMS needs to support today's (and tomorrow's) number of cores Apparently when you try to get to the server properties page where CPUs are displayed, the UI is not equipped to handle 96 cores. ...

What is so bad about EAV, anyway?

I see a lot of people trash-talking the EAV (entity-attribute-value) model.  If you want the full story on EAV, I recommend you read the Wikipedia entry.  Basically this is the situation where instead of...

Connect digest : 2009-11-13

Cart before the horse Last week, a fix for SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU #4 was quietly slipped into the CU4 download page.  CU4 was build 10.0.2734, but you could have easily grabbed 10.0.2740...

Finding stored procedures containing %string%

Finding stored procedures containing %string%

Having just returned from PASS, I needed to play catch up on a few things in a stored procedure that was being developed before I left.  Being a little frazzled still, I could not...

Another PASS has come and gone

Wow, what a week!  I am just settling in back home after a week away, most of which I spent at the PASS summit in Seattle.  Whether you were there or not, you might...

Connect Digest : 2009-11-06

This week I've been at PASS, so haven't spent a whole lot of time digging into new Connect issues.  There was one raised today where the new += syntax in SQL Server 2008 can...