SQLSaturday #162 : Cambridge, England
Yesterday I presented at SQLSaturday #162. My slide deck and samples are here:
I also wanted to answer a question from an audience member after the session about how to generate YYYYMMDD strings to represent yesterday's date in order to append to a backup file name. In this case because we're probably not worried about performance (you're performing this calculation once), we can just use string conversion (see this blog post for a more detailed discussion about doing things like stripping time from datetime at high volume).
-- In SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2008 R2, you can say: SELECT [filename] = 'Backup' + CONVERT(CHAR(8), DATEADD(DAY, -1, GETDATE()), 112); -- In SQL Server 2012, you can use a slightly more self-documenting method: SELECT [filename] = 'Backup' + FORMAT(DATEADD(DAY, -1, GETDATE()), 'yyyyMMdd');
I was really impressed with how this event was run – it was super organized and I had a great time, so kudos to Mark and Lorraine Broadbent and everyone else who helped by speaking, volunteering and sponsoring.
Today I was able to take a walk around "The Backs" (the walkways along the river behind all the famous colleges here), then went to Castle Mound with Buck Woody & family, then Scott and I took a train to Ely to see the 4th largest cathedral in Europe. A good day. Pictures here: