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This post continues our look at date and time data types in SQL Server. SQL Server 2008 introduced new data types to handle dates and times in a more intelligent way than the DATETIME and SMALLDATETIME types that we looked at previously. This week, we look at the DATETIME2 data type. I’m not the first person[…]
This post continues our look at date and time data types in SQL Server. SQL Server 2008 introduced new data types to handle dates and times in a more intelligent way than the DATETIME and SMALLDATETIME types that we looked at previously. What is the time? This week, we look at the TIME data type. It[…]
The future, 100 months from now: It’s Monday, 6 July 2026. It’s been quite a week since SQL Server Update 2607 was released. The entire production infrastructure has been refreshed. All devices are reporting in, and your glasses are showing green across the fleet. There’s a problem, though. One of the container hosts is reporting[…]
This post continues our look at date and time data types in SQL Server. SQL Server 2008 introduced new data types to handle dates and times in a more intelligent way than the DATETIME and SMALLDATETIME types that we looked at previously. The first one we look at this week is DATE. Whereas DATETIME uses eight[…]
Last week I spoke about a world wary data type for storing dates and times in a single column, with a granularity of three milliseconds, DATETIME. But let’s say you don’t need that kind of accuracy and are happy with a granularity to the nearest minute. Maybe you’re storing time cards and don’t think it’s[…]
Last year I ran a series of posts about Database Fundamentals. Over the next few weeks, I will cover the basics of various date and time data types in SQL Server, when to use them, and which functions to use for date and time calculations. This week will start with probably the best-known data type,[…]
Nested views are bad. Let’s get that out of the way. What is a nested view anyway? Imagine that you have a SELECT statement you tend to use all over the place (a very common practice when checking user permissions). There are five base tables in the join, but it’s fast enough. Instead of copying[…]
Tom Roush The SQL Family lost a much admired member to cancer last month, Tom Roush. In our little community, Tom was a well-known raconteur who wrote around a hundred stories, many of which were published on his blog. He was working on a book containing the best of these stories just before he died, and[…]
Victoria is on an island off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia. The island is wisely called Vancouver Island. It is beautiful there, and I wouldn’t mind retiring there someday. Those of you who listen to my convoluted stories will recall that it was on Vancouver Island that I broke my foot in 2013. Hopefully[…]
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I will be presenting for the first time at SQLBits in London, on Saturday 24 February 2018. My session is called Back to the future with Temporal Tables. Here is the abstract: Back to the Future is the greatest time travel movie ever. I’ll show you how[…]