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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #010: Indexes

(You can see previous T-SQL Tuesday retrospectives by visiting this link.) In September 2010, Michael J. Swart (blog | Twitter) invited us to talk about indexes. Indexes are strange things. You never need to explicitly create one to create a fully-functional database, but if you want a database to perform well, they’re indispensable. Many words
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #009: Beach Time

(If you’d like to read my other T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective posts, click here.) In August 2010, Jason Brimhall (blog | Twitter) invited us to discuss preparing for vacations: “Write about what you have done to be able to get a break from the job. Beach time is usually vacation time, but is really anything that
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #008: Gettin’ Schooled

To view posts about previous T-SQL Tuesday entries, please use this tag. The late, great, Robert Davis invited us on Independence Day 2010 to write about Gettin’ Schooled: We return to our days of youth to take a fresh look at learning. How do you learn? How do you teach? What are you learning or
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #007: Summertime in the SQL

This is the seventh post in my retrospective attempt to answer every T-SQL Tuesday invitation. In the beginning of June 2010, Jorge Segarra invited us to write about our favourite hot new feature in SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2. For me, this would be the introduction of the DATE, TIME, and DATETIME2 data types
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #006: What about blob?

I am revisiting old T-SQL Tuesday invitations from the very beginning of the project. On May 3, 2010, Michael Coles invited us to write about how we use LOB data, so now you know what this week’s post is about. Let’s go over some definitions and complain a little, because that’s how cranky data professionals
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #005: Reporting

A few weeks ago, I began answering every single T-SQL Tuesday from the beginning. This week it’s the fifth entry, and on April 5th, 2010, Aaron Nelson invited us to write about reporting. You can visit the previous entries here: T-SQL Tuesday #001 – Date/Time Tricks T-SQL Tuesday #002 – A Puzzling Situation T-SQL Tuesday
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #004: I/O

Mike Walsh invited us on March 1st 2010 to write about I/O. This abbreviation stands for Input / Output, and is often used as shorthand for persisted storage. Given the breadth of the topic I decided to write about RAID levels, but I must state outright that RAID is not a backup. A Redundant Array
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #003: Relationships

In my quest to respond to every T-SQL Tuesday since the dawn of the end of 2009, it was only a matter of time before Rob Farley’s name came up. I first met Rob at his 40th birthday party, many (many!) years ago at the PASS Summit. He of course has no recollection of this
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #002: A Puzzling Situation

For the second T-SQL Tuesday ever — again, hosted by Adam Machanic — we were asked one of three options, and I elected to go with the first one: Describe a confusing situation you encountered, and explain how you debugged the problem and what the resolution was. This invitation was originally posted on 4 January
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The T-SQL Tuesday Corollary

T-SQL Tuesday is a fantastic series of blog posts derived from over 130 topics over the past 11 years, inviting bloggers to share their thoughts on a particular theme once a month. I’ve even participated in a couple of them myself. Unfortunately, I keep missing the deadline, plus my blog publishes every Wednesday which is
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