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Biml Syntax Basics and Rules

Biml is a human readable XML language, created by a company called Varigence, which compiles into SQL Server objects such as tables, views, SSIS packages, and SSAS cubes. In this post, we’ll cover the basics of the Biml language so you can start coding as fast as possible. Since, I’ve always found that it’s easier […]

Announcing Two Biml Presentations Next Week

My enthusiasm for Biml must be catching because I’ve been asked to give two presentations next week.

I’ll be giving a brand new presentation on Tuesday, November 12th, at 4:30pm for the MSBIC group at the Microsoft Building in Irving, TX. This presentation is targeted towards Business Analysts, management, and other members of the data warehouse […]

Thank You to My NTSSUG SQL Family

I’m happy to announce that I’ve just been elected to the North Texas SQL Server User Group Board of Directors. I owe so much to the PASS Community in general, but even more to our local group. In case you aren’t aware, the NTSSUG is one of the most active and successful groups in the […]

Biml Makes You THE ONE

The Matrix is one of my favorite movies. The story, special affects, and the theme are so compelling that I’ve watched the movie at least a dozen times. I referenced it in the introduction for my SQL Saturday 255 presentation, Biml – The Next Step in Agile Data Warehousing, and it fits in perfectly with […]

Upcoming Presentations at NTSSUG and SQL Saturday Dallas

Just wanted to give my readers, both of you, a quick heads up on my upcoming presentations, both of which deal with BimlScripting.

“Biml Basics” Tuesday Night at NTSSUG

Tuesday night (10/29) I’m presenting the final session (for now) of my Data Warehousing Basics and Beyond series for the North Texas SQL Server User Group. We’ve […]

Biml - Because I'm a Cheater

I’ll admit it, I’m a cheater. Now, before you click away in disgust, give me a minute to explain. Almost 15 years ago, when I felt stuck in my career as “The Made2Manage Guy,” I’d routinely run out of things to do. I mean, once you’ve learned all the pitfalls and gained a mastery of […]

HELLO to the WORLD of Biml

A “Hello World” program is an ages old traditional way to teach the basics of syntax for a programming language to a beginner. Since so many of us are just starting to use Biml Script, I thought it would be fun to start out with it. Also, I’ve made the entire solution available for download.

Before […]

Data Warehouse Initial (Historical) Dimension Loading With T-SQL Merge

If T-SQL Merge can only handle one changed record at a time, how can we use it for our initial/historical load? Further, how can we use Merge in those situations where the incremental load may produce more than 1 changed record per entity? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Welcome to the next article in the […]

SQL Saturday Oklahoma City Wrap Up

This past weekend I made the trek to Oklahoma City to participate in their latest SQL Saturday. It was the first time I had spoken there, but it didn’t feel that way. Kristin Ferrier (Blog/Twitter), Jeremy Marx (Blog/Twitter), Matt Brimer (Twitter), Allen Smith (Blog/Twitter), and the rest of the team were so welcoming, just what […]

Extracting Historical Dimension Records using T-SQL

Just because you can extract every single historical record for a dimension doesn’t mean you should. In this article, we’ll cover three basic extraction “methods” and when each of them may be preferred.

As with many of my Urge to Merge Series articles, this one will be presented in layers. In this case, each layer is […]