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Upcoming Presentations This Week

I’m in for a busy week as I have back to back presentations this Wednesday and Thursday nights.

On Wednesday the 20th, the Forth Worth SQL Server User Group has asked me to present one of my favorites. I’m constantly revising this presentation as I encounter as I come across new mistakes to share. So, […]

Gratitude, Resolutions, and Shit

“Shit!” I said, followed by even more graphic expletives. I lost you? Sorry, I forget that you don’t follow me around? Let me explain.

Like most people, I have a junk room filled with boxes and plastic storage bins. After Thanksgiving I was in the garage looking for our stored Christmas ornaments and came across a […]

PASS Summit and My SQL Family

Those who read this blog know that I’ve always been into the PASS Community, particularly about attending the PASS Summit. This is my third and I hope never to miss one.

I’ve written articles about why it’s worth paying your own way, how going is like finding a golden ticket and even like going on […]

SQL Saturday Dallas Reflections and Presentation Downloads

Every time I attend SQL Saturdays I am re-energized, and SQL Saturday 163 BI Edition was no different. This one was particularly special because of my precon presentation, “Data Warehousing In a Day”. I just love getting up in front of a group and teaching and it’s obvious when to the attendees.

If all of […]

It's Not Too Late To Sign Up for a Precon

This is just a quick reminder that I and two of my friends are presenting Precons tomorrow for SQL Saturday Dallas. While I am biased and think that you should sign up for mine, any of these sessions are a huge educational value. If you’re in the DFW area, do yourself a favor and attend […]

Presenting Tonight at North Texas SQL Server User Group

Hey folks, just a quick message that I’ll be presenting this evening at North Texas SQL Server User Group. I’m presenting an updated version of “Have you got the Urge to Merge?” which I gave last month in Fort Worth. I’ve made good progress with my code which generates T-SQL Merge Statements and will be […]

Got the Urge to Merge?

The T-Sql Merge statement, introduced in SQL 2008, is powerful, versatile, and performant. However, it is also one of T-SQL’s least understood statements. Most DBAs know they can use it to insert, update, and delete data in a target table in a single transaction, which generally outperforms separate statements. Fewer know, however, that it can […]

SQL Saturday Dallas and Pre-Cons

The North Texas SQL Server User Group recently announced our next SQL Saturday. SQL Saturday 163 will be another business intelligence centric event, with a limited number of attendees. The last time we had an event like this, it sold out in less than 12 hours, so I’d urge everyone to sign up right away.

I […]

Creating a Date Table/Dimension on SQL 2008.

In a previous article, I listed the benefits of using a dedicated date table and included a customizable script which enables you to quickly create your own version. One of my readers pointed out that he uses the date datatype, rather than using the smart integer key method, when working with SQL 2008+ databases. The […]

Date vs Integer Datatypes as Primary Key for Date Dimensions

Every Kimball Group book I’ve read, as well as every Data Warehouse class I’ve attended, has indicated that a Date Dimension Primary Key should be a smart integer key in the format YYYYMMDD (20110518) so I’ve always built my Date tables that way. However, Barnaby (Blog/Twitter) pointed out that I should be using a Date […]

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