SQL Provision

SQL Provision adds fully integrated data masking

SQL Provision launched in January, offering users blazingly fast database copying, with a light storage footprint, centralized management, and the ability to mask any sensitive data, prior to distribution. This new release takes compliant provisioning one step further, by integrating data masking directly into SQL Clone’s image creation process, rather than running it as a Read more

SQL Prompt

Misuse of the scalar user-defined function as a constant (PE017)

Do not use a scalar user-defined function (UDF) in a JOIN condition, WHERE search condition, or in a SELECT list, unless the function is schema-bound. Scalar UDFs are often used without a parameter to return a global constant: Unless you need to use these as constants in computed columns or constraints, it is generally safer Read more

SQL Prompt

Customizing the SQL Prompt built-in snippets: a better ALTER TABLE ADD (ata) snippet

Snippets are a great feature of SQL Prompt. They save coding time, and introduce standards and consistency to the way you build code modules. They have multiple replacement points (placeholders) for parameters, and you can invoke them directly from an SSMS query pane. SQL Prompt also comes with many useful built-in snippets, but sometimes we Read more

SQL Prompt

Avoid T-SQL Technical Debt using SQL Prompt Code Analysis

SQL Prompt’s Code Analysis feature helps you discover code issues and hidden pitfalls during code development, as you type. It also provides tips for improving your code, and includes links to documentation that offers advice on the about each of the supported rules, so you can decide on the best course of action. This is Read more

SQL Prompt

How to reformat a database in one operation

Inherited a database from another team? Changed your team policy on the way that you format SQL? What’s to stop you formatting the code of an entire database nicely, when you’re developing it? It can be done, but the process can take longer than you expect. This article will demonstrate a simple 3-step approach to Read more

SQL Prompt

How to Test SQL Server Functions and Procedures using SQL Prompt

When writing functions or procedures, a common chore is to devise and implement the tests that ensure that the routine always works as expected. The best way to do this is to define the tests in a batch that is attached to the CREATE or ALTER script. This isn’t just to prevent you from making Read more

SQL Change Automation

Baselining a SQL Change Automation project from an existing database

Deploying schema changes to SQL Server databases can be tricky when you’d like to automate parts of your workflow. For instance, how do you go about version controlling your schema changes? In application development there are many tools you could use such as Git, or Subversion. However, there exists no obvious choice for SQL Server Read more

SQL Monitor

How to monitor the impact of patching on SQL Server performance

In recent weeks, the IT industry has learned of two serious processor vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, which an attacker can exploit to obtain information to which they should not have access: specifically, information cached in the operating system kernel’s private memory. I’ve included references at the end, for in-depth technical descriptions of the vulnerabilities, which Read more

SQL Prompt

How to use the SQL Prompt snippet placeholders for selecting and copying text

There are four SQL Prompt snippet placeholders that are all about selection and copying of text: $PASTE$ Inserts the contents of the clipboard at that position. $SELECTEDTEXT$ Inserts the selected text. $SELECTIONSTART$ Indicates where you want the start of the new selection of code after you have executed the snippet $SELECTIONEND$ Specifies the end of Read more

SQL Data Generator

Realistic, simulated data for testing, development and prototypes

Generating realistic test data, which reflects accurately the nature and distribution of the data it is emulating, is a challenging task. The task is made more complex if you need to generate that data in different formats, for the different database technologies in use within your organization. This article proposes a scheme for using Redgate Read more