SQL Prompt

Quick SQL Prompt tip – restore your tabs, even if you closed them by mistake

It’s sometimes too easy to close SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) without saving your work. It’s also easy to get rid of tabs and scripts that you later wish you had back. SQL Prompt can help with both these problems. Take a look at the Options for SQL Prompt and you’ll find a set of Read more

SQL Prompt

Quick SQL Prompt tip – picking the columns you need for speedy results

One of the poor practices that I see so many people doing in code is using SELECT *. This is poor practice because it takes more time to complete for clients, it’s an unnecessary use of resources on the client, server and network, and it can fill the buffer cache with rarely-used data. For example, Read more

SQL Compare

How to build multiple database versions from the same source: post-deploy scripts

This is the second post in a three-part series that explains how to use SQL Compare to maintain a single source of truth in version control for a SQL Server database which can be deployed to multiple production instances, despite the fact that some production instances have customizations. My previous article explained how to use SQL Read more

SQL Prompt

Quick SQL Prompt tip – script objects as ALTER in two clicks

Working in a large database can be difficult at times. While many of us might learn the meanings and definitions of most objects, it’s easy to forget the exact ways in which some objects work, or what the behavior is in certain calls. This is one place where having tools that assist you like SQL Read more

SQL Prompt

Faster SQL Server troubleshooting using SQL Prompt snippets

A good DBA will automate repetitive tasks, but sometimes you need to troubleshoot a problem ‘live’, with people standing over you, and the pressure on. This is something that can’t be automated. SQL Prompt snippets have helped me out in this sort of situation numerous times. Built-in SSMS query shortcuts SSMS provides a few shortcuts Read more

SQL Change Automation

Database CI with Redgate SQL Change Automation, PowerShell and Jenkins

While the practice of Continuous Integration (CI) started with application code, you can apply the same principles to databases. Database CI is the process by which we build, test and deploy the database on commit of every database change, and report any errors. In this way, CI reduces your feedback loop such that changes that Read more

SQL Data Generator

How to generate realistic text data using SQL Data Generator

SQL Data Generator (SDG) is very handy for making a database come alive with what looks something like real data, and, once you specify the empty database, it will do its level best to oblige. To get the best results though, you need to provide SDG with some hints on how the data ought to Read more

SQL Data Generator

Generating realistic dates using SQL Data Generator and Python

When you’re generating test data, you have to fill in quite a few date fields. By default, SQL Data Generator (SDG) will generate random values for these date columns using a datetime generator, and allow you to specify the date range within upper and lower limits. This is fine, generally, but occasionally you need something Read more

SQL Monitor

How to monitor backups and other SQL Agent jobs using SQL Monitor

How many times, when reading a report of some highly public case of data loss or corruption, do you inevitably stumble across a line like: ‘Unfortunately the backup job had not been running for the last three months, and no one noticed’? It’s not enough just to set up jobs to run database backups, or Read more

SQL Compare

Deploying schema changes to multiple databases using the SQL Compare command line

Sometimes, you need to synchronize multiple target databases with the same source database, or with the source code for that database, in version control. You may need to push out the schema changes to ten copies of the database on ten different servers, as part of a deployment, for example. Or there may be cases Read more