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

SQL Provision

Create, protect and manage non-production databases with SQL Provision

SQL Provision allows users to create copies of SQL Server databases in seconds, using a fraction of disk space, and mask any sensitive data to help address data privacy and protection concerns. It serves as a gateway between production and non-production environments, to ensure the safe distribution of database copies from one central location, without blocking Read more

SQL Clone

The Database DevOps Challenges SQL Clone Solves

SQL Clone helps to accelerate the delivery of databases updates, by enabling an organization to provide database copies, and the right data, to all parts of the deployment pipeline that need it, with a light footprint, and securely. It removes much of the administrative burden of providing a ‘database refresh’, while still allowing operations teams Read more

SQL Prompt

Finding code smells using SQL Prompt: the SET NOCOUNT problem (PE008 and PE009)

SQL Prompt implements two static code analysis rules to check code for potential misuse of the SET NOCOUNT command: PE008 – SET NOCOUNT OFF is used PE009 – No SET NOCOUNT ON before DML Whenever you execute a query, a short message is returned to the client with the number of rows that are affected Read more

SQL Toolbelt

Introducing database automation with the SQL Toolbelt

For many companies, particularly those in the financial sector, a key technology consideration is risk management because if systems go down, it can cost a lot of money very quickly. Take ABSA Bank, a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group. Serving customers in South Africa and Namibia, it provides retail, business, corporate, and investment banking, Read more

SQL Prompt

Finding code smells using SQL Prompt: old-style join syntax (ST001)

SQL Prompt implements a static code analysis rule, ST001, which will check code automatically, during development and testing work, for occurrences of non-ANSI standard JOIN syntax. The “old style” Microsoft/Sybase JOIN style for SQL, which uses the =* and *= syntax, has been deprecated and is no longer used. Queries that use this syntax will Read more

SQL Clone

How to automatically provision sanitized data using SQL Clone, Data Masker and PowerShell

National and regional legislation, as well industry standards, dictate what an organization can and can’t do with sensitive data, as well as how it needs to be handled, audited and protected. In addition, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) tightens up enormously the requirements for storage, handling, processing, disclosure and erasure of personal information about Read more

SQL Prompt

Finding code smells using SQL Prompt: procedures that lack schema-qualification

SQL Prompt implements a static code analysis rule, PE001, which will check code automatically, during development and testing work, for occurrences of a stored procedure being called, via the EXECUTE command, without the schema being specified. PE001 – Schema name for procedure is not specified Even where you don’t have to qualify the name of Read more