SQL Server with Mr. Denny:

April, 2008


April 10, 2008  3:00 PM

Back To Basics: Views, what exactly are they?

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

Views are strange objects.  They look like tables, can be queried like a table, but they don't store any actual data.  Think of them as a virtual table which has pointers back to the source tables.  Views can combine data from one or more tables via joins just like a select statement. Using...

April 10, 2008  10:00 AM

Back To Basics: Tables, without them we have nothing to do

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

Tables are the core of any database platform.  Without tables we would be able to process data, but we would have no way to store the data.  In the simplest terms tables look like Excel sheets.  They both have columns and rows.  When you view a table in the client tools it looks much like an...


April 7, 2008  11:00 AM

SQL Server 2008 changes the way that CONVERT/CAST works

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

Normally when running a query against a table and using a CAST or CONVERT function against a datetime field any index is made useless.  In SQL Server 2008 this problem is fixed.  Microsoft has come up with a way for SELECT statements which use CAST or CONVERT against a column of the datetime...


April 3, 2008  11:00 AM

New INSERT syntax in SQL Server 2008

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

One of the very cool new feature which SQL Server 2008 gives us is an change to the INSERT statement.  Now you can specify multiple rows to insert into a table from a single insert command. The syntax is: CREATE TABLE TableName (Column1 INT, Column2 VARCHAR(10)) INSERT INTO...


April 1, 2008  6:43 PM

New Article: Tips for scheduling and testing SQL Server backups

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

I've just published a new tip on SearchSQLServer.com called Tips for scheduling and testing SQL Server backups.  In it I'm talking...


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