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07Oct 13

SQL Server Partitioning and Triggers

During your design phase of an application and/or database sometimes incorporating a very useful feature within SQL Server can slip through the net and be forgotten about, and that feature…

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12Sep 13

Microsoft and the Application Platform

A lot has been written in the industry press on Microsoft’s new ‘Devices and Services’ strategy and – what would have been inconceivable until only very recently – the tacit…

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25May 13

Loading Images Into SQL Server

A requirement arose recently to import a folder full of JPEG images into a SQL Server table. I ideally wanted to achieve this using pure T-SQL code; that is without…

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13Apr 13

Mapping Spatial Data in SQL Server

Spatial data types were first introduced in SQL Server 2008 and allow points, lines and shapes to be stored inside a column inside a database table. There are two spatial…

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27Dec 12

Master Data Services

Recently a client asked me the following questions: What is Master Data Services? What is it for? And what has it to do with SQL Server? I answered as succinctly…

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