Recommended reading from mrdenny for July 11, 2014

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: BenjaminNevarez also known as Benjamin Nevarez

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

And don’t forget to get signed up for my SQL PASS 1st Timers Webcast on August 20th.  Even if you aren’t a 1st time attendee to PASS this webcast will be full on great information about the summit, the after events, and will be a good reminder on how to get around the Seattle convention center and where things will be at this years conference.

Denny

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SQL PASS 2014 Here I Come

I’m pleased to report that I’ll be presenting at the SQL PASS 2014 Summit this year. I’ll be presenting two breakout sessions this year. The first session that I’m presenting is “Optimizing SQL Server Performance in a Virtual Environment” where we’ll talk about the various ways that we can make SQL Server run better in a virtual environment. My second session is a newer talk titled “SQL Server 2014 and Azure Integration” where we’ll be talking about all the new features where you can use Windows Azure along with your on premise SQL Server 2014 installations.

I hope that you’ll join me at the SQL PASS summit. To give you a good excuse to get registered RIGHT NOW I’ve even got a discount code for you where you can save $150 (US) off the current cost whenever you sign up. That code is CCSUM14. Just use that when you register for the conference and it’ll knock $150 off whatever the price is when you register. The sooner you register the cheaper the cost will be.

Denny

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Recommended Reading from mrdenny for January 24th, 2014

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: DoktorKermit also known as Kenneth M. Nielsen

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny

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What’s up with the N in front of string values?

If you have looked at pretty much any Microsoft provided T/SQL code you have probably seen an N in front of a string value when setting a variable much like this.

SELECT *
FROM sys.databases
WHERE name = N'master'

What this N does is tell the SQL Server that the data which is being passed in is uni-code and not character data.  When using only the Latin character set this is not really needed.  However if using characters which are not part of the basic Latin character set then the N is needed so that SQL knows that the data being given it is uni-code data.

Denny

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