Analyzing Slack Traffic with PowerBI

The other day in the SQL Community Slack channels, we started chatting about general usage of Slack – which channels saw the most activity, what topics were discussed, and so on. One thing led to another and

Automating File Processing with Python and SQL Server

Garry Bargsley ( b | t ) asks us this month what does “Automate all the things” mean to you. After all, if we have to do something over and over, it only makes sense to automate

Send Meaningful Errors for SSIS Packages

Recently, Kevin Hill (b | t ) posted on getting package errors from the SSIS catalog in a single query as opposed to clicking through the SSIS Reports and digging through pages.  I took that and ran

A Speaker’s Workshop in 35 Minutes

Buck Woody shares a much abbreviated video of his speaking workshop to help others become a better speaker and present more effective sessions. Well, not the *whole* workshop. That’s a full-day long, with individualized attention and exercises.

TSQL: OUTPUT Columns Not In Target Table

One of the challenges I’ve run into regularly throughout my years trying to convert data from one system to another is that we have a set of old data, often with its own key values. That data

TSQL Tuesday: “Disabling” Triggers Without ALTERs

I’ve worked with my share of Triggers over the years. Most of the time, they were relatively simple affairs – do a simple update to a date if a row changed or track some basic audits somewhere.

Very Simple Data Entry with C# Winforms & Datasets

I recently needed to generate a quick and dirty app for data entry into a normalized database. I’ve done this sort of thing in Access before so started to play with it a little. After getting one

TSQL Tuesday #102: Giving Back

This TSQL Tuesday comes to us from Riley Major (b | t), He asks us in what ways we can give back to the SQL Community. He suggests blogging, speaking, answering questions, mentoring, or if we have

Azure DB, ROUTE ADD, and VPNs

One of the things that I have to content with every now and then with Azure SQL is accessing our Azure SQL databases through the corporate VPN. Our servers are set up to only allow access from

T-SQL Tuesday #99 : Singing and Music

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Aaron Bertrand (b/t), and he offers as a topic what he calls Dealer’s Choice. We can either share something about which we’re passionate outside of the world of SQL Server