Book Review: Cooking For Geeks

(I know this isn’t SQL-related, but I think this may be a great read for people with similar interests.) This is not a cookbook. If you’re looking for a new collection of recipes, this is not the

SSIS, OLEDB Data Sources, and Table Variables

I ran across an interesting problem when trying to tune some SSIS data source performance issues the other day. I had noticed that we were doing a pretty large select out of a table filtered on a

Review: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices – Introduction

    A while back I received a review copy of Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices by Ed Wilson (blog | twitter) and the Windows PowerShell Teams at Microsoft. Having finally found the time to sit down

Powershell for Database Developers

I recently presented for the SQLPASS AppDev Virtual Chapter on “Powershell for Database Developers”.  I promised that I’d get the files used in the demos up to my blog shortly so wanted to make good on that

Powershell: Writing Text Files

I was recently trying to generate a bunch of data that I needed to pass through one of our in-house DLLs in order to use some custom encryption algorithms. Thanks to the wonderful Powershell community, I found

Powershell Links – 2010-03-06

Here are some of the more interesting Powershell links I came across recently, along with some thoughts about them. Powershell, String Encryption, and GPG – brought this one to my attention. Chad Miller discusses working with

DDL Schema Change Auditing on SQL Server 2005 / 2008

I’ve run across this before so wanted to write up a solution to keeping track of schema changes we’ve used. We trust our team to make DDL changes, additions, drops in order to get their job done.

Powershell Community Extensions

While with the time and knowledge we can write a lot of the things we’ll use in Powershell, it’s often not worth it to re-invent the wheel. There’s a group of Powershell coders who have put together

Powershell – Comparison Operators

I’m writing this one so I remember these operators. Powershell doesn’t use standard operators such as =, <, , !=, etc. These operators are used in the following manner. Operator Conventional Operator -eq = -ne or !=

Powershell – Quite note on Objects

I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone who’s dabbled in Powershell, but just about everything in Powershell has an Object underneath. The results we see on screen come from those objects and it’s only when