What the heck is the SQL Server Version Store?

October 15, 2019 Andy 0

Maybe you’ve read about the Read Committed Snapshot (RCSI) or Snapshot Isolation levels. Or maybe you were trying to figure out the difference between the two snapshot isolation levels. Perhaps you’ve looked into read-only secondary replicas in your Availability Group, or even had some problems … [Read More]

Updates to the Data Blogger Resource Kit

October 9, 2019 Andy 2

Earlier this year, I published the first crack at a Data Blogger Resource Kit. When I initially created the kit, I wasn’t quite sure exactly what direction I would go with it. In the months since, I’ve started to get a better idea of where … [Read More]

Supporting the LGBTQ #SQLFamily

September 23, 2019 Andy 0

I won’t be at PASS Summit this year, so unlike last year, I won’t be organizing an LGBTQ Meetup at PASS Summit. I’m hoping that even without the meetup, all my LGBTQ #SQLFamily friends will still get together for some fun and networking. Keep scrolling … [Read More]

When to put a non-clustered index on your clustering key

September 3, 2019 Andy 1

There is a corner case where it makes sense to have a non-clustered index “duplicating” the clustered index. If you have a query that frequently scans the table, and ONLY makes use of the clustering key column, the query optimizer will prefer to use the non-clustered index.

Why does ALTER let me DROP?

August 28, 2019 Andy 3

I was recently chatting with a coworker, discussing why there is no discrete DROP permission for tables, procedures, etc. The conversation actually came from a #SQLHelp question on SQL Slack that was asked along the lines of “What if I want to let a user … [Read More]

Data Blogger Resource Kit

May 27, 2019 Andy 1

When I started out blogging 5 years ago, there was a lot that I didn’t know. I figured things out as I went. The FreeCon helped give me a giant push in the right direction. But there are some things that nobody ever tells you. … [Read More]

Year 5: May 2018 – May 2019

May 22, 2019 Andy 3

In my last few posts, I’ve walked down memory lane, and talked about a ton of great successes I’ve had in my five years as blogger & speaker. It’s been fun to reminisce about how far I’ve come and brag about some success. Today’s post … [Read More]

Year 4: May 2017 – May 2018

May 21, 2019 Andy 0

In Year Three, I had a pretty big year. I kind of felt like I had peaked. I had received the Community Influencer of the Year Award and Microsoft MVP Award. Where do you go from there? Mostly, I just wanted to keep up what … [Read More]

Year 3: May 2016 – May 2017

May 20, 2019 Andy 0

In Year Three, my goal was to keep focused on what I learned in the FreeCon the year before, and keep moving forward with speaking and blogging. I was putting a bit more effort into my speaking (and thus easing off on the blogging some).