Connect To SQL Server – Back to Basics

The first critical task any data professional should ever learn how to do is how to connect to SQL Server. Without a connection to SQL Server, there is barely anything one could do to be productive in the data professional world (for SQL Server).

An Experiment with Deadlocks

There seems to be a myth out there that when deadlocks come a-knocking, then just throw this little directive (ROWLOCK) at it and all will be well. This is total fiction and we will explore that in this article.

The Curiously Large CASE Statement

A powerful little expression in SQL Server is the CASE statement. The CASE statement has the ability to “transform” data per business rules to help better understand the data in a given query. In the simplest form, the CASE statement is a statement that evaluates a list of conditions (in order) and returns the first matching result expressions.

Disk Space and SQL Server

One of the frequently required job functions of the database administrator is to track disk space consumption. Whether this requirement comes from management or fromĀ a learning opportunity after a production outage, the need exists.