When should I use a CTE?

If I had a dollar for every CTE solution to a simple query in the forums (pick any SQL forum), I’d be Mark Cuban. With that said I thought it would be a good idea to ask if a CTE was actually the right solution or if it’s just the new trend and everyone uses them just because they can and all the cool kids are too. Let’s put it this way: If I had a dollar for every time a CTE was misused, I’d be Mark Cuban… or at least Robert Herjavec.

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I’m speaking at SQL Saturday 563 in Dallas

This will be my second time speaking at SQL Saturday in Dallas. My first was last year and it was a great time. I enjoyed hanging out with all the attendees and speakers. Who wouldn’t want to have a chat with Kalen Delaney or Bob Ward? The Dallas edition of SQL Saturday is on 9/24 in Arlington at the University of Texas.  Be sure to set the date I’m sure this will be a lot of fun and there will be plenty to learn!

My session is A DBA’s guide to whole stack performance troubleshooting. You’ll want to check this out.

You can register for this free event here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/563/eventhome.aspx

Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@SQLSME) and on LinkedIn!

I’m speaking at SQL Saturday 553 in Oklahoma City

This will be my first time speaking in Oklahoma on 8/27 in Oklahoma City. I’ve been to several customers there but have yet to meet people from the users groups.

My session is Analyze your query plan like a Microsoft Engineer! (SQL 2016 Edition). If you deal with tuning, monitoring, or developing queries for SQL Server, you’ll want to check this out.

You can register for this free event here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/553/eventhome.aspx

Inside the mind of a c# developer

I’ve been working with SQL Server  for 18 years and over that long span I’ve seen a lot of different techniques for tuning and development.

There are essentially two principles of development, Code First and Database First. Naturally, being a life long database professional I’d say that Database First is the only way to properly approach a project. You’d start with a business analyst gathering requirements, build out the database ERD, and then start coding.

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