SARG is short for Search Argument. This is an important tuning term and something every developer and DBA should know. I plan to do a few blogs on this topic and today marks the first.
The one and only important factor in monitoring is data. How much of x and how little of y? If you don’t know these values then you’re shooting in the dark. Microsoft has done a great job adding critical data points over the years; but, what happens when the data you need doesn’t exist?
Sometimes it helps to go back to the basics and indexing is always a great topic. SQL Server has a wide variety of indexes; but, today we’re going classic and talking about Non-clustered indexes.
Simple post today: How to compare two plans in SSMS.
This task is a task that is often done by a DBA or developer who is wanting to compare changes of an index or perhaps even comparing queries between DEV and PROD.
While at Microsoft, I learned a lot from a lot of great people, such as Joe Sack, David Pless, and Tunji O. I try to pay forward the knowledge that these great people have bestowed on me.
Designing a rock solid application and database can be difficult. New features and overlapping features mean that you’re able to accomplish a single task in many ways. For instance the numeric and decimal data types. Which should you use?Read More »
If you’ve read my blog, I’m sure by now you know that I have no love for GUI tools. I will say they are improving every day and maybe, just maybe, we will see the day when you can click happily away and do everything you want. Sadly, this is not the day.
A while back, SSMS added the “Missing Index” data to the graphical query plan. They even made it really easy to add.
Foreign keys are an interesting feature of relational databases. They help enforce data integrity, sometimes help improve performance by eliminating joins, and sometimes slow down DML operations (inserts, updates, and deletes).