Here is an easy way to get (extract) all of the characters before a special character in a string. In our example we have a listing of email addresses and we want to get the name before the @domain.
Starting with SQL Server 2012, Microsoft has included analytic functions within the database. A couple that I use often, Lag and Lead, are very handy when you need to reference a previous or next row in a table without having to use self-joins or having to create a complicated sql statement.
Here is a useful technique to know. We have a delivery service and we want to know what hour of the day is most popular for completed deliveries. Using the DATEPART function, this can be easily calculated.
Here is a way to find out information about your SQL Server instance using TSQL. You can query all kinds of properties, for example, what edition are you running, what server is it on, etc.
You can also restore your SQL Server database using T-SQL instead of SSMS. Today I will show you how to do an easy recovery with restoring just a full backup and another scenario of restoring a full backup and any available transaction logs.
In last weeks posting, we created our first SSIS package which queried a database and saved the information to a file so we could send the information to a user. This week we are going to modify that same package to save the file with the date and time included in the filename.
What is SSIS? It stands for SQL Server Integration Services which may be used for building high performance data integration and workflow solutions, including extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) operations for data warehousing. Today I am going to show you a simple solution on how to extract data and save it to a file. This exercise will show some commonly used elements to creating a lot of different solutions.