SQL Server

SQL Server 2019 is out…now.

After just one release candidate, Microsoft has decided it’s ready to go, apparently! Well, kinda: the official build in the release notes is 15.0.2000.5, and there’s already a “servicing update” to 15.0.2070.41. I’m not sure I wanna know what’s going on there. Anyhoo, SQL Server 2019 is available for download now. This also means it’s…
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Data Driven Podcast

Podcast: Data Driven Inteview w/Me

I had the pleasure yesterday of spending an hour chatting with Andy Leonard and Frank La Vigne for the Data Driven podcast. Some of the questions they asked me include: How did you find your way into data? What’s your favorite part of your current gig? Complete this sentence: when I’m not working, I enjoy…
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Brent Reading Book

Poll: what’s in your development database?

When the developers at your company are working on building an app, where do they work? Production, a development database restored from production, or a development database with made-up contents? One-question poll, and you can watch the live results. I’ll post the results and my thoughts on Friday. I know what I see regularly out…
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Finding Froid’s Limits: Testing Inlined User-Defined Functions

This week, I’ve been writing about how SQL Server 2019’s bringing a few new features to mitigate parameter sniffing, but they’re more complex than they appear at first glance: adaptive memory grants, air_quote_actual plans, and adaptive joins. Today, let’s talk about another common cause of wildly varying durations for a single query: user-defined functions. Scalar…
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New columns in existing objects

New Objects, Columns, and Messages in SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.3

Sure, there’s official documentation on what’s new in SQL Server 2019, but Microsoft’s notorious for slipping undocumented stuff in. Sometimes these new features become officially documented in subsequent preview builds, like CTP 2.2’s initial plumbing for Accelerated Database Recovery that went officially public in CTP 2.3, and other times they never see the light of…
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