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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives

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This is not an ordinary SQL Server Book. SQL Server MVP Deep Dives brings together the world's most highly-regarded SQL Server experts to create a masterful collection of tips, techniques, and experience-driven best practices for SQL Server development and administration. These SQL Server MVPs-53 in all-each selected a topic of great interest to them, and in this unique book, they share their knowledge and passion with you. SQL Server MVP Deep Dives is organized into five parts: Design and Architecture, Development, Administration, Performance Tuning and Optimization, and Business Intelligence. Within each part, you'll find a collection of brilliantly concise and focused chapters that take on key topics like mobile data strategies, Dynamic Management Views, or query performance. The range of subjects covered is comprehensive, from database design tips to data profiling strategies for BI. Additionally, the authors of this book have generously donated 100% of their royalties to support War Child International. War Child International is a network of independent organizations, working across the world to help children affected by war. War Child was founded upon a fundamental goal: to advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war. War Child works in many different conflict areas around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children every year. Visit www.warchild.org for more information.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dedication
  3. Brief Table of Contents
  4. Table of Contents
  5. List of Figures
  6. List of Tables
  7. List of Listings
  8. MVP contributors and their chapters
  9. Preface
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. About War Child
  12. About this Book
  13. About SQL Server MVPs
  14. Part 1. Database design and architecture
  15. Chapter 1. Louis and Paul’s 10 key relational database design ideas
  16. Chapter 2. SQL Server tools for maintaining data integrity
  17. Chapter 3. Finding functional dependencies
  18. Part 2. Database Development
  19. Chapter 4. Set-based iteration, the third alternative
  20. Chapter 5. Gaps and islands
  21. Chapter 6. Error handling in SQL Server and applications
  22. Chapter 7. Pulling apart the FROM clause
  23. Chapter 8. What makes a bulk insert a minimally logged operation?
  24. Chapter 9. Avoiding three common query mistakes
  25. Chapter 10. Introduction to XQuery on SQL Server
  26. Chapter 11. SQL Server XML frequently asked questions
  27. Chapter 12. Using XML to transport relational data
  28. Chapter 13. Full-text searching
  29. Chapter 14. Simil: an algorithm to look for similar strings
  30. Chapter 15. LINQ to SQL and ADO.NET Entity Framework
  31. Chapter 16. Table-valued parameters
  32. Chapter 17. Build your own index
  33. Chapter 18. Getting and staying connected—or not
  34. Chapter 19. Extending your productivity in SSMS and Query Analyzer
  35. Chapter 20. Why every SQL developer needs a tools database
  36. Chapter 21. Deprecation feature
  37. Chapter 22. Placing SQL Server in your pocket
  38. Chapter 23. Mobile data strategies
  39. Part 3. Database Administration
  40. Chapter 24. What does it mean to be a DBA?
  41. Chapter 25. Working with maintenance plans
  42. Chapter 26. PowerShell in SQL Server
  43. Chapter 27. Automating SQL Server Management using SMO
  44. Chapter 28. Practical auditing in SQL Server 2008
  45. Chapter 29. My favorite DMVs, and why
  46. Chapter 30. Reusing space in a table
  47. Chapter 31. Some practical issues in table partitioning
  48. Chapter 32. Partitioning for manageability (and maybe performance)
  49. Chapter 33. Efficient backups without indexes
  50. Chapter 34. Using database mirroring to become a superhero!
  51. Chapter 35. The poor man’s SQL Server log shipping
  52. Chapter 36. Understated changes in SQL Server 2005 replication
  53. Chapter 37. High-performance transactional replication
  54. Chapter 38. Successfully implementing Kerberos delegation
  55. Chapter 39. Running SQL Server on Hyper-V
  56. Part 4. Performance Tuning and Optimization
  57. Chapter 40. When is an unused index not an unused index?
  58. Chapter 41. Speeding up your queries with index covering
  59. Chapter 42. Tracing the deadlock
  60. Chapter 43. How to optimize tempdb performance
  61. Chapter 44. Does the order of columns in an index matter?
  62. Chapter 45. Correlating SQL Profiler with PerfMon
  63. Chapter 46. Using correlation to improve query performance
  64. Chapter 47. How to use Dynamic Management Views
  65. Chapter 48. Query performance and disk I/O counters
  66. Chapter 49. XEVENT: the next event infrastructure
  67. Part 5. Business intelligence
  68. Chapter 50. BI for the relational guy
  69. Chapter 51. Unlocking the secrets of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
  70. Chapter 52. Reporting Services tips and tricks
  71. Chapter 53. SQL Server Audit, change tracking, and change data capture
  72. Chapter 54. Introduction to SSAS 2008 data mining
  73. Chapter 55. To aggregate or not to aggregate—is there really a question?
  74. Chapter 56. Incorporating data profiling in the ETL process
  75. Chapter 57. Expressions in SQL Server Integration Services
  76. Chapter 58. SSIS performance tips
  77. Chapter 59. Incremental loads using T-SQL and SSIS
  78. Index