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  • How to Source Control Your Databases for DevOps

    A robust DevOps environment requires having continuous integration for every component of the system. But far too often, the database is omitted from the equation. In this article, we discuss the unique aspects of databases, both relational and NoSQL, in a successful continuous integration environment.

  • Introduction to SQL Server Containers

    Containers are just around the corner for the Windows community, and this article takes a closer look at using SQL Server containers. The author discusses the value, use cases, and means for taking advantage of SQL Server containers today.

  • Big Data Solutions with MS SQL ColumnStore Index

    Columnar data storage can offer significant performance improvements over the way database tables are traditionally stored, but they aren’t always faster. Aleksandr Shavlyuga explores the power, and limitations of SQL Server’s ColumnStore Indexes.

  • SQL Server Source Control and Deployment with Visual Studio

    The holy grail of database development is the ability to treat database objects (tables, views, stored procedures, etc.) as if they were just like any other form of source code. While SQL Server Data Tools doesn’t quite that level, it gets very close.

  • Introduction to Red Gate’s SQL Source Control

    It’s unthinkable for modern application developers to work without source control. The benefits it brings to software development are so well and so long understood that even lone hobbyist developers will tend to employ a source control system. Yet somehow, databases are often left out. David Atkinson shows how this doesn’t have to be the case with Red Gate’s SQL Source Control.

  • Testing SQL Server Code with TST

    Automated Testing (unit/integration) is an integral part of any agile development process. However a project with significant logic housed in database code creates severe constraints to writing unit level tests, especially if it is large, complex and depend on data. We will explore the TST framework and a few ideas for writing and maintaining good tests for database code.

  • Using Entity Framework to Successfully Target Multiple Databases

    Yevhen Shchyholyev discusses some of the problems that the user may face in the process of developing an application with Entity Framework that interacts with Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite as well as SQL Server. It is intended to be useful to both developers using one of these databases for the first time as well as for those who regularly interaction with multiple databases.

  • SQL Server Reporting Services and Working with Overlay Data

    In this article, Grzegorz Gogolowicz and Trent Swanson tackle the problem of generating reports in SQL Server Reporting Services when the source is scanned images and other supplied formats yet a fixed layout report or pixel perfect report is the desired outcome.

  • Book Excerpt and Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server

    With SQL Server 2000's hitting its end of life date next April, many shops that have been delaying the upgrade to SQL Server 2005 need to start looking at it seriously. This is why we have chosen to review the seventh edition of William Vaughn's Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server.

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