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3:56 AM
You need to better define your requirements and explain why the most obvious solutions are not possible. Why can't you create a linked server on server 1? Why can't you use OPENQUERY? Why can't you create a view? It's frustrating for people to offer all kinds of suggestions and for you to just shoot them all down with no explanation. Maybe the explanation will help people come up with a different solution. As it stands, it's not fair to say "how do I do x?" and then respond with "nope, can't do that." "nope, can't do that." "nope, can't do that." — Aaron Bertrand ♦ 29 mins ago
^----- pin the answer on the problem
@AaronBertrand great comment, just what I was thinking.
4:58 AM
wondering if there is anything more painful than loading bulk data out of a NoSQL solution like Couch.....
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9:49 AM
Anyone understand the opening sentence of this answer?
A: When you type an SQL query in interpreter, what does happen?

retracementIt is not particularly fair for you to ask a question that you don't know the answer to. However the four key stages (in SQL Server) and other database engines are: Parsing (creates a parse tree) Binding (generates algebrized tree) Query Optimization (generates and selects good enough query plan...

@PaulWhite It baffled me, too. I guess they want to say something about the question being an interview one but I can't get really what the point is.
Glad it's not just me.
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11:13 AM
@PaulWhite @ypercube Works fine for me. Q: "Actully this question is asked in an interview from me." A: "It is not particularly fair for you to ask a question that you don't know the answer to."
@MikaelEriksson Ah, that explains it.
But I doubt that the OP had asked the question. I'd bet on being asked. and language barriers.
12:14 PM
Very creative. I do think the OP was the interviewee though.
12:37 PM
100 million rows, no key. Struggling for an analogy.
Q: How to split one big table that has 100 million data to multiple tables?

Tushar MaruI have one database in Sql server 2012 and in that there is one table that has more than 100 million data and I wanted to split that table to multiple similar table with 1 million data in each table. What is the best way to achieve this and faster. I have tried paging but its take too much time...

@AaronBertrand i got nothing
"Go find my car in the (massive) parking lot. It's the black one."
I like it
"On the beach, it's the seashell near the water."
I think I'm going to open a pivot consulting service.
12:52 PM
Your tagline could be "we pivot till we're blue in the feet"
@AaronBertrand that's perfect
@bluefeet "Bluefeet Pivot LLC"
Wow, fun conversation here
Q: Why create a temporary table in a stored procedure?

PopasRecently I got the following question: In a stored procedure, you need to create a temporary table. When it is efficient to create an index on that temporary table? Then my question was... why would we want to create a temporary table in a stored procedure? Thanks for your help!!

@LittleBobbyTables Not getting into the argument about temp table vs. table variable (lots of misconceptions shown here; people should read this in full). But just FYI you can put a primary key (clustered) on a table variable in any version of SQL Server, so it's not entirely true that you can't put indexes on them. And in SQL Server 2014 you can define additional indexes inline, too. — Aaron Bertrand 23 secs ago
@AaronBertrand Much fun.
@AaronBertrand in 2014 do table variables still have no stats?
1:07 PM
@JNK there's a trace flag to help with some of that: sqlperformance.com/2014/06/t-sql-queries/…
deprecated or not still better than Access — Steven Wood 3 mins ago
It's stranglin' time
This is why it was a COMMENT and not an ANSWER. Since it seems like you are just starting out in this project because you haven't even made a single successful connection yet, and since a lot of people don't know that Compact is deprecated and shouldn't be used, I thought it might be helpful to bring it up. If you don't find it helpful, well, tough beans. The next reader might. Sorry for trying to help you but I'm going to leave my comments here because other readers might be a bit more appreciative. — Aaron Bertrand 13 secs ago
@AaronBertrand sounds like my excitement from yesterday
Seriously, these are the types of people that are going to drive SO into the ground and turn it into MSDN forums.
What can you do
Just have more kids...
Teach them to not go on SO
1:26 PM
good grief
I saw that
another satisfied pivot customer
Holy sh** dude! You are soo amazing. Thats it what i was talking about. I tried the think with the MAX() but didnt SUM() every record before the MAX(). Excellent, thank you very much for your patience and time reading my cryptic post. Im wondering how can i solve the issue with the NULL values in c_Meaning. Once there is a column with c_Meaning_1 i want that for each record there is the value "Wareneingang:" and so on.. — JollyPopper 4 mins ago
@AaronBertrand wud u mind following me please? need to dm you, tku.
@AaronBertrand @kekline recommended I seek ur opinion on something..do u mind following me to dm u? tku much.
seems legit
1:35 PM
I told him to send me an e-mail because that conversation on twitter would be f'ing alphabet soup
wt d u mn?
is hlpfl tku
I try to envision people who type like that as English aristocrats with tea and crumpets.
It makes it much more bearable and amusing.
You are far more kind than I am
@AaronBertrand I don't think I'd even respond to that tweet.
1:36 PM
@bluefeet I didn't to the first one, but apparently Kevin set me up for this
Mal is female
And DNF Indian
dot not feather
oh brother
I think she runs the Atlanta SSUG.
1:45 PM
@billinkc How is that (Mal = female)?
Malathi (lots more letters in there)
@billinkc Ah, OK. I guess that's her: beyondrelational.com/modules/2/blogs/71/…
2:01 PM
The world sucks. Ebola, enterovirus... what's next? Can I live in a bubble?
@AaronBertrand don't forget about ISIS
I'm not too worried about ISIS beheading me
The other two, though, are legitimate concerns (as my daughter plays at a day care with 30 other kids)
"Microsoft MVP beheaded"
I assume none of y'all work with Power Query
wats dat
2:06 PM
I like Dairy Queen though, is that close?
Power Query is an add on for Excel 2010/2013 that uses a functional language to provide a safer scripting thing
I'll take a cookie dough blizzard please
@billinkc I used it once
and that was all
@AaronBertrand no way, me too
Q: how get startDate -1 in sql script?

NinjaDeveloperI'm trying to get the start_date -1 to update my database record select start_date -1 from mytable

2:11 PM
VtC Tip of the iceburg
Dumb question - why FILE_IDEX instead of FILE_ID or FILE_INDEX?
@AaronBertrand because not FILE_INDX
Is this like RAISERROR (raise roar), where someone made a typo when they first entered it into the code, and they decided fixing it would be too much hassle?
backwards compatibility mang
Someone created that code long before there was anything to go backwards to
2:16 PM
There's no compensation for fixing things. It's all about what new functionality you ad
@Zane no longer has a trade mark / service mark on mega man
Q: How do I choose which row will appear (field value) when I use "group by"?

EASII have a select that should show only rows that p02_nrcelular field are repeated (like if there is more than one row with same value) but using group by to show only one of each. The problem is, when they are repeated, teh p02_fgorigem field has different values of 0 and 1 in each row. The value...

@AaronBertrand I guess EX stands for "Expression"?
"File ID Expression"
We should just refer to everyone that uses the Mega Man logo as Zane
> Returns the file identification (ID) number
2:19 PM
That EX is for extended. DATABASEPROPERTY had the base properties, DATABASEPROPERTYEX has a bunch of additional ones.
(Why they needed a second function, I have no idea.)
Also interesting that FILE_ID is deprecated, but FILE_IDEX is not. I think they got that decision backwards.
Could it be a deprecation process? (Add a new FUNCTIONEX, deprecate FUNCTION in future version, ...)?
Yeah maybe. The concept of overloading is lost on them (except they did it with RAISERROR, funny enough, they deprecated some forms of it...)
They didn't have to make a RAISERROREX
because we have throw
Oh and Windows 10 installs just fine on Hyper-V. I know, you're all shocked
2:34 PM
Yeah works fine in VMWare Workstation and VMWare Fusion, too. With Parallels you have to do a little tweaking and also suffer compromises.
I don't get the compromised start menu
Half old-style, half live tiles
And it doesn't take over your screen
Also look at this - actual quick access to things without having to find metro's G-spot
Maybe it's because I never got the "live tiles" but I don't know why I'd want big fat tiles when I have little icons doing the same thing
@AaronBertrand I do like my shells to do what I tell them, and preferably without side effects.
2:40 PM
They buried control panel even further from us
@billinkc same
Not really - see above screen shot. Just right-click the start button. I did not customize anything there.
I am hating the start menu in win 8.1
I was unaware of that option. I had to dig down through things to find the classic Control Panel icon
2:42 PM
Also shell has some new options, like finally supporting Ctrl+V for once (instead of putting ^V there, how annoying was that)
I was elated that they made the defaults like QuickInsert the actual default
So far Windows 10 is actually tolerable. I haven't wanted to throw my computer out the window yet, which is a stark contrast to every time I touch Windows 8
Also I think it's hilarious they had to name it Windows 10 because of all the code out there that parses "Windows 9%" for 95/98.
(Honestly I don't think they give a sh*t about that - I think it's another catch-up gimmick, like Word jumping to v6 to catch up with WordPerfect.)
3:07 PM
Ah, wordPerfect, the memories
@AaronBertrand do you have a source for that?
Someone posted it to redit
3:16 PM
SE CDN seems to be down (making the site terribly slow and unresponsive). Anyone else?
i'd probably be gone from here if i wasnt paid so well
3:38 PM
It seems a little ridiculously screwed down over there.
I don't have an iPhone but this would be fun to do to anyone that does
The GIF image for messaging is a pretty good.
@AaronBertrand yeah. we're not going to win8 or win9/10
@ShawnMelton I've done the wallpaper one on desktops on April 1
Yeah the desktop one is always a good one
i just change the mouse orientation and the screen with ctrl+alt (up|down|left|right)
3:53 PM
@swasheck Oh I can understand enterprise standards on operating systems, and that those move like glaciers. But blocking you from imgur and reddit and just about every other useful site on the internet is pretty stupid.
@AaronBertrand it is pretty stupid. i had to beg to have sqlperformance.com and the sqlsentry.tv site unblocked.
it's very "old south" here ... if it's foreign then it's suspect
I can't imagine being responsible for a whitelist for Internet domains. Not because it would be hard for me to come up with a list of things I want you to be able to see, but because I'd spend the rest of my career handling exceptions.
i guess it's all in what you value. we value fear, stupidity, and wasted salary
4:09 PM
I can't understand why local library here that I will go to and work sometimes (work from home here) will let me get to stackoverflow.com but not dba.se
4:28 PM
Suspect it's similar to wells - they keep a good list, not a naughty list
This user has me shaking my head very much dba.stackexchange.com/users/47194/shiningstar
4:48 PM
@billinkc their questions are 5 stars
i think it's a crock that users can't drop into negative numbers for rep
5 stars out of a googol
out of 22 lakhs
can this terribad question get 33 lakhs of likes?
@James I don't know what on earth that is but you should delete it. — Aaron Bertrand 23 secs ago
4:58 PM
@AaronBertrand Did that apply to their SQL statement or something else?
yay!!!!! more territorial pissings in meta
Q: Can we talk about the voting culture here on Meta?

StijnI'd like to start with saying that I emailed @Shog9 back in August with the text below, because I'm not a particularly good writer, and I was hoping he'd be able to write up a nice post here. A couple weeks ago I learned that he's quite a busy person, so I'm posting myself now. That being said......

@billinkc the comment - I didn't even realize that was the OP.
I respectfully disagree with Damien's comment there. A clean address was vital to our clients when I worked at the marketing firm. It allowed us to improve our deduplication efforts and lead to lower mailing costs
@billinkc that doesn't make the problem easy to solve, especially for someone who doesn't even know how REPLACE() works
But he only said that this is a rare case. He could be right on that.
And that it is not easy to clean the address database. Which I guess you agree.
5:13 PM
I guess I was fixated on the "rare case" part
So Microsoft put on a private Lync call on Windows 10 yesterday. Lync, unfortunately, has an inherent limit of 250 people, so lots of people were turned away.
250 people, max. Even if you're Microsoft.
But we have downloads so as long as you don't want to interactively ask questions, it's fine
250 people is the limit for Lync conf calls?
is that the takeaway?
Seems like it, though not sure if voice only is different from video
That or they're dumb in trying to dogfood their own product when it's woefully inadequate to handle the traffic
5:21 PM
That could be it too. At least the recording doesn't have Mandarin over-dubbing
we use lync here. we love it so much that we're evaluating polycom and cisco
> I tryed everything
somehow I doubt that
Q: Sql Server Manager Error

Grafovid PrintCan somebody resolve this query for me please. CREATE TABLE[dbo].[Kupci] ( UserIduniqueidentifierFOREIGN KEYREFERENCESaspnet_Users (UsersId) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, Ime NVARCHAR (50) NOT NULL, Prezime NVARCHAR (50) NOT NULL, Telefon NVARCHAR(50)NOT NULL, Email NVARCHAR(50)NOT N...

today, i am in a bad mood
what about ritual, vegetable sacrifice? did you try that? — swasheck 22 secs ago
@billinkc ... i thought that size didnt matter
It doesn't. As long as you're satisfied, that's all that matters
Who's abe?
> put on hold as off-topic by Abe Miessler, Lamak, Aaron Bertrand, Kermit, swasheck 14 secs ago
5:24 PM
dem lurkers
@Kermit at least he's honest
I'd give trouble shooting on your own a shot before you come here. This is a pretty basic error, and if you look at some example create table scripts I'm betting you will see the problem very quickly. If not, come back here, tell us what you tried and where you are stuck. Voting to close for now. — Abe Miessler 6 mins ago
Huh, I'm sure this isn't a bad data issue at all. Contract entered into force 2014-04-09 but it was terminated for new business (basically a newer version) on 2008-06-01
@billinkc you should use mongo for that
I miss the Too Minor edit reject reason
Seems my mood is a bit foul as well
Dem points
Just got a down vote on one of my SO answers that has over 100 upvotes. Really asshole? my answer is downvote worthy?
5:34 PM
Too bad tweets can't be down-voted.
Honest Abe
@vongillern Entitled much? They're 2 whole magic unicorn points. Relax and go have a drink - away from the computer.
i feel like i missed something
no idea why that was all deleted
5:46 PM
@swasheck that's how I felt last week
when y'all discussed the PASS stuff. I came back and everything was removed
so, cleaning up
@bluefeet sorry, same idea, can't leave that stuff sitting around in the clear
@AaronBertrand definitely don't want the heap to get their heads chopped off
@bluefeet that's because we were talking about real people. this is clearly not a person
@AaronBertrand no problem. I just read the deleted stuff
your wish is my command
5:48 PM
... but you should learn to spell. that's not the proper english use of the letter, "q"
is that one of his products?
No this is from a Microsoft slide deck
5:54 PM
There are other typos on the same deck, too
maybe they just really like Ginger
We have reimagined the dictionary
6:16 PM
I don't mess with SASS beyond installing it but saw that client wants to install an instance of SQL Server with SASS, but have a database on it with just procedural code. To populate SASS cubes they would need to talk to an database instance that has data to pulls the data into SASS cubes right? Is that data strictly stored in the SASS database and not within database engine database?
SSAS is going to store its own copy of the data in its internal storage system. But yes, when it goes to process the cube, it needs to be able to talk to the source database
I think I parsed your question correctly ;)
Yeah that is what I was looking for and what I thought from reading a bit.
Funny part they won't this on a data warehouse server that houses a DW for medical data...I see a security issue alone with just having prod and dev on the same server.
the processing of cubes with SASS would seem to be something that would greatly affect performance wouldn't it?
@ShawnMelton yes
When you go to process a cube, it beats the every loving sh*t out of the database
It runs distinct queries to ensure the keys you defined really are unique, pulls back all the data in the tables/named queries you've defined, etc
Yes they should probably read the data off a secondary on a different machine (restored backup, log shipped copy, etc)
6:20 PM
It can be quite the site to behold
@ShawnMelton more if the source database and ssas are on the same server. but the read queries will still be pretty demanding on the source database even if they're on separate servers.
@AaronBertrand's idea about using a read-only copy as the source is good
Yeah, I don't even know why they would want this all on one box
^--- Canadian
Most of the cube processing I've looked at involes lots of giant sorts that tend to spill to TempDB
We have some pretty bad SSAS cubes at work. It makes me sad.
The dimensions have string keys. As I understand it, that means we have to remove data and do a full process every week to avoid running into this limit: francescodechirico.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/…
6:26 PM
@James Nasty!
What is generally used to view the processed data in SASS cubes?
@ShawnMelton Mostly Excel I think. The cube browser in SSMS if you're a DBA.
I talked to a company that had some .NET web apps that used cubes as data sources, but haven't got the impression that this is a common use case.
SSRS is not common use then?
It is, well can be
Depends on whether they build reports out using SSRS or just have them build their own via Excel
6:33 PM
Or both, some click paths are common but there's always the one person who only knows what they want when they see it
Q: How To Remove Space From Middle Of String

James YoukhanisTrying to get rid of a space. Current Results: P O BOX 140 Desired Results: PO BOX 140 --This script did not work update table set column= replace(column, 'P O', 'PO') from table

"A: With an application layer."
Is this guy really going to walk through every single use case he comes across and post a bad question about it?
@AaronBertrand Only if people keep answering, I guess.
@James easily solved
7:10 PM
Resetting the comment timer is obnoxious
7:55 PM
first time ever seeing these query plan operators
@swasheck what's that from?
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