Find Columns That Allows NULL In SQL Server

Introduction The columns in a table, that allows NULL in a database sometimes can lead to performance issues. The Nullable columns may be one of the reason to lead query to performance bad. By making columns NOT NULL can help the query to perform well. In this article we will discuss a simple way to... Continue Reading →

SQL Server Rank Functions

Introduction As like an Aggregate functions, the Ranking functions will rank the values of specified field and categorize them according to their rank . Ranking functions are most commonly used to find the top records based on conditions, example, to find the top ranking students, top highest paid employees and etc. Ranking Functions There are... Continue Reading →

T-SQL Query For Finding The Longest And Shortest names In A Table

Introduction In SQL Server, we can find the Longest String Value and Shortest String Value from the same table. To find the longest and shortest values, there are many ways, but in this article, we will discuss some simplest ways. Disclaimer: From this article, I am not sharing these are the only efficient ways to... Continue Reading →

MERGE Statement in SQL Server to Insert, Update, Delete Records

Introduction In a single transaction (MERGE Statement) we can perform Insert, Update and Delete records on a existing table based on the result comparison between important columns with another table. Which also means we no longer needs to write multiple T-SQL statements to handle Insert, Update, Delete. MERGE Statements To perform MERGE, we need two... Continue Reading →

Creating T-SQL Query Shortcuts in SQL Server Management Studio(SSMS)

Introduction Using keyboard shortcuts, it saves time, isn't it?. SQL Server Management Studio is also not an exception !!!. We can add our own custom keyboard shortcuts, that too for T-SQL query. Really cool !!!! How many of you know about this feature???. Do not worry if you did not know this before. Now you... Continue Reading →

Efficient Way Of Copying Database In SQL Server

Introduction Sometimes when working in Database, we may need to create another working copy of the current database or production database to check our new logic which should not affect the existing objects such as tables, stored procedures or etc. Example, suppose we may need to check few things using the Production database, but applying... Continue Reading →

One Drop Statement For Multiple Tables In SQL Server

Introduction When as a developer working in a database, which is in Development state, we may create some physical tables or temp tables to check the logic. Or based on the initial requirement we may have created more tables as part of Normalizing the data and our reviewer may suggest some better ideas to accommodate... Continue Reading →

List of Available Database for Current User In SQL Server

Introduction When working in the SQL Server, we may have to check some other databases other than the current one which we are working. In that scenario we may not be sure that does we have access to those Databases?. In this article we discuss the list of databases that are available for the current... Continue Reading →

Find Recently Modified Tables In SQL Server Database

Introduction SQL Server maintains a table to keep information about each tables that are created in appropriate databases. Its a System Table called as sys.tables. For every table created to the database, a new one record is created in the sys.tables table which contains information such as table name, object id of table, created date,... Continue Reading →

Azure Data Studio Tips And Tricks

Introduction Who will say NO to when they want to improve the speed and efficiency of writing SQL Queries?. Azure Data Studio has more features to improve efficient way of writing SQL Queries. In this article, we will have a look some Tips and Tricks in Azure Data Studio Command Palette If we want to... Continue Reading →

Select Names NOT Starting And NOT Ending With Vowels in MS SQL Server

Introduction Sometime we may need to select the column results that the string not starting and not ending with Vowels. In this article, We will have a look, How to select the columns results not starting and not ending with Vowels. In our previous articles we discussed how to select columns results  Select Names Starting With... Continue Reading →

Select Names NOT Ending With Vowels in MS SQL Server

Introduction In this article, We will have a look, How to select the columns results NOT ending with Vowels. In our previous articles we discussed how to select columns results starting with vowels and column results ending with vowels. Select Names Starting With Vowels in MS SQL ServerSelect Names Ending With Vowels in MS SQL... Continue Reading →

SQL Server String Functions

Introduction In this article, we will discuss about the SQL Server String Functions (built in functions) in SQL Server. String Functions in SQL Server ASCII() Return the ASCII code value of a character CHAR() Convert an ASCII value to a character CHARINDEX() Search for a substring inside a string starting from a specified location and... Continue Reading →

Retrieve Unsaved SQL Query Scripts

Introduction In this article, we will have a look how to retrieve the Unsaved SQL Query using T-SQL. Sometimes, we may close the Query Window or SSMS accidentally without saving. This may cause to loss the Queries which we where working. Retrieve Unsaved SQL Query using T-SQL Statement Apply the below T-SQL Statement in which... Continue Reading →

Create and Publish SQL Server Database Project With Visual Studio

Introduction Databases plays an important role in any project these days. It becomes too difficult to manage the objects such as Tables, Views, Procedures and Functions increases over the time and also difficult to manage when number of team members works in Database at the same time. And even after that when we manage the... Continue Reading →

Customize Azure Data Studio with Dashboard Widgets

Introduction Azure Data Studio is a free multi-platform database tool with built-in support for both SQL Server on-premises and Azure SQL Databases. These databases can be accessed in Azure Data Studio for numerous tasks like query editing, data development, built-in charting of T-SQL queries, etc. Database developers or Database Administrators often have a need to... Continue Reading →

Cycle Clipboard Ring In SSMS – Reuse Copied Items

Introduction As a developer, the most used shortcut keys are CTRL+C and CTRL+V i.e., copy and paste. But CTRL+C and CTRL+V allows us to copy paste the last item. But what happens if we want to paste more than one item that we copy or cut without going back? Cycle Clipboard Ring Cycle Clipboard Ring... Continue Reading →

Set custom colors to differentiate between environments in SSMS

Introduction Generally we have to shift between different environments within SQL Server Management Studio, as Dev Environment, Staging, Production, resulting in the creation of multiple query tabs. With each query tab connected to different environments. This leads to unmanageable sometimes and difficult to keep track of each environment. To resolve this confusion, SSMS provides us... Continue Reading →

Recover unsaved SQL queries in SSMS

Introduction During our productive hours, sometimes due to SSMS crashes or sudden machine reboots due to a windows update, during this time there is a possibility to lose the unsaved works / Script files. There is an option to recover our unsaved SQL queries in SSMS. How to recover unsaved SQL Queries By enabling the... Continue Reading →

Multiple Backup Files of the SQL Server database with SSMS and T-SQL

Introduction In this article, we will learn a simple tip to take multiple backup files of one Database. Sometime we may need more than one copy of a backup file in different file location and we can achieve that in two ways, either using T-SQL Query or using SSMS. T-SQL Statement BACKUP DATABASE [PracticalWorks] TO... Continue Reading →

Difference between CURRENT_TIMESTAMP vs GETDATE() vs SYSDATETIME() vs GETUTCDATE() in SQL Server

Introduction In this article, we will discuss the difference between CURRENT_TIMESTAMP , GETDATE() , SYSDATETIME() GETUTCDATE() in SQL Server. Even though all four SQL Server function returns the current date-time in SQL Server, there are some subtle differences between them. The main difference between GETDATE() and SYSDATETIME() is that GETDATE returns current date and time... Continue Reading →

Change Schema Name Of Table In MS SQL Server

Introduction In this article we will learn the trick to Move a Table from One Schema to Another Schema. Sometimes accidentally we might have given the incorrect name of a schema for the table while creating. But we can move the newly created table from one schema to another schema. Syntax ALTER SCHEMA NewSchemaName TRANSFER... Continue Reading →

5 Tips to Improve SQL Query Performance

Introduction In this article, I will share few SQL Tips for Boosting our SQL Query Performance. We nobody likes delay in response, right !!. Here are some simple changes that we have to make our query perform faster. The following is the flow of this write-up, Use Schema NameAlways Select ONLY required ColumnsUse NOT EXISTS... Continue Reading →

Select Names Starting With Vowels in MS SQL Server

Introduction Sometime we may need to select the column results that the string starts with Vowels. In this article, We will have a look, How to select the columns results starting with Vowels. Example As an example, we have a StudentDetails table, first lets select all the results from the table. SELECT [StudentId] ,[FirstName] ,[LastName]... Continue Reading →

Display Line Numbers in a SQL Server Management Studio Query Window (SSMS)

Introduction Sometimes when we encounter an error message for a T-SQL query while debugging. The SQL Server shows the error message along with the line number where the error has occurred. In this article, I will give a simple tip to enable the Line Number feature in SSMS. This feature is applicable to all versions... Continue Reading →

Get list of Tables & Views in MS SQL Server- sp_tables

Introduction Sometimes we may need to get all the tables and views from a database in MS SQL Server. By using T-SQL Statement sp_tables, we can retrieve a list of tables and views. Syntax sp_tables [ @table_name = 'Table name.' ] , [ @table_owner = 'The database user who created the table.' ] , [... Continue Reading →

Selecting Only EVEN or ODD Records from Tables – MS SQL SERVER

Introduction In this article, we will learn to Select only EVEN or ODD records from the MS SQL Server database table🤔. The efficient way to find the record belongs to even or odd is determining by the table's ID column. Select EVEN Records By applying the modulo operator by 2 for the ID column, we... Continue Reading →

Stored Procedure Performance Tuning

Introduction In the Database, we may be using Stored Procedures. Most of the time we are concerned about the performance of the Stored Procedures. In this article, I would like to share a few techniques to improve the stored procedure's performance to get better results in less time. Optimization Techniques SET NOCOUNT ON/OFF - When... Continue Reading →

Optimize your SQL Query – Replace Star (*) in Select Statement – MS SQL Server

Introduction Sometime we may need almost all the columns from a table result. In this scenario we use Star(*) in our select statement i.e. as SELECT * FROM TableName. Using Star(*) in the select statement is BAD. The best approach is selecting the table with column names. In this article we will learn how quickly... Continue Reading →

How to Store non-English Characters in SQL Server

Introduction Sometime, we may need to store non-English characters or multiple languages in our database. In this article, we will have a look at how to store non-English characters in SQL Server. VARCHAR vs NVARCHAR We can store non-English Characters in our database table using the data type NVARCHAR(). The N stands for Unicode. It... Continue Reading →

Backup Database using T-SQL Statements

Introduction In this article, We will discuss how to backup our database in MS-SQL Server using T-SQL Statements. We need to use BACKUP DATABASE statement to create full database backup, along with the name of Database and device to store the backup file. Syntax BACKUP DATABASE database_name TO device_name Example BACKUP DATABASE PracticalWorks TO DISK... Continue Reading →

Pinned tabs in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Introduction While working in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), we may need to open many query windows. But each time we may feel difficult to recognize the important query window which we need to refer frequently. There is an option, we can Pin the tabs which are mostly frequently referred. Pinning Tabs We can pin... Continue Reading →

Split Query Window in SQL Server Management Studio(SSMS)

Introduction Sometime we may write a long query in our query window and we may need to refer the objects or other part of the T-SQL frequently. For that we may be scrolling up and down in the query window. But we have an awesome option for that in the SQL Query Window, which many... Continue Reading →

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