To Get Total Number of Columns In a Table In SQL Server

Introduction In this simple article, lets explore to get total number of columns in a table in SQL Server Example SELECT COUNT(COLUMN_NAME) AS [Number of Columns] FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS WHERE TABLE_CATALOG = 'PracticalWorks' AND TABLE_SCHEMA = 'Demo' AND TABLE_NAME = 'OrderDetails' Fig. 1 Number of Columns in a Table From the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS table we can find... Continue Reading →

Altering Column – From NULL to NOT NULL in SQL Server

Introduction When working in SQL Server tables, sometimes we may need to change a column that allows NULL to NOT NULL. This change is required as part of business requirement, that is definitely this column contains value or else as part of performance improvements, we may be in need to change the column from NULL... Continue Reading →

Execution Time of Stored Procedures In SQL Server

Introduction When working in SQL Server Stored Procedures, we are keen about the execution time of it. Its very simple to find execution time of stored procedures in SQL Server. Execution Time Its simple to figure out the execution time of stored procedures using SET STATISTICS TIME ON. SET STATISTICS TIME ON EXEC [Sales].[pGetSalesDetails] After... Continue Reading →

Different Ways To Get Table Column Names In SQL Server

Introduction In this simple article, we will discuss different ways to find the particular table's column names in SQL Server. Method One The first approach is using the system table sys.columns. This table results many columns, but we are interested only in the column name, so I am selecting name column from the sys.columns table,... Continue Reading →

Power BI Basic Data Transformation Technique

Introduction When working in a large set of Data, definitely we cannot use the data as it is. We need to perform some refinements so that we can exactly look into the data in which we are interested. In Power BI, this process is called Data Transformation, which can be done in different ways. In... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Power BI Tips and Tricks – Power BI Dashboard Tutorials

Introduction Who will say to NO to know some tips and tricks which will improve our productivity and also makes task simpler. In this article, we will discuss some important simple tips and tricks in Power BI to create Dashboards and reports. 5 Simple Tips and Tricks If we want to keep same visualization for... 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 Ending With Vowels in MS SQL Server

Introduction Sometime we may need to select the column results that the string ends with Vowels. In this article, We will have a look, How to select the columns results ending with Vowels. In one of the articles, we discussed how to select names Starting with Vowels, please refer that article here. Example As an... 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 →

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 →

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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