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Tackling Corona Virus Long Term

At this point it seems Corona and its impact is here for the long term. As the days go by I see even more people taking extreme measures often out of fear or a lack of understanding the problem. Social media and Whatsapp has played its share too. The spread of Corona can happen through… Read More »

DB Options – ANSI WARNINGS | ANSI PADDING and more In this video we cover multiple database options most of which are fairly easy to understand and don’t really require significant research before being set. Often these settings are enabled by default and Microsoft recommends they remain that way. Some of the options we cover are listed below ANSI WARNINGS – Must be set… Read More »

DB Options: SET ANSI Nulls ANSI NULLS dictate how SQL Server responds when the equal to (=) operator is used to check for NULLs. Keep in mind that the IS NULL condition works regardless of what ANSI NULL setting is used. When ANSI NULLS are ON using a query like ColA =NULL will not return any results. Setting ANSI… Read More »

DB Options: – ANSI NULL DEFAULT ON Another one of the database options which doesn’t serve any real purpose. As shown in this video the setting is overridden by session level settings so it doesn’t make sense to set it at Database level. This option default the NULLAbility of columns when creating the table or altering it. When set to off… Read More »

DB Options: – AUTO UPDATE STATS / ASYNC In this video we are going to talk about auto update statistics. This is a feature in the database engine that automatically triggers a stat update when data has been updated beyond a threshold. In previous versions of SQL server this thresh hold was 500 rows followed by every 20% increase in the count… Read More »

String split using full text indexes

Recently I needed a way to extract keywords from email messages in order to create a list of noise words for a spam filter as well as implement an auto complete kind of option for the search box. The first option that came to mind was to use Term extraction in a SSIS package. The… Read More »

Set based vs row by row (procedural code)

I was reading a blog about how to write procedural code today ( link below) and wanted to take a moment to explore another approach just to provide a more complete reference. To provide some context I am explaining the business case here. A hospital wants to identify people whose heights have changed over time… Read More »

Better Triage: Getting hospital care delivered properly

If you have seen my recent posts on LinkedIn you probably know that I am looking to interact with healthcare professionals to brainstorm ideas on how Triage can be improved. In this post I will cover what Triage is and some common issues identified with the process and my attempt at a solution. I am… Read More »