Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to fix the fragmentation on heaps?

We know that heaps are the tables without clustered index on. It may have many non clustered index  (NCI) but still it is considered a heap. So consider a huge table (heap) that is fragmented. How would  you fix it? Technically, you cannot defrag a heap table.  But remember we have ALTER table REBUILD command which works very well on the heaps. But there is one big But. If you have many NCI on the table this command will rebuild all of them at once. What does it mean? It can produce transaction-log bloat which hits the over all performance. Think about the process the scan the log or perhaps Log Shipping job that needs to move the log file to the remote server. All this affects performance.

So, to answer the question ,we need to create a clustered index on that table..That is simple answer to the question.

Happy New Year to all!

Friday, May 10, 2013

One more method of using UNPIVOT command

Hi friends
I had recently a client who has a table with more than 90's column and his requirement was to return the all columns that IS NOT NULL. So starting with sample T-SQL you will need to filter each column to check for NULLs, like WHERE col1 IS NOT NULL or col2 IS NOT NULL... or perhaps even using an aggregation  to eliminate NULLs. But I found pretty nice solution, so take a look at below DDL. We have a table with number of columns (Dayn) to be checked for NULLs. I used simple UNPIVOT output of multiple rows into multiple columns in a single row.

UserId INT,
Day4 INt NULL,
Day8 INt NULL,
Day10 INt NULL

INSERT INTO @Table(UserId,
 Day1, Day2, Day3, Day4, Day5, Day6,Day7, Day8,Day9, Day10)
INSERT INTO @Table(UserId,
 Day1, Day2,  Day3, Day4,Day5, Day6,Day7, Day8,Day9, Day10)

SELECT UserId, Col_NotNull FROM @Table
UNPIVOT (Col_NotNull FOR DayNumber
IN (Day1, Day2,  Day3, Day4,Day5, Day6,Day7, Day8,Day9, Day10)) AS c

UserId Col_NotNull
1        20
1        3
2        50
2        25
2       15
2       5

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SQL Server 2012 IIF function may replace CASE expression?

Did you install already SQL Server 2012? Well, see a new T-SQL function named IIF you can use sometimes instead of CASE expression.


INSERT INTO #t VALUES (1),(2),(3)

DECLARE @a int = 3;
DECLARE @b int = 2;

SELECT * FROM #t WHERE id= IIF ( @a > @b, @a, @b )

Returns Id=3.

You can even using nested IIF commands.
SELECT * FROM #t WHERE id= IIF ( @a > @b, IIF(@a>0,@b,0), @b )

Monday, June 18, 2012

Identity property remains gaps

Let say you have a table and use identity property. It is ok, but I really hope that you are aware of the bug that remains gaps in identity if you restart MS SQL Server service. Please vote

Monday, April 23, 2012

Successful upgrade to SQL Server 2012

Hi everyone. Today I successfully upgraded our production database to the new version -SQL Server 2012. Actually everything went ok, and after running Upgrade Advisor and restored the database into a new server. The "challenge" was to upgrade existing SSRS reports and SSIS packages. What I would recommend is to open a new project in SQL Data Tools (yes BIDS is gone) and adding report by report to the project. SQL Server automatically upgraded them for first time I run them. Another thing is that now you can much easily to configure SSRS and even if you specified not to "configure" during the installation. I have not noticed any performance degradation since we moved from SQL Server 2005.So lets enjoy new features that were introduced and happy working with SQL Server 2012.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM)

Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today ( and can expect general availability to begin on April 1.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

LIKE operator "issue"

Please consider the below script

create table #t ( col varchar(40))

insert into #t values ('[Untitled].pdf')
insert into #t values ('Untitled].pdf')
insert into #t values ('^Untitled].pdf')
insert into #t values ('|Untitled].pdf')

Now the client runs the below SELECT statement

select * from #t where col like col

Ok, you ask why col LIKE col and not col=col. Well I really simplified the the query because it takes a parameter and needs to search sub string within a col base on CASE Expression.So as you can see the above script does not return the first row [Untitled].pdf. After some investigation it turns out than we cannot get rid of left bracket. The only real solution is the below script (thanks to Peter Larsson)

select * from #t where col like replace(col, '[', '[[]')