Wayne Sheffield

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This post is re-published from my original post on SQL Solutions Group. I hope that you enjoy it. In my last article, I started off talking about checking various settings that make a performance difference prior to jumping into query tuning. This article continues the investigation into performance affecting settings, by jumping straight into the […]

It’s that time of the month… the time when all of the T-SQL bloggers have a party and blog about a specific topic. This month, the host is my friend Jason Brimhall (b/t). The topic that he has selected is “Sharpen Something”. Specifically, he wants us to: I am asking you to not only write […]

Service Packs and Updates One of the things that I always check on client servers is that they are running the latest service packs, for both SQL Server and for the Windows OS itself. Now, sometimes I know what the latest service pack is – but other times I don’t. Therefore, I end up spending […]

This post is re-published from my original post on SQL Solutions Group. I hope that you enjoy it. When investigating a performance issue, the desired end result is already known… you need to make the queries run faster. It’s been my experience that most performance problems involve optimizing the query that is being run—sometimes the […]

Recently (okay, it went live a month ago, and I’m super-late in my blog post!), I was the guest on the podcast that Carlos Chacon of SQLDataPartners publishes. In this podcast, we talk about Table Variables and Temporary Tables (if you’ve been to one of my presentations on this topic, then you know what’s coming!). […]

In my previous post, I introduced you to the Advent of Code programming challenge, and explained how I’m going through the days, solving both parts of each puzzle. Continuing on, today we have day 21. In this challenge,you received a present – a role playing game. In this game, you (the player) and your enemy […]

In my previous post, I introduced you to the Advent of Code programming challenge, and explained how I’m going through the days, solving both parts of each puzzle. Continuing on, today we have day 20. In this challenge, it seems that Santa’s elves have too much time on their hands. To keep them busy, he […]

In my previous post, I introduced you to the Advent of Code programming challenge, and explained how I’m going through the days, solving both parts of each puzzle. Continuing on, today we have day 19. In this challenge, Rudolph is sick and needs some medicine. Since Rudolph’s biology is different from other reindeer, he needs […]

In my previous post, I introduced you to the Advent of Code programming challenge, and explained how I’m going through the days, solving both parts of each puzzle. Continuing on, today we have day 18. In this challenge, the fire department has cracked down on how many lights can be in your display. So the […]

In my previous post, I introduced you to the Advent of Code programming challenge, and explained how I’m going through the days, solving both parts of each puzzle. Continuing on, today we have day 16. In this challenge, you have received a wonderful gift from your Aunt Sue, and you want to send her a […]