SQL Server blogs from Wise Owl (page 1 of 9)

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A comparison of SQL Server Reporting Services and Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 October 2019

Power BI improves with each monthly update. Will it reach a point where SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) becomes redundant? This detailed blog compares the two products, and considers the future of SSRS.

Tags:   SSRS | General    |    Power BI | General

Introducing three new functions in SQL to make concatenating text easier

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 September 2019

The CONCAT function makes it much easier to join columns together, while the STRING_AGG and CONCAT_WS functions make it easier to create things like comma-delimited lists.

Tags:   SQL | Calculations

Congratulations to Shaun Rowark for his suggestion for a new acronym for SFWGHO!

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 August 2019

We're always on the look-out for a new acronym for the order of SQL commands, and are pleased to award a gift voucher to another worthy winner of our competition.

Tags:   SQL | General

A table-valued function in SQL to split a comma-delimited list

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 June 2019

If you're creating Reporting Services reports using multivalue parameters and stored procedures, you'll find this function to split a list of values into a single-table column useful.

Tags:   SSRS | Parameters    |    SQL | Functions

Wise Owl have found one SQL structure which slows down code more than any other

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 May 2019

If your stored procedures or SQL queries are running slowly, don't bother looking at correlated subqueries, cursors, functions or any of the other usual culprits. There's one SQL syntax which Wise Owl have found to be an order of magnitude worse than any other, as this blog shows.

Tags:   SQL | General

Changes that BI developers can expect from SQL Server 2019

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 May 2019

SQL Server 2019 is not out yet (it's scheduled for release in the second half of 2019), but this blog shows what changes you can expect to see.

Mapping stored procedure parameters to SSRS parameters

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 May 2019

This blog explains why you might want to use the PARAMETERS tab in the Dataset Properties dialog box in SSRS.

Tags:   SSRS | Parameters

A new acronym for the order of SQL keywords

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 March 2019

Someone has finally won our competition to think of a better acronym for the order of keywords in SQL, we're pleased to announce.

Tags:   SQL | Selecting data

A way to get 32-bit and 64-bit drivers to co-exist on the same computer

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 September 2018

A (very) short blog containing a link to an article showing how you can import data from Access using SSAS or SSIS on a 64-bit computer

Tags:   SSIS | General SSIS

Five methods for creating partitions of SSAS Tabular tables programmatically

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2018

Need to generate a partition for a fact table for each year, product or region? This blog gives five approaches, so that you can choose which method is for you.

Using partitions/processing to load a large fact table into a tabular data model

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2018

This blog shows how you can load the empty structure of a large fact table into an Analysis Services tabular data model, then use partitions to bring in the data bit by bit.

Using MERGE and MATCHED in SQL

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 21 June 2018

Learn how to MERGE rows from two tables into one combined table, and how to remove unwanted data from both tables.

Tags:   SQL | Programming tables

Resolving a problem with SSRS and a Windows 10 update

Posted by David Wakefield on 18 June 2018

After installing Windows 10 our laptops started returning a 503 error in Web Portal - this blog shows how to resolve this.

Tags:   SSRS | General

How to get rid of lots of blank rows in a Report Builder table

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 February 2018

There seems to be an occasional bug in Report Builder which fills a table with blank rows. Here's one owl's way to get round it.

Tags:   SSRS | Report Builder

Which should you learn: Report Builder or Reporting Services?

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 February 2018

Report Builder and SQL Server Reporting Services are almost identical - which makes the small but important differences even harder to explain.

Tags:   SSRS | Report Builder    |    SSRS | General

Did you know there was an IIF function in SQL to test conditions? We didn't!

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 February 2018

You can use the IIF function in SQL as an alternative to the CASE WHEN statement. We thought we would share this new (for us) discovery with the world!

Tags:   SQL | Calculations

What's new in SQL Server 2017? For SSAS Tabular, lots, it transpires.

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 January 2018

This blog summarises the main new features of SQL Server for non-administrators (that is, most of us). Most parts of SQL Server get minor changes at best, but SSAS Tabular 2017 gets a host of major improvements.

Create your own snippets of SQL code, and insert them into your queries

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 November 2017

With SQL Server 2012 came the power not just to use pre-defined code snippets, but also to create your own - this blog explains how.

Tags:   SQL | General

This blog shows a clever way to annotate expression constraints in SSIS

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2017

If you've added an expression constraint to control flow in a package in Integration Services, this blog will show you how to display what the constraint does automatically.

Tags:   SSIS | Control flow tasks

How to loop over the worksheets in an Excel workbook using Integration Services

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 April 2017

Follow this blog to learn how to use an SSIS package to loop over the worksheets in an Excel XLSX workbook, importing the contents of each.

Tags:   SSIS | Data flow
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