Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day Zero with PowerShell + SQL

Learn how to get setup with PowerShell and SQLPSX from MVP Aaron Nelson, one of the experts teaching us how to use Powershell for SQL Server


Monday, May 9, 2011

Use ACE Drivers and PowerShell to Talk to Access and Excel

Quit using deprecated JET drivers to talk to Microsoft Access and Excel. Learn how to use Windows PowerShell and ACE Drivers...


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Obtaining Identity Column Values in SQL Server

When you enter a new record into a table that contains an identity column, the identity value will be set with the next available identity value. Lots of times your database design requires you to obtain the value that was used to set the identity column. The identity value will be used to populate other tables that need to have a foreign key relationship with the inserted record. Therefore you need to be able to return the identity column value of the newly inserted record.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SQL Server Foreign Key Update and Delete Rules

Foreign key constraints are an integral part of SQL Server database design. These are used to maintain integrity among related data in different tables. While implementing update and delete operations on values in the parent table (referenced table with primary key) we have to consider the impact on related values in the child table. SQL Server provides different rules for managing the effect of updates and deletes on child table values. How can these rules be used effectively without threatening the relational integrity?