SQL Authority News – SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4 Released

It has been a while since I stopped writing about Service Packs announcements, I believe those who needs to always keep track of this and do not need to know via a separate blog post. With that said, I personally do not believe in any such kind of restrictions at all. I believe we should do what we believe will help others. For the same reason, we are reading a blog post about SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4 Released. 

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SQL SERVER – Vertical Select Mode feature in SQL Server Management Studio

During last SQL Bangalore user group meeting, Balmukund presented a surprise session of tips and tricks with SQL Server Management Studio. Even though I was not able to attend the event due to travel abroad, I contacted Balmukund to share what he presented.

He was kind enough to give me a list. One of the things which I didn’t know was the usage of vertical block select mode. I have been using block select mode to cut the text by selecting it. This needs a mouse and I found that there is no keyboard shortcut.

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SQL SERVER – Fundamentals of Columnstore Index

There are two kind of storage in database. Row Store and Column Store. Row store does exactly as the name suggests – stores rows of data on a page – and column store stores all the data in a column on the same page. These columns are much easier to search – instead of a query searching all the data in an entire row whether the data is relevant or not, column store queries need only to search much lesser number of the columns. This means major increases in search speed and hard drive use. Additionally, the column store indexes are heavily compressed, which translates to even greater memory and faster searches. I am sure this looks very exciting and it does not mean that you convert every single index from row store to columnstore index. One has to understand the proper places where to use row store or column store indexes. Let us understand in this article what is the difference in Columnstore type of index.

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In SQL Server 2012, there are seven new datetime functions being introduced, namely:

DATEFROMPARTS ( year, month, day)
DATETIME2FROMPARTS ( year, month, day, hour, minute, seconds, fractions, precision )
DATETIMEFROMPARTS ( year, month, day, hour, minute, seconds, milliseconds )
DATETIMEOFFSETFROMPARTS ( year, month, day, hour, minute, seconds, fractions, hour_offset, minute_offset, precision )
SMALLDATETIMEFROMPARTS ( year, month, day, hour, minute )
TIMEFROMPARTS ( hour, minute, seconds, fractions, precision )

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