Rajib Bahar's Blog

Rajib blogs here about topics of his interest.

Kevin Kline's blog entry on code of ethics for DBAs

April 24
by Rajib Bahar 24. April 2009 09:52

I noticed an interesting blog entry by Kevin Kline. He is talking about code of ethics for DBA professionals. I thought some of us may find it relevant.

 Enjoy the dialogue and debate at [http://sqlblog.com/blogs/kevin_kline/archive/2009/04/21/is-it-time-for-a-professional-code-of-ethics-for-dbas.aspx]

1st Robot Scientist

April 03
by Rajib Bahar 3. April 2009 10:45

I thought the article below was interesting. It talks about the 1st robot capable of generating hypothesis and run experiments to prove it. I could have used one during my undergrad years.



useful blog entries on Joins... using join in update or delete statement

March 26
by Rajib Bahar 26. March 2009 07:00

CSV Customization in SSRS Subscription

February 20
by Rajib Bahar 20. February 2009 04:47

I will appreciate if my colleagues and peers would consider looking at this thread I opened at SQL Server Central [http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Topic661376-1063-1.aspx]. Thanks and have a good day!


Update [10/01/2009]:

Thanks to Luke at [SQLServerCentral.com] forum I was able to find the answer. He pointed me to a MSDN article, which in turn pointed to this article [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms156281.aspx]. That helped me figure out how to do it. If I have time then I'll produce steps on how to reproduce it later.



Bill Gates releases Bugs... gives a new meaning to software bugs

February 05
by Rajib Bahar 5. February 2009 07:06
I was reading some article and landed on this news item. Bill Gates released a bug in some tech event... See http://www.pcworld.com/article/158979/bill_gates_releases_bugs_into_the_wild.html. I am relieved by the fact that I wasn't there. I am sure this may give a new meaning to releasing software bugs... :)

SQL Server Interview questions - Submit yours

January 26
by Rajib Bahar 26. January 2009 06:44
I get a lot of questions from my peers about finding a good place to get SQL server interview questions. I have had the privilege of being both the interviewor and interviewee. So, I thought I'd put together a collection on my blog. I look forward to hearing your comments. Please post your favorite or most challenging questions on SQL server.

Here is the list of links to blogs and/or websites that I found useful:

VLDB - What's the largest database have you worked with?

January 19
by Rajib Bahar 19. January 2009 15:52
I am asking this question to all of my SQL Server colleagues. There is no right or wrong answer to this. I am interested in learning the experience others have with VLDB systems. Please share your stories. I will compile the responses and make a newer blog entry. That new entry will have your story and link back to your blog if you have any. Feel free to send your responses via facebook, twitter, plaxo, linkedin, livespace, and email. Thanks

MS SQL Server 2008 Debugging

January 15
by Rajib Bahar 15. January 2009 21:20
I like the new debugging capabilities of SQL Server 2008. It brings in features such as stepping in, stepping out, and stepping over. This can come handy when we are trying to track the actual issue. I found this feature interesting because it empowers developers to track issues at the most granular level. Now, we can step inside system functions, and stored procedures to figure out the values of internal variables and sets. See the video below for a quick guide on how to debug in SQL Server 2008 management studio.

SQLServerpedia is the wikipedia for MSSQL server pros

January 09
by Rajib Bahar 9. January 2009 07:02

I ran into SQLServerpedia.com recently. I thought the concept was interesting. Kevin Kline and his colleagues launched that portal. Just like Wikipedia, users can edit entries related to MS SQL server. This will be a useful work related resource for me.

After reading the entries at the SQL server wiki site, I ran into another site that had an intersting tool. They call it TallEye. The purpose of that tool is to find out where you end up after digging a very deep hole from any location in the world map. So, I dug hole at Bangladesh and found out I'd emerge in South Pacific ocean. Interestingly enough, they did not advise how to bypass the core of earth.

Experimenting with social media API in .NET and SQL

January 03
by Rajib Bahar 3. January 2009 10:14
I started experimenting with Social Media Api such as Facebook, Twitter, GData. There are plenty of libraries in .NET one can take advantage of. Just for fun, I wrote one tool that allows users to save wikipedia articles locally. The data resides in a local SQL compact database. This .NET app integrates status message functionality from facebook and twitter. Feel free to check it out at http://apps.facebook.com/wikiarticlesaver

These days I am also looking at TokBox api. In my humble opinion, Toxbox is a video chat service which integrates the best features in video conferencing, youtube, and skype. I love it. Most recently, I added some of my friends such as Garry Schyman and others there. TokBox was founded by one of the co-founder of youtube, Jawed Karim.

See below for a way to integrate TokBox in a site:
<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.tokbox.com/vc/al8iat0y002k9zad" width="300" height="413" pid="495fd42c4c185981"><param name="movie" value="http://www.tokbox.com/vc/al8iat0y002k9zad"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="flashvars" value="guestList=true&textChat=true"/></object>