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Grasp the more and more advanced function set of the newest free up of Microsoft SQL Server with the knowledge in expert Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Programming. evaluation the hot beneficial properties of SQL Server that would be of curiosity to you as an skilled developer and circulate directly to extra specific, functional code examples. how you can write complicated queries, construct varieties of information buildings, enhance software pace and function, deal with complicated scripting and mistakes, and layout complex databases the newest version of this priceless programming advisor.

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While the pointer takes up only a byte, keep in mind that the result set that makes up the actual cursor also takes up memory — exactly how much will vary depending on the result set. Timestamp/ rowversion Special Numeric (binary) 8 Special value that is unique within a given database. Value is set by the database itself automatically every time the record is either inserted or updated — even though the timestamp column wasn’t referred to by the UPDATE statement (you’re actually not allowed to update the timestamp field directly).

Review the types that are available, and think about how these types map to the data types in any programming environment with which you are familiar. Consider the many objects available to you in SQL Server 2008. While you should be pretty familiar with tables and the basics of views and scripting prior to using this book (if not, you may want to take a look at Beginning SQL Server 2008 Programming), my hope is that you also realize that tossing together a few tables and a stored procedure or two seldom makes a real database.

You can create temporary objects from within any database you have access to in your system — it will be stored in tempdb. Creating objects directly in tempdb gains you nothing but adds the confusion of referring to things across databases. ’’ kind of things. tempdb is dropped and rebuilt from scratch each time you restart your SQL Server. AdventureWorks/AdventureWorks2008 SQL Server included samples long before these came along. The old samples had their shortcomings though. For example, they contained a few poor design practices.

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