SQL Server is a relational database management system from Microsoft.

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Write data to SQL Server directly from BizTalk or use external service?

An external source will be sending us XML data that BizTalk will pick up and transform into an internal schema. We need this data to be loaded into a SQL Server database as we're going to expose some ...
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Updating particular properties of EF objects every X amount of days in MVC

I'm building an MVC ASP.NET IMDb-like website which presents various information about movies to users, relying on 3rd party APIs to (initially) fetch movie info. The IDs representing each movie on ...
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How to backup data and images in this project?

I have MS C# and MS SQL 2008 database project. It can capture employees' records with pictures of more than 1000 records. Presently, I'm able to capture say 150 records on PC1 using my installed C# ...
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What strategy to follow while matching sql server datatypes in C# Code First approach while using Entity Framework

While matching SQL Server datatypes with C# Code First Approach in Entity Framework, what are specific points that we should keep in mind so that our C# datatype should match exactly our SQL Server ...
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A CLR SQL Server Stored Procedure calling an ASP.NET Web API

We are developing a big system with SQL Server database, ASP.NET Web API 2.2 services and another external services. We need to load more data on a table while we process the current data on it. To ...
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Optional text qualifier in CSV file as input to SSIS package

I receive several CSV files each quarter to process through an SSIS package, and the formatting is inconsistent. This quarter, I encountered what I term optional text qualifiers--text qualifer of ...
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Syncing graph of data to other database (like data)

Switching to new system and need to keep old data going for some time. So, we need to update old database with data when new system being updated. It's a transactional data, like orders/shipments. ...
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Connect to MS SQL database from client side [closed]

I had a software that was written on VB .Net and used Crystal Report to print out reports. It was a pain to maintain in my case, so I want to move the report to webpage version. I did some ...
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Is it a good practice to write distinct queries in a single stored procedure based on input parameters

I am going through the stored procedures written throughout our project and see that multiple distinct queries are written inside a single stored procedure and are called by passing different values ...
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confused with ms sql nomenclature [closed]

Question 1. What is the language used in Microsoft SQL Server? Question 2. I get confused with the name Microsoft SQL Server since its a RDBMS why its name ends as "Server". Because server is used to ...
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Caching query results vs Querying each time (finding a middle ground)

This is kind of an expansion on a previously asked question Some background info: Querying Over 5,000 items from SQL database that eventually get sorted into a list depending on who the user ...
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Using auto-increment clustered key and guid primary key together

My boss is the db administrator in a new software project and he came up with that design where every table will have both a auto-increment clustered key and a guid primary key (or possibly composite ...
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Database is performing slow, even all the tables are having normalization

An interviewer asked me this question: Tables are created with appropriate normalization rules, However the database is performing slow. [Ie.: The select, insert statements are taking time to do ...
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Knowing when a SQL table is done updating before Querying

I am using a self hosted windows service WEB API as the layer between my Windows 8 App and a SQL Server Database because Windows 8 apps can't directly connect to SQL server like win forms or pretty ...
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SQL - Designing a Threshold value table

I need to design an SQL table to be used for "threshold" or special values, which in general would have the following properties: - key - value - comparer (less than and greater than as a start, ...
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How deeply programmer should know about internals of database engine? [closed]

I am learning SQL Server 2012 along with C#. In the past, I took database class in college, and have good grasp on SQL language and can write queries. However, looking at SQL Server documentation (or ...
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Will using multiple recordsets in one database request be more efficient?

I am redeveloping an old ecommerce website which is currently written in C# ASP.NET 2.0. Because this is a reasonably high volume website and has suffered performance issues I want to develop in the ...
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.NET Why should I use DAL over direct database access

Yesterday on one of SO chats I've been told I should never connect to database directly from the application and rather use DAL. I've been told that: 1. Using something in the middle should improve ...
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500 databases or 1 database with 500 tables or just 1 table with all the records? [duplicate]

I currently have an application that is used by a single end customer. For ease of discussion assume the application only needs a single database table for all records. I now need to support ...
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Implementing “Trending Items” using linear regression in SQL Server

I'm building an MVC .NET website where people can rate and review movies (similar to IMDb). I'm using SQL Server for the back-end. I'll be implementing a feature where the homepage displays trending ...
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Can SQL Server and Mongo be used together?

We have a large news-oriented site that has high web traffic. The architecture is your often seen DB - Repo Layer - Services Layer - Asp.Net MVC. The problem that we've been seeing is around read ...
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Enterprise software: Where should the code go? [duplicate]

I recently went for an interview with a software company that claims to write enterprise level software. During the interview, the interviewer remarked that its better to use the database simply to ...
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Guidance on android type app to connect to sql-server

Excuse my ignorance but we've got an application that we'd like to sample out on a mobile app The app is a C#/asp.net application connected to our sql server database. If we are going to write an ...
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What do I need for a database server for Mobile-Apps? [closed]

I'm struggling getting my head around writing a server for a mobile app. The app is quite simple and would manly rely on geographic data and some other basic stuff liker users etc. nothing special ...
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NoSQL within SQL Server

This question is not about the difference between SQL and NoSQL. I am looking for some rationale for something that really does not make sense to me at the moment (maybe because of my lack of ...
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To convert to accurate data types or maintain default type of string

Scenario: I have a web application that records and checks data against two temp tables (1 table being a temp source and the other being a destination for the application). These temp tables are ...
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How do I do SQL Server mapping with a new Desktop application written in C#? [closed]

In 2 weeks I will be starting a new job as a software developer in a company that currently does not employ any professional programmers. My first task will be to rewrite a Excel/VBA application in ...
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How to infer the result of a query?

To understand what a query does, I have always thought the following is the procedure on evaluating a query: Form the table as specified in the FROM clause. Pick the rows from that table as ...
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Entity Framework Code First Centralized database deployment

I originally posted this on stack overflow but was told that here is a better place to ask this kinda stuff. I couldn't find any other similar answered question but if there is one please give me a ...
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Database performance comparison

I have been tasked with moving from a MSSQL backed database, entity framework code-first, wcf service based MVC application to a MySQL backed database. I have had being trying to find a performance ...
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Portable Data in C# App

I have developed a C# front end app for management of an SQL Database for the purposes of document control. The project this database is for has several consultants and a client spread in a variety ...
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Is a series of OR or a single IN SQL statement better?

I'm using MS SQL 2008 R2. I have been using a series of OR and have an issue where my app periodically give the following error: Exception message: Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior ...
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Stored Procedures a bad practice at one of worlds largest IT software consulting firms?

I'm working at a project in one of the world's top 3 IT consulting firms, and was told by a DBA that company best practice's state stored procedures are not a "best practice". This is so contrary to ...
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Git workflow for Microsoft SQL Stack

My team of developers are currently working at a client who has required us to move away from SVN and begin using their native workflow program. (Source tree by Atlassian). We are data warehouse ...
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Storing Dates & Times in SQL [closed]

I have a tool that I am working on which allows people to create meetings. They can select the Date, Time & Timezone that this meeting is occurring in. I need to determine the best way to store ...
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What is the best way to allow a user to specify a SQL server and database from a Windows application?

I am working on building a Windows application that will require a connection to at least two different Microsoft SQL Server databases (for example, a source and a target), which may or may not be on ...
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Looking for advice for the following MS SQL Schema

We currently have the following SQL Schema: Projects Budgets BudgetTabs BudgetSections BudgetTasks BudgetTaskDetails ...
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SQL Dev and Prod Environments

I have been tasked with setting up a SQL Development environment, and i was wondering if anyone has any advice on getting this right? So far, I have restored the prod DB onto another box, and ...
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Lock data in DB while external API call is pending?

I have an interesting situation, and I am looking for the best way to solve it. My app runs like this: 1) The user gets a Promotion Pin from Some Company, and I have a db table with these pins also. ...
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Efficient database access for related data

As an example for this question, consider a content management system that has a content database table which contains things like the page title and location as well as the content itself which could ...
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Mid-Large Asp.net MVC project: Storing images on filesystem or via SQL Server FILESTREAM [duplicate]

We have a ASP.NET MVC project with AngularJS and Entity Framework database-first, a news portal already in production for about a year. The project is mainly focused on providing content for users ...
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Managing shared storage in a high availability environment

I have an application with a custom high availability (HA) feature that provides automatic failover from an active primary server that experiences a failure to a passive backup server. To date, this ...
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What are the reasons to execute a WebService from SQL?

I was looking at some examples on how to call a Web Service from SQL Server. And all of them show very unreadable code, that I imagine would be a nightmare to maintain. So, the main question is why ...
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Should I store images in my database or file system in this application? [duplicate]

I'm using ASP.NET MVC 4 and SQL Server 2012. I have no problem going for either of these solutions but I want to know which one would fit better in the particular application I'm creating now. I'm ...
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SQLDatabase: Read a lot of data at once and process in memory or read the data when I need it?

I'm not sure how to approach this problem. I require a big chunk of data records from the SQL server. This chunk is based on variables, so I don't know before what records I need. I need to do a large ...
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Why do we need to put N before strings in Microsoft SQL Server?

I'm learning T-SQL. From the examples I've seen, to insert text in a varchar() cell, I can write just the string to insert, but for nvarchar() cells, every example prefix the strings with the letter ...
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Folder structure or database structure for creating/editing 'files'?

As a hobby experiment I am creating a on-line tool for creating web sites with the ability to create custom HTML and CSS using a template engine for safe-use of functionality. Now I am in the ...
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How do I write my BLL to make it re-usable?

Most of it was written 4-5 years ago. Our teams long term objectives are to use Entity Framework. Though we aren't gonna do it right away as our deadlines aren't allowing us to do so. Now we have our ...
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How best to handle database refactoring within a team?

We are currently usign a roll-forward approach to DB changes, akin to Migrations, where each developer creates and checks in a script that promotes the latest version of the DB to a new state. ...
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Data persistence for transactional customer emails

I'm developing a system to handle sending transactional emails to our customers. This is how it works: An event occurs during the order's life cycle, for example 'shipped' This event will trigger ...