SQLCLR vs SQL Server 2017, Part 9: Does PERMISSION_SET Still Matter, or is Everything Now UNSAFE?

For SQLCLR in SQL Server 2017 and newer, when "CLR strict security" is enabled, does PERMISSION_SET matter, or are assemblies always UNSAFE?

Native UTF-8 Support in SQL Server 2019: Savior or False Prophet?

An in-depth analysis of the new native UTF-8 support in SQL Server 2019.

SQLCLR vs SQL Server 2017, Part 8: Is SQLCLR Deprecated in Favor of Python or R (sp_execute_external_script)?

With the additional (and annoying) configuration step required to get SQLCLR Assemblies to load starting in SQL Server 2017, some people have been wondering what is going on with SQLCLR. Considering that this new restriction is the only real change to SQLCLR since SQL Server 2012 (three versions ago), then with (limited) support for languages… Continue reading SQLCLR vs SQL Server 2017, Part 8: Is SQLCLR Deprecated in Favor of Python or R (sp_execute_external_script)?

Changing the Collation of the Instance, the Databases, and All Columns in All User Databases: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Demystifying What "sqlservr -q" Actually Does (last updated: 2018-12-14 @ 01:45 EST / 2018-12-14 @ 06:45 UTC ) For various reasons, people sometimes find themselves in the unfortunate (and unenviable) situation of having an Instance of SQL Server configured with the wrong Collation. This can often lead to unexpected errors and/or sorting and comparison behavior.… Continue reading Changing the Collation of the Instance, the Databases, and All Columns in All User Databases: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on Windows 10 Home Edition

Occassionally I want / need to change a Windows setting that is not configurable via Control Panel or Settings. For example: Enabling long-path support (long = paths over 259 characters) Disabling all Live Tiles The instructions usually require using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Unfortunately, I am using Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition, and that does… Continue reading Enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on Windows 10 Home Edition

The Uni-Code: The Search for the True List of Valid Characters for T-SQL Identifiers, Part 3 of 2 (Delimited Identifiers)

The investigation into valid T-SQL identifier characters continues. Apparently I was not done.

Why Doesn’t CONTEXT_INFO() Return the Exact Value Set by SET CONTEXT_INFO?

If you have ever used SET CONTEXT_INFO to store a simple value, you probably ran into this frustrating behavior 🙀

What’s in a Name?: Inside the Wacky World of T-SQL Identifiers

Come see the complete set of rules governing how you name things in SQL Server

The Uni-Code: The Search for the True List of Valid Characters for T-SQL Regular Identifiers, Part 2

A captivating journey of twists and turns, searching for the mythical list of valid T-SQL identifier characters.

The Uni-Code: The Search for the True List of Valid Characters for T-SQL Regular Identifiers, Part 1

A captivating journey of twists and turns, searching for the mythical list of valid T-SQL identifier characters.