Unicode Escape Sequences Across Various Languages and Platforms (including Supplementary Characters)

Unicode escape sequences across various languages and platforms (including Supplementary Characters), with working examples

Specific String Pattern Magically Hidden From Step Output in SQL Agent History

Specific String Pattern Magically Hidden From Step Output in SQL Agent History. Who Knew?

Maximum Number of Rows for the Table Value Constructor

What is the maximum number of rows for the Table Value Constructor? And, do different uses of it behave differently?

Error -2068643839 / 1602 Installing msoledbsql.msi, msodbcsql.msi, and sqlncli.msi for SQL Server 2019 (CTP or RTM)

Installing SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.5 fails with almost no useful info. Searching on code or message finds nothing. This post fixes that 😎

Can a Certificate’s Private Key be Imported / Restored From a Binary Literal / Hex Bytes ?

Can a Certificate's Private Key be Restored From a Binary Literal / Hex Bytes? The Documentation Says, "No". What Does SQL Server Say?

SSMS Tip #3: Easily Access/Research ALL Unicode Characters (Yes, Including Emojis 😸)

Learn how to get a list of all Unicode characters to copy and paste, or use in queries / web pages / programs, or search by value, etc.

Uppercase All String Columns (and in a Single Query!)

Have you ever wanted to uppercase all string columns in a database? Probably not. But, this was still an interesting exercise 🙃

Differences Between the Various Binary Collations (Cultures, Versions, and BIN vs BIN2)

Come explore the actual differences between the seemingly not-so-different binary collations...

Cruel Joke: Prevent SQL Server From Starting, and With (Almost) No Indication Why

Come see how to prevent SQL Server from starting, and in an easy-to-fix-yet-impossible-to-find way! 😈

What Does the Undocumented UNCOMPRESS Function Do?

Ever notice how IntelliSense in SSMS lists functions that don't work or aren't documented? Here's documentation for one that works: UNCOMPRESS