March 2008 Archives

Sample Code for Using the XML Datatype in SQL Server 2005

March 24, 2008

I mentioned using the XML datatype for sparse column support in my recent post on some of the Useful Features in SQL Server 2008. Until today I had never had an opportunity to actually use this feature. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use, especially with some help from Itzik Ben-Gan's Inside SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Programming.

Problem: I've begun using data-driven subscriptions in SQL Server Reporting Services. I want to create one table to house subscription data. Various reports will have different parameters, both in number and kind. It is impractical to create one column for each possible parameter, and seems senseless to create a separate table for every report.

Summary of Useful Features in SQL Server 2008

March 4, 2008

SQL Server 2008 will be coming out sometime this summer (in theory). At last week's TechFuse event in Minneapolis, and in blogs I sometimes read, I've started to pick up on a number of useful features and improvements that should make one strongly consider upgrading when the Release to Market (RTM) is ready (certainly this is not all-inclusive):

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