SQL Server: A More Flexible xp_ReadErrorLog That Reads All Error Logs Including Archives

I am sure that all of you are already familiar with the extended stored procedure xp_ReadErrorLog and its less flexible and published equivalent sp_ReadErrorLog (which takes less parameters) for reading the SQL Server Error Log. xp_ReadErrorLog - To read current error log: The extended stored procedure xp_ReadErrorLog is very useful. It helps with reading the … Continue reading SQL Server: A More Flexible xp_ReadErrorLog That Reads All Error Logs Including Archives

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Thoughts On When To Use – Write-Host, Write-Output, Write-Debug, Write-Warning, Write-Verbose & Write-Error/Throw

PowerShell has matured as the automation tool of choice on the Microsoft platform, be it on Windows or Azure. However, there is no official guidance on best-practices and standards around some things. At times, bloggers do things incorrectly in their examples thereby reinforcing bad practices. Hopefully, this small post will help connect some dots for you! Please … Continue reading Thoughts On When To Use – Write-Host, Write-Output, Write-Debug, Write-Warning, Write-Verbose & Write-Error/Throw

Eating An Elephant – How To Work With Huge Datasets In Oracle And SQL Server

Simplifying complex problems is difficult but when done, the rewards are definitely worth it. How I single-handedly managed to migrate 55 Billion rows in 4000+ tables: Last year, I created PowerPump a PowerShell based data copy server which continuously migrated 4000+ Oracle tables to SQL Server. It was no simple task given that I had … Continue reading Eating An Elephant – How To Work With Huge Datasets In Oracle And SQL Server

Oracle – Capture PL/SQL Output From DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE To Table Or File

Debugging PL/SQL Code: Stepping through code is a basic necessity for programmers to test and verify logic flow in code. Very few PL/SQL programmers use this capability. Most, if not all, rely on the capabilities of the Oracle supplied package DBMS_OUPUT. Specifically, the PUT_LINE procedure within DBMS_OUTPUT is used as a crutch for debugging needs. … Continue reading Oracle – Capture PL/SQL Output From DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE To Table Or File

Oracle – Find A Needle In The Hay Stack – How To Pinpoint Data Errors Like “ORA-12899: value too large for column”

Nasty data-related errors: If you are looking to resolve one of these types of errors, you are in the right place. Please keep reading. ORA-01400: cannot insert NULL into (string) ORA-01401: inserted value too large for column ORA-02290: check constraint (string.string) violated ORA-02291: integrity constraint (string.string) violated - parent key not found ORA-02292: integrity constraint … Continue reading Oracle – Find A Needle In The Hay Stack – How To Pinpoint Data Errors Like “ORA-12899: value too large for column”