Index design guide updated: index types, B+ trees, and row locators, oh my

Index design guide updated: index types, B+ trees, and row locators, oh my

We’ve recently updated the SQL Server and Azure SQL index architecture and design guide. This article is an in-depth guide to indexing in databases using the SQL Server engine, including SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, and Azure Synapse Analytics.

Our recent update adds a table to categorize the types of indexes discussed in the article, clarifies B-trees vs B+ trees, and describes how row locators (aka “secret columns”) are used in nonclustered indexes.

Workers vs. requests in Azure SQL Database

Workers vs. requests in Azure SQL Database

We now explicitly define ‘requests’ and ‘workers’ in the Azure SQL Database documentation, and we’ve cleaned up multiple places where we used to equate the two terms. In this post, I share the history of the two terms when it comes to Azure SQL Database, why the two were ever equated, and why things like this are tricky to change.

What I Learned While Writing 'Diagnose and troubleshoot high CPU in Azure SQL Database'

What I Learned While Writing 'Diagnose and troubleshoot high CPU in Azure SQL Database'

Writing helps me learn. In my job as a Content Developer, this is more true than ever: there’s a fantastic group of folks, both in the Database Docs team and in the Microsoft Data Platform engineering team, who review and contribute to content.

I’ve just had the pleasure of publishing my first new article in the Microsoft Docs, Diagnose and troubleshoot high CPU on Azure SQL Database.

Learn Azure SQL with One Free Learning Path

Learn Azure SQL with One Free Learning Path

Have you been meaning to learn about SQL Server in the Azure cloud, but never seem to get around to it? It’s easy to be overwhelmed and not know where to begin.

I recommend you start with the Azure SQL Fundamentals Learning Path.

I stepped through this training this week and WOW, this is an incredibly high quality free course, complete with hands-on exercises in an online sandbox. I wish I’d done this sooner!

New Tricks I Learned from the Azure Data Studio Code Editor Tutorial

New Tricks I Learned from the Azure Data Studio Code Editor Tutorial

Today I walked through the Use Azure Data Studio to connect and query Azure SQL database Quickstart. This Quickstart is solid and is great for someone new to Azure Data Studio.

At the end of the Quickstart it suggested I try the Tutorial: Use the Transact-SQL editor to create database objects - Azure Data Studio. The tutorial taught me a couple of things that I’ve not noticed about Azure Data Studio, even though I’ve used it for a couple of years.

Managing Drift in Automated Deployments to SQL Server Databases

Managing Drift in Automated Deployments to SQL Server Databases

One big gotcha that teams often encounter when automating deployments for databases is that it’s difficult– or sometimes impossible – to ensure that all changes to the production database are performed through the automation pipeline.

These out-of-band changes case the production database to “drift” away from the schema as defined in version control.

My Sketchnotes from Redgate's Level Up Week 2021

My Sketchnotes from Redgate's Level Up Week 2021

Redgate regularly holds an internal conference called Level Up week. In 2020 and 2021, this conference has been scaled to include multiple Redgate offices using a remote learning approach.

While this is an internal conference, I can share my drawings and notes from sessions I attended. I hope these inspire you with ideas on how you can contribute to learning in your own organization – or perhaps simply inspire you to give sketchnoting a try.

Moving From WordPress to an Azure Static Site with Hugo

Moving From WordPress to an Azure Static Site with Hugo

I’ve moved from WordPress to an Azure Static website built with Hugo. The conversion, including grooming all my old posts and a special setup for my free courses took up most of my personal time for a week (including a 4 day weekend).

Here’s why I made the change. I’ll also share the basic components I chose for my site, the tools and steps I used in the conversion, and some lessons learned from the implementation.