Show 37 – Eitan Blumin

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On this show, we have a guest again – Eitan Blumin!

We talk to Eitan about his specialties and about what he loves about SQL Server and what project he’s proud of.

We also talk extensively about Azure DocumentDB, its concepts and when to use it rather than SQL Server.

At the end, Eitan also gives a good advice to people just starting their database career.

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Show 36 – Build, Ignite and SQL Server 2016

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Microsoft arranged to huge confrences lately – Build and Ignite, in which they announced some big news. We talk about the news in general, and the things that relate to us as data people.

Among other topics, we talk about:

  • SQL Server 2016 new features
  • Azure SQL Database Enhancements
  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • Azure SQL Data Lake
  • The new way of Microsoft

We also cover other “ordinary stuff”:

  • Internals of In-Memory OLTP
  • Displaying format vs. storing format

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Show 35 – Give Me Sambusak

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On this show, we talk about Alan Turing and how he broke the Enigma machine, about “Ma Yesh”, “Zehu Ze”, and about Sambusak. We also tell a few bad geek jokes.

Oh, we also talk about SQL Server related stuff: About adjusting Log Shipping, about identity and sequence, about execution plans, Azure SQL Database backups, and about Columnstore.

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Show 34 – GuyDB

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On this show, we summarize our European trip, talk about some enhancements in Azure SQL Database and why it’s now a big thing, talk about why In-Memory OLTP is not good enough yet, talk about the best sessions in PASS Summit 2014, talk a bit about MySQL, and more.

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Show 31 – SQLSaturday Israel Recap

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On this show, we summarize the technical part of SQLSaturday Israel which took part last month. We talk about the interesting sessions we attended, and about the things we covered about in our sessions.

Among other topics, we talk about:

  • What is Bulk Loading
  • What is Minimal Logging and how you can achieve it (not as easy as you think)
  • What is EAV and how you can make it super fast
  • Clustered Index Scan vs Allocation Order Scan
  • How to start thinking about “Big Data” technologies
  • How we get prepared for delivering a presentation
  • And more..


Show 30 – סילומיות

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We’re in Israel, and unlike in this site where we write in English, some people (Maria Zakourdaev and Yoni Nakache) insist on writing in the language of the Hebrew man. That’s how we learned about the word “סילומיות”, and in the episode we explain what it means, with demonstrations.

Another important milestone in this show is the fact that Guy is now an MVP!. We talk about how Guy got this achievement, and how you can do it too.

In addition, we talk about:

  • Azure SQL Database enhancements and possible mistakes Microsoft makes with the new features
  • sp_MSforeachdb – How to use it the right way
  • Gaps in Identity and Sequence
  • Change Data Capture (CDC)
  • SQLSaturday Israel recap
  • And more..

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Show 29 – Adi Sapir (Part 2)

It’s part 2 of the fascinating interview we had with Adi Sapir (LinkedIn, Twitter).

On this part, we deal a lot with deploying changes to production, and mainly whether to do it using automatic tools or manually.

In addition, we talk about:

  • SSDT
  • Continues Deployment
  • The Cloud
  • Version upgrades
  • The next version of SQL Server
  • Living in America

We also talk about the cool handy tools Adi develops.

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Show 28 – Adi Sapir (Part 1)

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On this show, we have an important guest from abroad – Adi Sapir! 

Adi (LinkedIn, Twitter) is a DBA for many years and today he’s a Data Architect at Getty Images in Seattle.

We had a fascinating talk and we divided it to two parts.

On this part, we talk about:

  • The role of the Database Architect
  • The current place of SQL Server in the jungle of database systems
  • What not to do with SQL Server
  • Fighting with ORMs
  • And more..

Adi also develops a few cool products for DBAs and developers. Check them out on