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Instant File Initialization – Killer Feature for SQL Server

Posted by on November 24th, 2015

When SQL Server reserves new space on a disk, it initializes the space with zeros. This behavior can be switched off thereby reducing the execution time of some operations and the load on the disk subsystem.

Disk space reservation without initialization is called Instant File Initialization. This feature is not widely known, although its use has become possible starting with SQL Server 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

SQL Server Index Fragmentation In-depth

Posted by on November 9th, 2015

There is no way to avoid index fragmentation in any SQL Server environment. It does not depend on your SQL Server version or I/O subsystem you have, or your hardware. In this article, we will drill down into SQL Server index fragmentation issue. We will figure out why index fragmentation is a problem and how it affect on overall performance, discuss how to detect and avoid it. Read the rest of this entry »

A Look Back at PASS Summit 2015

Posted by on November 5th, 2015

PASS Summit 2015 has ended a little more than a week ago and we are already looking forward to what’s next in 2016.

PASS Summit is the world’s largest conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals where participants have a great chance to attend a wide variety of technical sessions presented by world-recognized experts and industry leaders. Also, it is a great opportunity to have a face to face talk with developers from leading software development companies and get the latest news from the first hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Devart was the Gold Sponsor of SQLSaturday #406 – Kharkiv 2015

Posted by on September 21st, 2015

Devart was the Gold sponsor of SQLSaturday #406, that was held on SEP 19, 2015 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Batch Updates in Delphi Data Access Components

Posted by on September 11th, 2015

Data amount processed by modern databases grows steadily. In this regard, there is an acute problem – database performance. Insert, Update and Delete operations have to be performed as fast as possible. Therefore Devart provides several solutions to speed up processing of huge amounts of data. So, for example, insertion of a large portion of data to a DB is supported in the Loader. Unfortunately, Loader allows to insert data only – it can’t be used for updating and deleting data.

The new version of Devart Delphi Data Access Components introduces the new mechanism for large data processing — Batch Operations. The point is that just one parametrized Modify SQL query is executed. The plurality of changes is due to the fact that parameters of such a query will be not single values, but a full array of values. Such approach increases the speed of data operations dramatically. Moreover, in contrast to using Loader, Batch operations can be used not only for insertion, but for modification and deletion as well.

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Generate Meaningful Test Data with Data Generator for SQL Server v3.5

Posted by on August 13th, 2015

Why meaningful test data important?

While developing an application, you need to make sure you are testing it under conditions that closely simulate a production environment. Most tests rely on sample data for testing. If you manually enter data into a test environment, one record at a time using the UI, most probably, you will never build volume and variety of data that your app will accumulate in a few days in production. It is obviously that the behavior will differ. Most likely, the data you insert into a test database will be based on your own usage patterns and will not match real-world usage, leaving significant bugs untested. Read the rest of this entry »

Disabling Direct Mode In LiteDAC and UniDAC

Posted by on August 7th, 2015

LiteDAC and UniDAC interact with SQLite in 2 approaches. The first approach is that an application uses functions of the linked SQLite library. For Windows OS it is sqlite3.dll, for Mac OS and iOS – libsqlite3.dylib, for Android – The second approach allows to connect to the database from the application directly, using so called Direct Mode. Direct Mode provides interaction with SQLite avoiding any external libraries linking. It is implemented by embedding the code of the SQLite library directly to the application. This approach allows to work with SQLite in cases, when using third-party libraries is impossible due to a number of reasons. For example, when developing applications for iOS or Mac OS, the Apple corporation prohibits deployment of any libraries along with the application.

However, there are situations, when it is preferably to use the first mode. Thus, when developing applications for Android, there is no need to worry about SQLite client library presence, since it is included into this OS distribution. On the other hand, during project implementation, strict requirements may be imposed on the compiled application size. Such requirements are especially relevant for mobile development. Therefore, it is highly desirable to have an opportunity to disable modules, that won’t be used in the application, before compilation. LiteDAC and UniDAC allow to exclude the code of the SQLite client library, that implements Direct Mode, from a ready application. As a result, the size of the developed application may be decreased. Read the rest of this entry »

Devart was the Bronze Sponsor of SQLSaturday #416 – Odessa 2015

Posted by on July 27th, 2015

Devart was a Bronze sponsor of the 416th edition of SQLSaturday, that was held on July 25, 2015 in Odessa, Ukraine.

We would like to thank the organizers of the event – Anton Vidishchev, Oleg Chorny and Alex Tumanoff, and all speakers for the remarkable event! We highly appreciated the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas, discuss challenges as well as to present our software products to the professional community. Read the rest of this entry »

SQL Complete Enhanced Functionality

Posted by on July 16th, 2015

While working on the new version of SQL Complete, we focused on adding the most needed features discussed on Devart’s uservoice site – Here, users leave their feedbacks regarding any of the Devart’s products as well as vote for new features to be added. Thus, we do our best to address user needs for most desirable functionality. This is an early preview of the upcoming functionality that will be available in SQL Complete v5.0!

In this article, we will discuss newly added features that will speed up and simplify SQL code writing. Read the rest of this entry »

Devart was the GOLD sponsor of Annual Conference of Polish SQL Server User Group

Posted by on May 19th, 2015

Devart was the GOLD sponsor of the SQL Day | Annual Conference of Polish SQL Server User Group, which was held on the 11th – 13th May 2015 in Wrocław, Poland.

We would like to thank the organizers and speakers for the wonderful conference! Our special thanks to Maciej Pilecki and Katarzyna Nieradka for the assistance and warm welcome. We have had a great chance to meet new people, exchange views, and present our software products to the wide audience. Read the rest of this entry »