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«October 2015»

Data Warehouse from the Ground Up at SQL Saturday Orlando, FL on Oct. 10th

SQL Saturday #442SQL Saturday #442 is upon us and yours truly will be presenting in Orlando, Florida on October 10th alongside Mitchell Pearson (b|t). The session is scheduled at 10:35 AM and will last until 11:35 AM. I’m very excited to be presenting at SQL Saturday Orlando this year as it’ll be my first presenting this session in person and my first time speaking at SQL Saturday Orlando! If you haven’t registered yet for this event, you need to do that. This event will be top notch!

My session is called Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. What if you could approach any business process in your organization and quickly design an effective and optimal dimensional model using a standardized step-by-step method? In this session I’ll discuss the steps required to design a unified dimensional model that is optimized for reporting and follows widely accepted best practices. We’ll also discuss how the design of our dimensional model affects a SQL Server Analysis Services solution and how the choices we make during the data warehouse design phase can make or break our SSAS cubes. You may remember that I did this session a while back for Pragmatic Works via webinar. I’ll be doing the same session at SQL Saturday Orlando but on-prem! ;)

So get signed up for this event now! It’s only 11 days away!

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Create Date Dimension with Fiscal and Time

Here are three scripts that create and Date and Time Dimension and can add the fiscal columns too. First run the Dim Date script first to create the DimDate table. Make sure you change the start date and end date on the script to your preference. Then run the add Fiscal Dates scripts to add the fiscal columns. Make sure you alter the Fiscal script to set the date offset amount. The comments in the script will help you with this.

This zip file contains three SQL scripts.

Create Dim Date

Create Dim Time

Add Fiscal Dates

These will create a Date Dimension table and allow you to run the add fiscal script to add the fiscal columns if you desire. The Create Dim Time will create a time dimension with every second of the day for those that need actual time analysis of your data.

Make sure you set the start date and end date in the create dim date script. Set the dateoffset in the fiscal script.

Download the script here:


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A Simple Twitter Console Application

  • 17 December 2009
  • Author: Brian Knight
  • Number of views: 6446

I've been working this week to automate the's twitter connectivity and to do so, decided to build a quick Twitter interface to communicate with BIDN.  I needed a simple console application that could be called via a trigger or a SQL Agent Job (my actual method).

The entire application winds up only being a 50 lines of code or so. Essentially from a command line, you pass in your twitter account, password, the message and optional URL. If you pass a URL in, it will be converted to TinyURL (if it's shorter than your URL). The return will either give you a success or a failure in XML from the console.

Call TweetConsole as shown below:



TweetConsole.exe UserName Password "My twitter message in quotes" ""

Then whalla, a DBAs way to integrate twitter into a database for posting at least. It isn't the prettiest applicaton but it works Laughing

Download TweetConsole

I'd love to hear if you actually use it! The benefit for me is now on BIDN any new blog posts gets automatically tweeted.

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