9 Best Practices for Writing SQL Queries

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If you are reading this article, most probably, you are already familiar with SQL. You know how to write basic SQL queries. There are many ways to execute a SQL query to get desired results on your database.

However, not all SQL queries are created equal. Most can be optimized to follow the best practice. This article focuses on the ways of queries optimizing. After reading, you will know all the dos and don’ts of writing SQL queries.

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Installing and Configuring SQL Server Express Edition

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SQL Server is Microsoft’s premier database management system that we can use to develop relational databases. It also offers support for graph databases. Depending on the services offered, SQL Server comes in various editions, such as Enterprise, Standard, Personal, Developer, Express, etc.

In this article, we’ll deal with the SQL Server Express Edition, a free edition of SQL server commonly used for developing desktop, web, and small-scale server applications. We’ll clarify how to download, install, and configure it. Along the way, we’ll also illustrate how to install and use SQL Server Management Studio which is an easy-to-use GUI-based tool for managing SQL Server databases.

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Using REST API as a Data Source in Power BI

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Microsoft Power BI is a data visualization and analytics tool which lets you create powerful visualizations with a graphical user interface. It can use a variety of data sources such as CSV, TSV, and other flat files, SQL databases, and even online sources through Rest APIs.

This article explains the usage of Rest API as a data source to import JSON data in Power BI from a remote location. Also, we’ll learn how to transform the imported JSON data into a tabular format. Finally, we’ll plot visualizations using the imported data.

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Power BI REST API No Code Options

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Microsoft’s Power BI REST API no-code option is extremely helpful as it allows calling Power BI REST API without writing a single line of code. Of course, you can call it programmatically using any programming language. Still, testing if Power BI Rest APIs are accepting requests and returning the right data, it is convenient to use the no-code options first. This article will explain how to do that.

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Install Azure CLI 2.0 on Microsoft Windows

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Azure CLI is a Microsoft cross-platform tool that allows users to remotely access Azure services via their command line. The current article will describe installing Azure CLI 2.0 on Windows. However, before we go to perform this task, we’ll briefly review what Microsoft Azure is, what services it provides, and how to sign up with Microsoft Azure.

Let’s begin without ado.

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Using INNER JOIN to Combine SQL Server Tables and Display Them in ASP.NET Webforms

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This article describes the ways of using an INNER JOIN to combine results from two tables in the SQL Server database and display them in an HTML5 table inside an ASP.NET webform. Additionally, it touches on the question of using CSS3 (cascading style sheets) to apply a style to the HTML5 table in an ASP.NET webform.

Let’s begin.

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Data Visualization in Microsoft Power BI

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Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. How to create a table.
  3. How to create a Power BI pie chart.
  4. Creating a line chart in Power BI.
  5. Report creation.
  6. Conclusion.

Introduction

The final article will take us through Power BI Visualizations and how to create them using the data sets created previously in these series. The walkthrough will cover 3 basic Visualizations: Table, Pie Chart, and Line Chart. These will then combine to create a basic report/dashboard within Power BI.

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