Understanding GROUPING and GROUPING_ID Functions in SQL Server

The ROLLUP and CUBE operators are used to return results aggregated by the columns in the GROUP BY clause.

The GROUPING and GROUPING_ID functions are used to identify whether the columns in the GROUP BY list are aggregated (using the ROLLUP or CUBE operators) or not.

There are two major differences between the GROUPING and GROUPING_ID Functions.

They are as follows:

  • The GROUPING function is applicable on a single column, whereas the column list for the GROUPING_ID function has to match the column list in the GROUP BY clause.
  • The GROUPING function indicates whether a column in the GROUP BY list is aggregated or not. It returns 1 if the result set is aggregated, and 0 if the result set is not aggregated.

On the other hand, the GROUPING_ID function also returns an integer. However, it performs the binary to decimal conversion after concatenating the outcome of all of the GROUPING functions.

In this article, we will see the GROUPING and GROUPING_ID functions in action with the help of examples. Read More

Different Ways to Compare SQL Server Tables Schema and Data

SQL Server provides us with different solutions to replicate or archive a database table or tables to another database, or the same database with different names. As an SQL Server Developer or Database Administrator, you may face situations when you need to check that the data in these two tables are identical, and if, by mistake, the data is not replicated between these two tables, you need to synchronize the data between the tables. In addition, if you receive an error message, that breaks the data synchronization or replication process, due to schema differences between the source and destination tables, you need to find an easy and fast way to identify the schema differences, ALTER the tables to make the schema identical in both sides and resume the data synchronization process. Read More

The Art of Aggregating Data in SQL from Simple to Sliding Aggregations

Let us start our SQL journey to understand aggregating data in SQL and types of aggregations including simple and sliding aggregations.

Before we jump to the aggregations, it is worth considering interesting facts often missed by some developers when it comes to SQL in general and the aggregation in particular.

In this article, SQL refers to T-SQL which is the Microsoft version of SQL and has more features than the standard SQL. Read More

SQL Server Table Partitioning


In this article, we will focus on the demonstration of table partitioning. The simplest explanation of table partitioning can be called as dividing large tables into small ones. This topic provides scalability and manageability.

Why do we need table partitioning?

Assume that we have a table and it grows day by day. In this case, the table can cause some problems which need to be solved by the steps defined below:

  • Maintain this table. It will take a long time and consume more resources (CPU, IO etc.).
  • Back up.
  • Lock problems.

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Microsoft SQL Operations Studio: Configuration and Querying

In my previous article, Microsoft SQL Operations Studio: Understanding and Installation, we discussed deeply the need for a new SQL Server development and administration graphical user interface tool that can replace the default SQL Server user interface tool, the SQL Server Management Studio. We discussed deeply the new features and the advantages of SQL Operations Studio over the SQL Server Management Studio tool and how to download and install it to the Windows machine.

In this article, we will see the different configuration of the SQL Operations Window and how we can perform our daily tasks with it.

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