GroupBy – Free SQL Server Training is free technical training by the community, for the community. Volunteer speakers submit abstracts at and you – the attendee – vote to pick the sessions. Want to present your own session or just vote on others? Join us at
RSS Feed
GroupBy – Free SQL Server Training


All Episodes
Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

User-defined functions in SQL Server are very much like custom methods and properties in .Net languages. At first sight, they seem to be the perfect tool to introduce code encapsulation and reuse in T-SQL. So why is this feature mostly avoided by all T-SQL gurus?

The reason is performance. In this session, you will learn how user-defined functions feed the optimizer with misleading and insufficient information, how the optimizer fails to use even what little information it has, and how this can lead to shocking query performance.

However, you will also see that there is a way to avoid the problems. One type of user-defined function, the inline table-valued type, may not be the easiest to use, but it is the only type of user-defined function that doesn’t impact performance. I will show how, with just a little extra effort, you can reap the benefits of code encapsulation and reuse without sacrificing performance.

Feb 21, 2017

Whether you are a developer, DBA, or anything in between, chances are you are not always following best practices when you write T-SQL. Unfortunately, many so-called “bad habits” aren’t always obvious, but can lead to poor performance, maintainability issues, and compatibility problems.

In this session, you will learn about several bad habits, how they develop, and how you can avoid them. While we will briefly discuss advice you’ve probably heard before, like avoid SELECT * and don’t use NOLOCK, you will also learn some subtleties in SQL Server that might surprise you, how some shorthand can bite you in the long run, and a very easy way to improve cursor performance.

By changing your techniques and ditching some of these bad habits for best practices, you will take new techniques back to your environment that will lead to more efficient code, a more productive workflow, or both.

Get more information, resources, and more here:

Feb 14, 2017

In this session, We will walk through various features of Power BI, How Power BI can transform your company's data into rich visuals and Easy yet powerful Analytics solutions for your whole organization.

At end of session with following Power BI Dashboard example

- sp_Blitz in Dashboard
- SQL Server Info Dashboard
- Twitter Dashboard
- World Dashboard

Most important takeaways from session -

- You will be learning basics of Power BI with the additional perk of analyzing sp_Blitz in Power BI.
- Various features of Power BI making you from ZERO to HERO
- After this session, you will be able to analyze data into Power BI

Feb 7, 2017

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is an easy-to-use tool for automating reports and creating highly visual dashboards. Although SSRS is easy to learn there are many tips and tricks that can improve your report building experience, not to mention make your reports run blazing fast!

This rapid-fire session goes over my learnings from the past six years of developing high-performance SSRS reports, including topics like multivalue parameter efficiencies, how to best utilize subreports, and performing SQL CRUD operations with SSRS.

Each rapid-fire topic includes sample data and an SSRS reporting example that users will be able to try out for themselves.