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SQL SERVER 2016 – ISJSON Function

In my first post, How to load data into SQL Server using JSON functionality, I discussed one of the key functions of SQL Server 2016 JSON support, which is OPENJSON.

Today we will see another built in function of JSON, which is ISJSON.

ISJSON - This function is used to test whether a string contains valid JSON or not. It returns 1 if the string is valid JSON. If not, it returns 0. It returns null if the expression is null. We will check all of these return values.

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Switching Tables in a SQL Server Database to a New Filegroup

Sometimes you may find your SQL Server database is performing at suboptimal levels. After a lot of use, especially in a production environment, your database will have endured a high number of transactions, object creation and drops, and these can lead to fragmentation of the data at the disk level. You may also find that your database is quite large, but it has some empty space. However, when you attempt to shrink the database, you cannot do it. In this case, a common culprit is fragmentation.

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Employee Spotlight – Jameson Balingit

Many people ask us, “What is the best part of working at Exsilio?”.. The answer is simple, our people! Every month we will be spotlighting one of our awesome employees. These spotlights will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at Exsilio, and fun facts about what makes them great!

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Entrepreneurship in the New Generation

Recently, I had the honor of participating in Startup Weekend GIRLS (#swgirls) at the Lake Washington Girls Middle School. Together with our Marketing Coordinator, Shawna Proske, I acted as a coach; to help the new generation of entrepreneurs to brainstorm, plan, develop, and pitch their new business ideas for the competition.

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Business Intelligence: How Much Do I Need?

Many business leaders find themselves asking, “How much Business Intelligence do I need” when faced with the task of determining where they stand in the market, where they can improve, and/or how they can cut costs. Of course, if that business had unlimited resources, then the answer is “give me everything you’ve got”. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have those kind of resources, so the question becomes: how much business intelligence (BI) do I need.
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Email Marketing and Social Media Saturation

Recently, noted writer and public speaker, Tim Ferris announced he would be moving more of his marketing to email from major social channels like Facebook and Twitter. The reason he gave is that today's world is a “battlefield of noise” and that with social media saturation, his blog posts were getting lost in the fray.

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4 Behaviors for Project Management Success that you can Implement Today

There are many resources for aspiring or practicing project managers. A cursory internet search turns up a multitude of tools, theories, and certifications. While the inherent rigidity of project management is important, soft skills often play a huge role in determining the outcome of a project. The behaviors outlined below reflect learnings that I’ve accumulated over the years to improve my projects and provide the most amount of value I can to any project owner.

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Big Data & Marketing

As a business intelligence professional, I am always keeping an eye on developing trends in the industry and recently I came across an article on the "Top 8 Big Data Trends That Marketers Should Care About." Being a part of the Redmond office, I have the opportunity to see our marketing team in action and appreciate the work that they do. This article naturally piqued my interest as I see the team work diligently to help clients develop sound marketing strategies to grow their businesses and streamline their day-to-day business operations. MORE

Software Testing Trends

In the past years, the trending of mobile technology, applications and the cloud has grown exponentially. It continues to grow today. Therefore, the demand for testers is growing as well. Security, performance, and usability testing are on top of their list to have a successful product.

The popularity of mobile technology and apps are insane. Along with it, the demand for mobile testing continue to trend exponentially every year. Based on the study published by Capgemini, Sogeti and HP in 2013 -2014 around global testing trends, there is an average of a 70% increase in mobile testing practices across industries. MORE

Maps aren’t just for directions!

There’s a good chance that you looked at a map recently. Maybe it was the GPS in your car or on your phone. Or it may have been on an app to help you find a place to eat or fuel up at a gas station. Every time you use one of these maps you are utilizing a Geographic Information System. Until about 5 years ago, if someone said ‘GIS’ they were probably talking about ESRI’s ArcMap. Today, the term GIS is more ambiguous and can be applied to a lot of different solutions that involve a map. MORE

Best Practices for Social Media Engagement

With new emerging technology and the internet at our fingertips, Social Media is changing the marketing world today and offering a unique way for marketers to engage customers. Not only does it promote news or updates in real time, it also allows interaction between the organization and their customers via comments, Likes, feedback or sharing. MORE

Practicing Clichés

You can't just execute an idea that worked for someone else and expect it to perform better for you. This is how best practices get people in trouble; an idea, concept, campaign, etc, turns into a practice, diminishing opportunities for innovation and creativity.

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Mysterious “File Access Denied” in Windows 8

Often times in the past, I try to delete a file or folder only to be presented with a message kindly reminding me that I can’t delete because it has been locked by another application, So I find the program that has the file open and close it. That’s fine with me because I understand the kernel needs to protect the file to maintain stability.

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How to Talk to Strangers

I’ve always felt very comfortable walking up to strangers and starting a conversation. Since I was very little, my CEO father took me to business meetings with him and forced me to walk up to his friends and say hello – most often, I had never met these people before.

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Coming Full Circle

Well, here I am again. I find myself back at Exsilio after a 3 year hiatus to see what else is out there in the professional world of software development. I’m lucky enough to live in Irvine, CA.

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Exsilio Out and About

In our latest venture outside the office and the land of code and Expression Studio, we have teamed with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce to bring "Legends and Leaders" to the Orange County business community. In its second year, Legends and Leaders is an extradordinary event showcasing standouts in corporate Orange County.

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