My laptop is faster than SQL Azure, latency part 3

Some time back a former colleague of mine posted a blog about the poor performance of SQL Azure databases.

At the time the blog post created a big splash, and quite a few people were debating it and were unhappy about it.

The reality is that things have not changed much since then (the original blog post

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A few words on social media and why it is evil

I usually try to post only technical articles on this blog, especially articles which are related to SQL Server and databases. This one is a bit more general, even though the topic of data warehousing and analysis comes up a few times.

Lately I have been thinking about the social media and its role in our social

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How to import PDF file to SQL Server

Recently I had to import a PFD file to SQL Server database. The file contained some statistical information in the form of tables and numbers.

Here is a simple way of doing this:

 

Open the PDF file in Acrobat Reader (I used version 9.1)
Click on Save As…
Save the document as Text (Accessible) .txt
Write a SSIS package

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