TSQL Search for the Last Record in a Group

In this article I’ll show how to get the most recent record for a group of records in a SQL Server table. There are a number of ways to do this including CTEs and nested subqueries. Since nested subqueries are the most widely supported across the different versions of SQL Server, I consider them the most robust/straightforward way to get the job done, so in this article I will show you how to solve this problem using a nested subquery in either your WHERE or your FROM clause.

At the end of this article I’ll give the full working example Pet shop table and query that you can copy and paste into a SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) session to try out the code for yourself.

If you find this article useful, be sure to check out my other SQL Server related articles for more tips.

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T-SQL to Enforce Proper Case Capitalization

Capitalize the First Letter of Each Word
Capitalize the First Letter of Each Word

This handy-dandy T-SQL query will take any input string and capitalize the start of each word within the string. It will also enforce proper use of lower-case throughout the string without affecting query performance too severely. This query assumes that you are working with titles, user names, or place names where you want to make sure that the first letter of each word is capitalized. Continue reading “T-SQL to Enforce Proper Case Capitalization”

Basic Example of using the ASP.NET FileUpload to Save into a Database

Here is a super-simple bare-bones example of an ASP.NET Web form page in C# that uses the .NET FileUpload component to allow a user to upload a file into a SQL Server database table. I’ve put this together as a template to show just how easy it is to do and how few lines of actual code the process actually requires. Surprisingly the examples I found online and at the Microsoft support site were incomplete or had errors, so this is my attempt at making things clear. Continue reading “Basic Example of using the ASP.NET FileUpload to Save into a Database”