[bksvol-discuss] Re: Really technical

I don't know how SQL,CIO, CFO or CEO even got mixed up with the term or the
use of a dashboard when related to bookshare, but it would be good if
bookshare did use all of these. I also do SQL, CEO, CFO, CIO, DBA, IT, web
design and the like and know what is being talked about. Just thought I
would remind that not everybody knows or would need/care to know at least
what SQL or DBA means.

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chela Robles
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 1:26 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Really technical


SQL is 
Abbreviation of structured query language, and pronounced either see-kwell
or as separate letters. SQL is a standardized query language for requesting
information from a database. The original version called SEQUEL (structured
English query language) was designed by an IBM research center in 1974 and
1975. SQL was first introduced as a commercial database system in 1979 by
Oracle Corporation. 

Historically, SQL has been the favorite query language for database
management systems running on minicomputers and mainframes. Increasingly,
however, SQL is being supported by PC database systems because it supports
distributed databases (databases that are spread out over several computer
systems). This enables several users on a local-area network to access the
same database simultaneously. 

Although there are different dialects of SQL, it is nevertheless the closest
thing to a standard query language that currently exists. In 1986, ANSI
approved a rudimentary version of SQL as the official standard, but most
versions of SQL since then have included many extensions to the ANSI
standard. In 1991, ANSI updated the standard. The new standard is known as
SAG SQL. 

  DBA is 

Short for database administrator is is the title given to the person
responsible for managing many aspects of a database including archiving,
performance, security, testing, and other tasks. 



CIO is 

Short for Chief Information Officer, CIO is a job title given to someone
within an enterprise who heads, at the executive board level, information
technology within an organization. The CIO is largely responsible for the
computer systems and the information technology (IT) that support the
organization, and works within the organization's budget to oversee the IT
implementation, often reporting to the organization's CFO (Chief Financial
Officer). Within the organization, the job of a CIO is to overall derive
greater demonstrable business value from IT spent. CIO is a job title that
is most commonly used in the military, enterprise and larger business
organizations.
And CEO is loike what President and founder Jim Fructerman is to Bookshare
if that makes sense.--

"To me, music that breaks your heart is the music that stays with you

forever. It's one thing to be melancholy and one thing to be

sophisticated, but when you get the two of them together in a way

people can relate to, then I think you're on to something. You want

the sophistication to lie in the purity of the sound, the beauty of

the arrangements, and the quality of the performances."-Trumpeter

Chris Botti

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Chela Robles

AIM and E-Mail: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx

Skype: jazzytrumpet

WindowsLive Messenger: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxxxx

I Volunteer for a non-profit organization called Bookshare, to find

out more go to: http://www.bookshare.org

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On 8/7/2010 6:13 AM, Kim Friedman wrote: 

Chela, in your explanation, you mention SQL, DBA, CIO, CEO ... I have no
idea what these acronyms stand for. The explanation is getting very
complicated. Regards, Kim Friedman. P.S.: Your writing to someone who
doesn't understand this stuff. K.

  _____  

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chela Robles
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2010 8:05 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Really technical


In information technology, a dashboard is a user interface that, somewhat
resembling an automobile's dashboard, organizes and presents information in
a way that is easy to read. However, a computer dashboard is more likely to
be interactive than an automobile dashboard (unless it is also
computer-based). To some extent, most graphical user interfaces (GUI
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employ this metaphor (and sometimes the term) so that the user instantly
recognizes the similarity.a product might obtain information from the local
operating system in a computer, from one or more applications that may be
running, and from one or more remote sites on the Web and present it as
though it all came from the same source. Hewlett Packard developed the first
such product, which began as a tool for customizing Windows desktops. Called
/Dashboard/, the HP product was subsequently acquired by Borland and then a
company called Starfish. Microsoft's /Digital Dashboard/ tool incorporates
Web-based elements (such as news, stock quotes, and so on) and corporate
elements (such as e-mail, applications, and so on) into Outlook. Dashboards
may be customized in a multitude of ways and named accordingly, generally,
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dashboard.

A software-based control panel for one or more applications, network devices
or industrial machines. Dashboards display simulated gauges and dials that
look somewhat like an automobile dashboard.


      What is the SQL Server DBA Dashboard?

The SQL Server DBA dashboard tool is both a DBA and a TSQL programmer tool.
The main goal of this tool is to allow DBAs and programmers to quickly
identify performance, SQL Agent and disk space issues associated with a
single instance of SQL Server. The dashboard tool can be installed and run
against any SQL Server 2005 SP2 or SQL Server 2008 instance.

The dashboard provides 39 different performance and disk space related
reports with a single click from the main dashboard page. These different
reports provided information in the following areas:

    * Identifies the worst performing TSQL Statement and Stored Procedures,
based on different criteria like CPU, I/O and elapsed time
    * Performance counter measurements
    * Shows summarized and detailed SQL Server Agent Job failures
    * Displays CPU consumption overtime
    * Reports on Index Fragmentation
    * I/O usage by database <#>
    * Tracks backup history
    * Tables without indexes
    * Unused and missing Indexes 

There are two different dashboards within the SQL Server DBA <#> Dashboard.
There is one dashboard for DBAs and another one with a subset of reports
targeted for SQL Server programmers/developers <#>. The main reason for
having two different dashboards has to do with permission. The
programmer/developer dashboard only requires "VIEW SERVER STATE"
permissions; where as the SQL Server DBA Dashboard requires "sysadmin"
permissions.


      Architecture/Components that make up the SQL Server DBA Dashboard:

The dashboard is made up of a single DLL, a database (SS_DBA_Dashboard), a
SQL Server Agent job and a series of Reporting Services RDL files. As
already stated the SQL Server DBA Dashboard contains two different
dashboards, one for DBAs and another for programmers.

The DLL file contains most of the code used to obtain the information
displayed in the dashboard reports. The DLL assembly is used to create
external stored procedures in the SS_DBA_Dashboard database. In additions to
SPs being created in this database there are a couple of tables to hold a
small number of statistical records. This database should grow very little,
if any after the first use of the dashboard.

The DLL and database needs to be installed on each SQL Server instance you
want to monitor with the dashboard tool. The RDL files can be stored in a
single location or multiple locations. The RDL files are designed to only to
be executed from within SQL Server Management Studio. In fact, only two RDL
files "DBA_Dashboard_Main.rdl" and "Programmer_Dashboard_Main.rdl" files
should be referenced when bringing up a Custom Report from within SSMS.
These two RDL files pass parameters to the other RDL files, so if you try to
invoke the other RDL files directly from SSMS they will fail.

Any instance where the DLL and SS_DBA_Dashboard have been installed can be
monitored using the two dashboards. The two main RDL files mentioned above
can be rendered on any client computer that has SSMS installed. The only
requirement is that the client computer be running SQL Server SP2, the
user/computer can access the RDL files, a valid registration can be made
between the client computer and the server being monitored with SSMS, and
the user using the dashboard has the permission to execute the SPs in the
SS_DBA_Dashboard database.



**


--
"To me, music that breaks your heart is the music that stays with you
forever. It's one thing to be melancholy and one thing to be
sophisticated, but when you get the two of them together in a way
people can relate to, then I think you're on to something. You want
the sophistication to lie in the purity of the sound, the beauty of
the arrangements, and the quality of the performances."-Trumpeter
Chris Botti
--
Chela Robles
AIM and E-Mail: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx
Skype: jazzytrumpet
WindowsLive Messenger: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxxxx
I Volunteer for a non-profit organization called Bookshare, to find
out more go to: http://www.bookshare.org
--


On 8/6/2010 1:44 PM, Kim Friedman wrote:
> Hi, 
I read this message about dashboards (the computer ones, not the
> ones in 
cars), and I haven't the faintest idea what one is supposed
> to do when 
encountering a dashboard. I'm afraid I think: "huh? What
> is that for? 
Why do they call it a dashboard?" In short, this is
> beyond my purview 
and I'm stumped. Can someone explain this dashboard
> thing to me in 
simple terms and show me what you'd do if you came
> across one? I'm 
willing to learn. Regards, a confused Kim Friedman.
> 
> 
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