5 SQL Server Worst Practices You Must Avoid at All Costs

In this article, we have addressed some of the most common mistakes and worst practices users should avoid at any cost.

Worst practices or common errors can vary from business to team; or team to business. Just like finding a solution for any problem, the first step here also is for the user to recognize the problem. Once the user is acquainted with the problems, or errors he is more likely to avoid them in the future. Here is a list of some of the worst practices that you can go through and avoid in the future.

Avoid SQL Server Worst Practices

1. No Testing

Fixing and testing codes can be a very scary proposition. However, it is also one of the most important yet underrated tasks, when it comes to maintaining a database. Users should always ensure to test run a code after implementing changes in it to make sure that it runs appropriately. Being frantic while making any changes in a coding will only lead you towards an unfortunate situation.

2. No Security

The database is the core of any business; it comprises of everything from client details to customer contacts to employee details. This can also include bank details of these individuals. It is essential for all organizations no matter how big or small to have a proper security structure, in order to ensure a stable and healthy image in the market. Nobody wants to be associated with a brand whose database keeps on getting hacked.  

3. No Maintenance

SQL Server is a Database management system designed to make the storage and usability of databases more accessible. So what will happen if these databases are not maintained and used or stored properly in the SQL Server? It is important for users to run tests and check their data maintenance from time to time, to avoid any data damage.

Running Maintenance can be a bit challenging based on the environmental constraints of an organization. However, this task can be automated and customized based on user requirements. 

4. No Regular Backups

This is by far the most common mistake made by small businesses. They tend to ignore creating a backup of their precious data and often end up taking a lot of loss.

And even if organizations are particular about creating backups, they never test run those backup which is equally bad as not creating a backup. Businesses should put more effort and energy on creating backups to deal with incidents of SQL corruption.

There are several cloud-based, off-site and third-party solutions which can be used by organizations based on their data backup needs.

5. Non standardized Coding Techniques

An organization consists of more than dozen people, so it’s obvious they are prone to use different coding methods with unnecessary temporary tables, heavily use cursors, no naming conventions etc. However, are all of these complex techniques necessary? What usually happens in an organization is if a code works, others start using it by making minor changes in it.

However, the correct way to use a code is by understanding it. The user should understand the key objective that the code is trying to accomplish. They should also run the code using a few different options, and also consider code’s maintenance aspects while using it.

Author Introduction:

Victor Simon is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including Access damage and sql recovery software products. For more information visit https://www.datanumen.com/