What topics can I ask about here?

dba.se is for those needing expert answers to advanced database-related questions concerning traditional SQL RDBMS and NoSQL alternatives.


If you have a question about...

  • Database Administration including configuration and backup / restore
  • Advanced Querying including window-functions, dynamic-sql, and query-performance
  • Data Modelling and database-design, including referential-integrity
  • Advanced Programming in built-in server-side languages including stored-procedures and triggers.
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence including etl, reporting, and olap

…then you're in the right place to ask your question!


but, dba.se is *not* the right place to ask questions about...

  • Client-side programming - ask on Stack Overflow
  • Basic SQL - ask on Stack Overflow
  • Career advice, including salary or résumé - try Patrick McKenzie's Don't call yourself a programmer

Not sure? For questions like "Is MS Access on topic?" see the questions tagged 'faq' on our meta site.

For more help, see "What types of questions should I avoid asking?"

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Please don't "cross-post" - meaning post the same question to both Stack Overflow and DBA Stack Exchange. While our subject matters certainly overlap, this activity splinters answers and can cause unnecessary work for other users. Usually one of the copies of the question will either be deleted, or migrated / closed / merged.

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