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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:12 PM
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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:23 PM
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I probably would play around with it. During one layoff period I built a soduku solver. I'm disappointed in performance, (two minutes to find the same three results I had come up with by hand in a lot more time.) but also not surprised because of the IO needed. I suspect it would take much less time in C# because you can do customized eliminations. (pick the numbers with the least degrees of freedom first, then do the same with the new set, etc.) C# would be much better as a designer.
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I would accept a teaching position. That's something I am looking forward to when I (sort of) retire. If I had total financial freedom, I could do it now.
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YES!!!!

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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:01 PM


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I would definitely continue with SQL. Often times we get engrosed in the day-to-day. But I think 98% of us first emerged in the SQL scene based on one thing...interest in this fascinating technology. It most likely wasn't because of the need for a paycheck, although that was a comforting side effect. What first entrigued us (well I can speak for myself) about SQL has only been fortified by a career, but not diminished. Only elevated.

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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:27 PM


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@trstringwer- excellent, and very well said!

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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 10:16 PM
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No. I would study to be a pilot. Then buy a plane and fly myself around the world. Forget sailing!


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Posted Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:29 AM
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Actually, I have stopped working: I retired.

I started with Sql 4.21. My last install, for pay, was 2008. For the last 10+ years I have had a home network where I would test what I couldn't at work. My wife and I travel a couple of times a year, but we mostly hang around home. I've tried hobbies, photography, model planes, but enjoy working with Sql. Must be in my DNA. On occasion I help out friends, that are still working, just to stay busy.

There's just so much TV I can watch.
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Posted Sunday, March 20, 2011 8:26 AM
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I started with SQL (Oracle 5.0) in 1989 and got hooked quickly. I am amazed with the new VERBS and methods you can now do, but for the most part it still consistently the same. I would go through some "withdrawals" and would have to slowly move away - such an addiction. I would like to teach and share all my depth of knowledge but I must first complete my MBA.
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"Tomorrow morning, you wake up and find you have enough money never to have to work another day.


Retired 3 years ago, after having been first introduced to databases via a relational DB utilized by Hewlett Packard. Developed in that ancient, oh so ancient technology, a complete General Ledger Accounting System. And then on to SQL 6.5 those many long years ago marveling at its strengths to do what I had done in a relational DB. Now keep active here an at home with SQL 2005/2008 for the shear joy of it.

Many years ago read an article in a British Medical journal, (the Lancet, if memory does not fail me). To wit, an active mind reduces the chances of suffering from old age diseases such as Alzhimers. And so with that element I consider learning and using T-SQL as a form of medication (self prescribed and hence inexpensive).

But most importantly ... It is fun


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