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A good cure to a creepy doll is a good old post that is still useful. In this post, I’m going back over some of the posts that came out in this week in previous years. Having looked over these from time to time, I’m… Read more
I just checked in again on our LinkedIn campaign, had a couple days with good impression counts. We can still only tie 1 registration to all of the LinkedIn effort so far. Keep going, or ? I think I’m going to see if I can change the URL to a… Read more
A few friends challenged me yesterday, including Grant Fritchey and Aaron Bertrand. Last night, when I got to the Denver SQL Server User Group meeting, Todd Kleinhans was ready to take the challenge and asked if I’d participate.
I was speaking, but happy to do it afterwards. Here we… Read more
Got this in morning email from Khan Academy. Not sure if I agree that we all can learn anything, but I love the video anyway because the best lesson to learn is that learning takes time, effort, and stumbles. I watch my own kids struggle with this, and think how… Read more
It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.
Posts That Were Popular This Week
I don’t mind saying that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, scares me. A degenerative disease that takes away the minds ability to control the body, leaving the mind intact… words fail me. Add to that the fact that there is no known cure, and that… Read more
- Busy week, should have blogged about it before the event
- Did a remote presentation on securing credit card data
- First time using Lync for remote, not hard to use, but not good to try 10 minutes before hand either (my fault)
- Camera in the room was nice, had a sense…
I just spent a few minutes reviewing the 2015 PASS budget, things that I noticed:
- Anticipating a change in revenue of 1.1 million. That seems…optimistic
- IT spend is now $550k, up $150k over 2014. Probably good, but what are we doing with that? Ah, the budget doesn’t say
After quite a while it has finally returned: another Stupid Me™®©! A reminder:
Every time I do something “stupid”, which happens from time to time, I’ll do a little blog post on what happened and how I solved it. The reason for this is twofold: I’ll have a solution online… Read more
One of the biggest headaches in most development groups that do any sort of SQL Server work is that of source control. There are some commercial products that attempt to solve this headache, and from what I understand, some of them do a pretty decent job. The only one that… Read more
One of the great…
I’m continuing to experiment with the messaging. Without A/B testing (and maybe even with, given the small list size) it’s hard to know what works, or doesn’t. If nothing else we’ll poll on it post event. I have some guidelines:
- Message every Tuesday. If they read them all good,…
I’ve been thinking about this topic for a few weeks, maybe longer. It’s based on the three years I served on the PASS Board, and observations of others who served before during, and after that time. I’m trying to look at behaviors and patterns, not people and personalities, though surely… Read more
If you haven’t already, please read Denise McInerney’s post about why PASS no longer stands for the Professional Association for SQL Server.
The Growth of an Organization
If you’ve been involved with PASS lately, you’ve probably seen this change coming. When I read the post, I wasn’t surprised. PASS… Read more
I was looking to write a new test with the tsqlt framework recently. I wanted to isolate a stored procedure’s logic and planned on using the FakeFunction procedure available in tsqlt.
I wrote my test, using a template from the Pluralsight course on tsqlt and the documentation. I tried to… Read more
I read with a bit of despair this post by Denise McInerney this morning. Going forward, it’s just “PASS”. Somehow we’ve transitioned to being a data organization, which I think means big data, Power Query, Sharepoint, Excel, and everything else. I always thought the SQL Server community was plenty big… Read more
As companies go, Red Gate is a little different. That is readily apparent in our tools and the philosophy behind them, ingeniously simple. But, we do a lot of other things too. There’s the Simple-Talk web site where we publish serious articles on all aspects of development and database administration… Read more
Two years ago today I began my blog with a post about the DEFAULT keyword. I set out with the goal of building a blog I could be truly proud of in three years. One that was well liked and provided value to the community.
Little did I imagine… Read more