Archives: July 2007
"Database Professional Toolkit" with Brian and Jeremy
Midlands PASS Chapter - August 2, 2007 Meeting
Sponsored by Red Gate Software
The Midlands PASS Chapter is pleased to announce our first member-led "Database Professional Toolkit" which features our own members demonstrating tools they use with SQL Server. These presentations aren't sales…
We've just moved all the PASS chapters that were hosted on ~.ssc.com domains over to ~.sqlgroups.com. This is part of the final cleanup as we try to make sure we don't have anything left pointing at SSC. If you're the leader of one of these groups and are hosting elsewhere…
I imagine many of you have seen or attended a Code Camp, a one day free mini conference type event that focuses on demo's and code. Brian & I have done SQL presentations at most of them in Fl and they vary from fair to great events, all depending on…
I actually started writing an article on this, but it's been sidetracked with travel and other stuff. However I do mean to get back to it at some point.
In the meantime, Jamie Thomson went ahead and wrote a nice entry on Business Intelligence, what is it and what is…
First saw information about a tool called SQL Internals Viewer
in a blog post here
at Kalen Delaney's blog
. The tool gives a graphical representation of how the data is physically allocated. It's currently in beta but has some nice functionality.
Here are the requirements:
I've looked at the daily newsletter for a year now and I've wondered about the table of contents. It seems so small and plain that I've been wanting to change it, but I wasn't sure what made sense. Then earlier this week someone suggested reordering the "Users that need help"…
This turned out to be a nice event, better venue than last year. Well organized is always appreciated even at free events. Kudos to Keith & Keith at VisualGov for a first class job.
Brian, Chris, and I did our presentations on Sat and all went pretty well, we gave…
If you haven't seen the announcement, a new version of the SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer
is available for download (dated July 2, 2007). The BPA will run on Windows XP, 2003, and Vista. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 as well as the SQL Server 2005 client…
Quite a few complaints on the QOD section from last week, mostly justified. A couple I had to defend, which is always tough. I have a fairly thick skin on the editorials, but for some reason the QODs tend to annoy me more and I get defensive. So I need…
Last week I received an email indicating that MySQL had made available an entry level certification, the Certified MySQL Associate
. The idea is to provide a certification which shows a person has some basic knowledge of MySQL, but not at the level of a developer
Ever wanted to change the default template and style for the Reporting Services Wizard? Just think how much time this would save of repetitive work inserting images, formatting colors and text.
Well there are two files that maybe of interest to you; StyleTemplates.xml and Report.rdl. If you are familiar with… Read more
I'm not big on beta testing, or at least haven't been for a number of
years because I can't afford the instability. VPC has helped and I
actually loaded up SS2K8 to do some early looking awhile back, but for
the most part I'm not into testing other people's unpolished…
If you've spent much time at all reading Steve Jones's blog posts and SSC editorials, you quickly glean that he finds working in solitude to be an interesting challenge. I'm sure that others could tell a similar story, but I had not experienced this for myself until recently. An upcoming…
Not a happy story, but if you've got a child I suspect it will be easy to decide to buy a raffle ticket to try to help out. My friend Steve Jones posted the raffle over at SSC
. Brian, Steve, and I (End to End Training) are doing our…
It's interesting being at a software company, especially one that's
building on another platform. I've never done this before, having
worked for companies outside technology building their own platforms
and then JD Edwards, building software, but their own platform for
companies to use. Red Gate, of which I sort of…
Lots of debate and disagreement on my recommendation to wait for SQL
Server 2008 instead of upgrading to SQL Server 2005 now. What's funny
is that I wrote the recommendation a few weeks ago and the day before I
scheduled it to release, MS announced a Feb date for 2008.
Just when I was about to start a pool for the release date, Microsoft announced today it will release on Feb 27, 2008.
With only one CTP out there, and numerous changes I heard about at
TechEd that haven't been included, they must be fairly close to getting