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Archives: January 2009

What are the Necessary Ingredients for Writing a Successful Book for New SQL Server Developers?

A number of book publishers regularly send me books, hoping that I will write a good review for them. Most of the time, I don’t have the time to read them, so they end up on my bookshelf collecting dust, or maybe I will give them away to friends.

Recently,… Read more

2 comments, 1,873 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 30 January 2009

Waiting for a SmartPhone

I’ve got a Sidekick 3 right now that works OK for me, lets me check some basic email, get texts, etc., but it’s not a great phone. It could be, but the issues I have with IMAP as well as the flaky connections make it one that I don’t want… Read more

1 comments, 1,491 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 January 2009

Event Reminder - South Florida Code Camp is February 7, 2009

The fifth annual South Florida Code Camp is being held on Feb 7th. They've got a huge schedule of sessions, probably the biggest you'll see at a free event. This will be my second year participating, I'll be giving a short presentation on SQL statistics and spending the rest of… Read more

0 comments, 1,257 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 January 2009

Attend the European PASS Conference 2009 in Neuss Germany

The European PASS Conference will be held in Neuss Germany (near Düsseldorf) from April 22-24, 2009. It will include 36 technical sessions, with tracks for DBAs, Developers, and BI Experts. It will also include several full-day pre-conference sessions.

I will be speaking at the conference on the topic of “Database… Read more

0 comments, 1,541 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 29 January 2009

New Business Cards

I ordered new business cards recently after I gave one to someone that needed to send me something and realized that the wrong address was on there. It was pre-sale to Red Gate and had our corporate address on it. Add to that the back had printing on it from… Read more

0 comments, 1,549 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 January 2009

Ruthless Focus - An Addendum

Forgot I had this, a friend had sent it to a while back as something I might blog about. Mike Elgan discusses work ethic versus attention control (aka focus). If you read yesterday, you might find this worthwhile - Work Ethic 2.0: Attention Control. Read more

0 comments, 1,334 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2009

PASS Update #3

It's been busy since my last update, lots of stuff to work on! I probably won't get it all in one post, but I'll try to hit the highlights. The main event over the past two weeks was my first board meeting in Seattle.

I arrived Monday afternoon and shared… Read more

7 comments, 1,408 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2009

All the Aggregate Data you Crave with Grouping Sets in SQL Server 2008

As reporting requirements increase, it seems that aggregate functions have thankfully risen to the occasion concurrently. To maintain its competitive edge as Staples' best Canadian vendor, BaldGorilla, where I’m consulting actually, has been able to fulfill the most demanding deadlines thanks to the query results produced from Grouping Sets. … Read more

2 comments, 2,640 reads

Posted in The Database Hive for SQL Server DBAs on 28 January 2009

Do You Want to Help Provide Feedback on a New Book I Am Writing?

Normally when I write a book, I create a book outline, give it to my editor for feedback, make some changes, then begin writing the book.

I would like to try something different, assuming you are interested. Since I am at the very early stage of creating the book’s outline,… Read more

2 comments, 4,048 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 28 January 2009

Who Do We Choose to Follow?

Think about your career and the managers, and potentially leaders, that you’ve had in your life. Think about life in general and who do you admire, who have you modeled yourself after or who you wanted to follow in sports, in a hobby, in life, etc.

I’ve heard about, read… Read more

13 comments, 2,005 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 January 2009

Ruthless Focus - A Different Type of Time Management Philosophy

If you could list all the reasons I work, the number one reason would be to support my family. My definition of support includes spending an appropriate amount of time with family, not just working to support it. I suspect most of you would agree with that as a goal.… Read more

19 comments, 1,539 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 January 2009

DBA Education

I always consider taking seminars and technical conferences as a key component in my DBA education framework

Last week (Jan 21 to 22, 2008), I attended MS TechDays Canada 2008 in Vancouver, BC. Though the quality of the sessions is above the usual business-promotion-focused sessions, I still feel the quality… Read more

7 comments, 1,703 reads

Posted in DBA Philosophy on 27 January 2009

It's Your Ship

I saw this book (It's Your Ship) in a Barnes and Noble and the title and cover attracted me. So I picked it up and read the back, thought it was interesting, and later grabbed it for the Kindle. I do still buy books from B&N, but for… Read more

9 comments, 1,754 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 January 2009

Comulative Update package 3 for SQL Server 2008

 Just to announced that we have now available the comulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008!


This Update package is applies to:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL…

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0 comments, 1,431 reads

Posted in Dukagjin Maloku - Dugi'DBA on 27 January 2009

Automated Book Scanner & Pasta Ponchos

I've mentioned before that Jeff Duntemann is one of my favorite bloggers, and I thought I'd show why I enjoy it by including a few recent links he's talked about:

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0 comments, 1,593 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 January 2009

Presentation Notes from SQL Saturday

For those who were in my session on SSIS Scripting at SQL Saturday Tampa last weekend, I have posted the examples and slide deck on my website.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Read more

2 comments, 1,344 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 26 January 2009

Kindle Update - Traveling without a battery

I had to go to the UK recently and took my Kindle along. I put some thought into my Kindle use before I left and ended up with things not working out as I planned.

The planning went into the trip because I usually read on planes and I expected… Read more

5 comments, 1,528 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 January 2009

Notes from SQLSaturday #10 in Tampa

SQLSaturday #10 was held January 24, 2008 in Tampa at the Kforce Building. Attendance was about 175, down slightly from the year before. Overall the event turned out well; 36 sessions, everyone got fed, no major logistical challenges. I definitely noticed a few repeat participants from last year, and we've… Read more

3 comments, 1,283 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 January 2009

SQL Saturday Tampa

I’m sitting in the Tampa airport waiting for a flight back home from SQL Saturday 10 in Tampa.  There was a good turnout at the event; the last news I heard was that over 300 had registered initially, and that there were close to 200 that actually showed up.  I… Read more

5 comments, 1,648 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 25 January 2009

Attending TechEd 2009? Consider Hosting a Birds of a Feather Session

Anyone attending TechEd 2009 can submit a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session proposal. These sessions are open discussion topics of mutual interest to other TechEd attendees, and can include almost any topic of interest to developers and IT professionals. If your BOF session is accepted, you will act as… Read more

0 comments, 1,418 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 January 2009

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