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Archives: June 2009

Learning a New Development Platform

This past week at work we have been having some in-depth training.  The interesting thing is it hasn't been SQL Server, although the Microsoft product involved uses it extensively, it has been Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

The reason I thought I'd talk about it briefly is… Read more

3 comments, 1,244 reads

Posted in SQL Musings from the Desert on 18 June 2009

The secret skill revealed in the dusty booklet

Going through one’s father’s belongings after his death is always a poignant, bitter-sweet experience. I was going through his most precious books a while back; there were books that were written by him, books by friends and relatives, books about friends or relatives, books of precious poems. There was a… Read more

24 comments, 1,806 reads

Posted in Phil Factor's Phrenetic Phoughts: The SQL on 18 June 2009

Enabling Checkpoints in your SSIS Packages

Checkpoints are a great tool in SSIS that many developers go years without even experimenting with. I hope to enlighten you on what Checkpoints are and why it is beneficial to use them. Also, I will walk you through a basic example package where they have been implemented.

What does… Read more

5 comments, 11,005 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 18 June 2009

The Cost of E-books

What’s the cost of e-books? It’s an interesting question that I have always wondered. I found this account of the cost of books, and it makes sense to me. I think this is about what I expect.

It is somewhat confirmed by this section on CoolerBooks: What aren’t ebooks… Read more

2 comments, 630 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 June 2009

PASS Connector Editorial for June 17, 2009

I currently write the editorial for the PASS Connector which is published every two weeks as part of my role on the Board of Directors. I'm cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog.

Before we launch into the big news of the week… Read more

0 comments, 587 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 June 2009

Tips on Getting HIred – Part 3

Part 1 discussed ways to find opportunities, Part 2 was about how to get more interviews, and today we’ll cover some tips from the employer perspective.

  • Don’t use an AOL.com email address. Seriously. Gmail, Live, Yahoo, all are good, but AOL.com makes it seem like you’re stuck in the 90’s.…

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11 comments, 885 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 June 2009


Yes,  ALbanian SQL Server User Group will start soon with first meeting and registering the new users. So we will start from Kosova soon and will see what will be the agenda for the first meeting. engagements has been started and we are working on… Read more

2 comments, 460 reads

Posted in Dukagjin Maloku - Dugi'DBA on 17 June 2009

Starting up a Pass Chapter

I am on my way in setting up a Pass chapter on our tiny Caribbean island. I had no clue how to go about it. First I contacted Gail Shaw. She gave me some valuable tips. Then I got in touch with Andy Warren. He send me a reply within… Read more

4 comments, 544 reads

Posted in RumblingDBA on 17 June 2009

Speaking at North Texas SQL Server User Group meeting

For those in or around the Dallas area tomorrow (Thursday) evening, I'll be speaking at the North Texas SQL Server User Group meeting at the Microsoft campus in Irving at 7pm.  I'll be giving my talk on Scripting in SSIS, one of my favorite topics.  Sean McCown will also be… Read more

0 comments, 732 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 17 June 2009

Creating Red Gate SQL Compare Snapshots with Powershell

Co-worker and fellow DBA,, John O'Shea developed a Powershell script to create Red Gate SQL Compare snapshot files. Check out John's blog post here.  

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0 comments, 897 reads

Posted in Chad Miller on 17 June 2009

Kindle – Encouraging Plagiarism?

I ran across a story about the new Kindle blog publishing features. It was called “How the Kindle Now Lets You Steal this Blog” It talks about how anyone can enter a feed for a blog, enter their information and start getting paid. In the example shown, someone… Read more

0 comments, 624 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 June 2009

Tips on Getting Hired – Part 2

Yesterday I posted Part 1 containing five ideas for those looking for work. Today I’m going to focus on what to do when you’re struggling to get interviews. Your chances of getting hired for any given job once you interview are perhaps 1 in 10 (an unscientific estimate). If you’re… Read more

11 comments, 909 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 June 2009

Three Years late, Was It Worth The Wait? Windows 7, Vista Promises Delivered.

Having been married to Microsoft for most of my professional career doesn’t mean I drink the Kool-Aid.

I have had the distinct privilege to grow up in interesting times. I loved DOS. As a BBS operator DOS was the de facto OS for most BBSes that ran on x86 hardware.… Read more

25 comments, 679 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 16 June 2009

A New Blog

I added a new blog to my reader today: The Client Revolution.

I heard about this from @NeilDavidson, and he mentioned it was a good example of innovation in the legal industry. Quite a few things I've read on there could be applied to other professional fields, especially… Read more

0 comments, 582 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 June 2009

SQLTeach Offers Wide Range of Training for DBAs and Developers

The DevTeach/SQLTeach keynote was from Tim Huckaby, founder of InterKnowlogy.


DevTeach/SQLTeach was held this past June 8-12 in Vancouver, BC at the Four Seasons Hotel, located directly in the middle of Vancouver’s vibrant city center.

The event offered 8 different tracks (two for SQL Server) and had 58 different… Read more

2 comments, 661 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 16 June 2009

Notes on the Portland Code Camp 2009

I wasn’t able to attend this event, but did participate as a sponsor and I had this follow up message from MVP Arnie Rowland:

To All Portland Code Camp 2009 Sponsors:

Our sincere appreciation for your trust, your support, and your generosity!

We had initially planned and communicated to you…

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0 comments, 573 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 June 2009

An Alternate

I was out Friday night with family at Parker Days, the festival downtown in my little city and checked email while the kids and relatives were on the Ferris Wheel. I saw on Twitter that a number of people were announcing the sessions they'd had accepted. So I fired up… Read more

0 comments, 632 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 June 2009

Tips on Getting Hired – Part 1

I was recently asked for advice about seeking a job, a request we all get from time to time. In this case it was someone who had been very technical for most of their career, but then changed direction and was now seeking to return to technology. Nothing wrong with… Read more

7 comments, 627 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 June 2009

See You In Seattle For PASS 2009!

Last Friday I got the official notice that I've been selected to present a community session at the 2009 PASS summit in Seattle. I've also had 2 other abstracts selected as alternates. Ecstatic doesn't even begin to describe how I feel right now. I've never been to the summit before… Read more

0 comments, 423 reads

Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 15 June 2009

Pensacola Results

A week ago I spoke at the Pensacola SQLSaturday event to about 30 people. A few drifted in late, so I’m not sure of the totals, but I did get these metrics from the surveys, when I had 24 people in the room:

Social Networking

  • Facebook – 18, or about…

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0 comments, 841 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 June 2009

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