Next Monday night is the networking dinner that Andy Warren and I have put together for the last 6 years. Once again, we’ve arranged for everyone in Seattle to come join in.
If you don’t have plans for Monday night, pick a time, and join us at the Yardhouse. We’ve… Read more
If you are attending the PASS Summit next week in Seattle, and want to attend a fun party on Thursday night, come by the Redgate Software booth in the expo hall for your #RedgateRocks bracelet. This is your ticket to admission Thursday night.
Walk down to 1927 3rd Ave between… Read more
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.
Suppose you want to audit logins for your SQL Server instance. There are multiple ways to do this, but Logon Triggers have a few advantages. First, they… Read more
I’ll be attending the 2016 Pass Summit as a part of the Redgate Software crew. I’m not speaking this year, so most of my time will be at the Redgate booth, showing you a few tricks and tips with products and maybe convincing you that we can help your company… Read more
One of the things I struggled with a bit was getting test results to appear in VSTS from my builds.
Here’s my original Build flow:
However, when I’d run a build, I got this in the Build summary:
That’s not great, and I knew this could work better, so I… Read more
This is part of a monthly… Read more
On Thursday night, Oct 27, 2016, Andy Warren and I are hosting a game night event at the Washington State Convention Center. This is a low-key, alternative fun event for those of you that might not be attending another party elsewhere.
This year PASS announced that Thursday night would be an open night at the PASS Summit, with no events scheduled. Typically Microsoft has sponsored a party at Gameworks, but not this year. PASS has a list of events at the Summit, if you want to browse. Many of these… Read more
I had a new presentation to give this week at IT/DevConnections. This is a paid for conference, and I want to be well prepared and ready for the events. It’s the least I can do for people who have spent money to attend an event.
I enjoy IT/DevConnections, and… Read more
I love SQL Prompt, since it makes T-SQL coding quicker and easier. One of the handiest things is the Snippet Manager. I’ll show you how this works.
When I type something, like “cl”, I get a list of things, as shown below..
I see CLOSE, which has “cl” in it,… Read more
This month is an interesting T-SQL Tuesday topic, and it’s brought to us by Andy Mallon, with the topic of the same old issues we’re still dealing with. I think that’s an interesting issue, since I do find myself answering the same old questions over and over.
If… Read more
On Monday, October 24, 2016, there will be a Free-Con in Seattle for those that might not be attending a pre-con before the Pass Summit. Put on by Jason Brimhall and Wayne Sheffield, there’s a set of 6 sessions you can attend for free that day.
It’s PASS Summit time and that means Andy Warren and I are doing another Monday Night Networking Dinner.
For those of you that haven’t come in the past, Andy and I aren’t buying you dinner. What we are doing is setting up a time and location for people to come…
I hope everyone is well in Florida, but the hurricane caused a postponement of SQL Saturday Orlando. Fortunately I caught the note early enough on Wednesday and spent about an hour at lunch cancelling travel plans and moving my flight from DC to Orlando to Denver to an early… Read more
It’s another week of travel for me, starting early this morning. This is another crazy trip, and yes, I did this to myself. However, I am taking note this time and I’ve already declined and refused a few things for 2017 to try and avoid these trips.
Last year I published an article on SQLServerCentral from Guarab Vohra on using SQL Prompt with a VCS. I really like the article, and had been meaning to get my own SQL Prompt Snippet library into a repo, but kept putting it off.
I’m sure many people are experimenting with VMs and SQL Server. If you’re like me, many of you just default to installing Windows 7/10 or Windows Server xx Standard for your testing. Those systems work fine, but I’ve been trying to build slimmer systems, which means looking at Server Core.… Read more
I was playing with some Extended Events recently. If you haven’t tried, I’d encourage you to do so. However, working with XML is not my favorite. I know I can get the GUI in SSMS 16.x to show me events, but I sometimes want to query.
Here was my quick… Read more
SQL Prompt has lots of great features that can help you write SQL quicker. However, you’ve got to train yourself to use a few of these and not just start to type with your old habits. This quick tip looks at one of those areas when inserting data into tables. Read more
I wrote about Azure SQL Database for T-SQL Tuesday #82, but I had a few mistakes in my process, at least from a cost standpoint. Since I’ll probably use this a bit more as I flesh out some CI/CD, I decided to document a bit more about the database… Read more