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Archives: February 2009

BoiseCodeCamp and TechFest to be Held March 28, 2009

The BoiseCodeCamp and TechFest will be held Saturday, March 28th at Boise State University. This free event include 57 one-hour sessions covering a wealth of topics, including software development, networking, Windows virtualization, robotics, project management, OSX, agile practices, web design, C++, C#, SQL Server, and much more.

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 26 February 2009

devLINK Call for Speakers to End March 13, 2009

If you are interested in speaking at the devLINK Technical  Conference in Nashville, TN, August 13-15th, you need to get your speaking proposals in no later than March 13, 2009. Visit www.devlink.net for more information.


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Posted in SQL Aloha on 25 February 2009

Microsoft Starts New Website Focused on IT Pro

Microsoft has introduced a new website (part of Microsoft.com) called Thrive. It is still in its infancy, but its focus is on Career Care (professional development), Technical Competency (certification and enhancing your skill set), and Business and IT Alignment (how to align company and IT’s goals).

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 25 February 2009

Want Information on Data Dude, Check Out DBProj.Com

If you use Data Dude (Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR), you might want to check out Gert Draper’s new website, DBProj.com. Gert used to be the Software Architect and Engineering  Manager of Data Dude, and he has started a new website focused on the product. While… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 20 February 2009

Providing More Feedback on My New Book: Defining Extents

As some of you may know, I am writing a new book called High Performance Index Maintenance. As an experiment within the SQL Server community, I have been asking for DBAs to provide feedback on the books contents.

In my first blog about this topic, I asked people to… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 19 February 2009

Which is Better: Heaps or Tables with Clustered Indexes?

I have always been of the personal opinion that all SQL Server tables have a clustered index. As part of the research I am doing on a new book on High Performance Index Maintenance, and on heaps specifically, I ran across this SQL Server Best Practices Article from Microsoft.… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 13 February 2009

Registration for SQLBits in Manchester, England is Now Open

Registration for SQLBits IV, to be held in Manchester, England on Saturday, March 28, 2009, is now open. This free event is billed as the largest SQL Server conference in the United Kingdom, and it offers 28 different sessions, in 5 tracks, on many different aspects of SQL Server. See… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 11 February 2009

Interested in Boosting the Performance of SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services?

Microsoft has published a white paper called SQL Server 2008 White Paper: Analysis Services Performance Guide that you might find interesting.

It focuses on:

  • Enhancing Query Performance
  • Enhancing Processing Performance
  • Turning Server Resources.

If you are involved in SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services at all, you will want to read… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 February 2009

Challenging the Tyranny of Third-Party Vendors: A DBA’s Manifesto

Over the years, I have dealt with a lot of third-party applications (and their vendors) that use SQL Server as their back-end databases. It has often been an uneasy relationship, fraught with pain and tribulation. The overriding feeling I have gotten from most of these vendors is that they could… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 February 2009

Call for Speakers for European PASS Ends February 7th, 2009

There are only a few more days before the call for speaker for European PASS ends, on Saturday, February 7th, 2009. If you want to submit a session, visit call2speakers.european-pass-conference.com/.



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Posted in SQL Aloha on 4 February 2009

SQL Server 2008 Books Online (January 2009 Update) Available for Download

Microsoft has just released the SQL Server 2008 Books Online (January 2009) update.

To download the 144 MB file so you can install it locally on your computer, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=765433F7-0983-4D7A-B628-0A98145BCB97&displaylang=en

If you just want to access the online version, visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd408738.aspx



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Posted in SQL Aloha on 3 February 2009

Call for Speakers for DevTeach/SQLTeach Vancouver to End February 10th

If you are interested in speaking at DevTeach/SQLTeach in Vancouver, BC this June 8-12, you have until February 10, 2008 to submit your speaking abstracts. This event offers 136 different sessions, so there is lots of opportunity for you to speak within your topic of expertise.

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 3 February 2009