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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Archives: August 2007

Registration is Open for SQLSaturday Orlando

It's taken a while to get here, but we're finally accepting registrations for the event. This link will take you direct to the page!

http://www.sqlsaturday.com/register.aspx

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 August 2007

Blogging on Blogs & Professional Development

Steve posted an interesting editorial on blogs at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=263&messageid=393904 and the follow up discussion was pretty interesting. Read that if you have time, but the short story was he recommended that you separate personal/professional blogs. Easy enough to understand why, but that really leads to a larger discussion of when/why…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 August 2007

Getting Random Results Posted on SSC

I previously blogged about using newid() to get random ordering and after chatting with Steve about it, decided to write about it a little more detail for two reasons. One is that sites like SSC thrive by increasing their surface area and it's always good to have an article that…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 August 2007

SQLSaturday Schedule Announced

Our one day free SQL Server event is slowly gaining momentum! Draft schedule is at http://www.sqlsaturday.com/schedule.aspx. 30 sessions total and a great list of speakers. If you're near Orlando on Nov 10th hope you'll plan to attend.

Mike AntonovichUsing CASE in TSQL
Joe HealyADO.NET Synchronization Services in…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 August 2007

Comments on the 2007 Jacksonville Code Camp

I attended for the morning and Brian attended in the afternoon and did a session as well. It was interesting to compare it to the Orlando and Tampa events that we've been to recently. I think Orlando was the most well run in terms of most of the details. Orlando…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 August 2007

SQLSaturday Update

We went for a site visit Tues and I think it will really work out well for us. Good parking, easy to find, and brand new building so all is clean and shiny. Everyone has pretty much the same formula for these events; welcome and keynote, sessions, lunch, sessions, closing…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 August 2007

Replication Book Review/Intereview Posted on SSC

Book reviews aren't easy and it's always hard to tell if you're telling the reader anything they can't learn from Amazon. The comments on Amazon have to be taken with a grain of salt, as should my review of course. We're in the age of multi author books where multi-author…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 August 2007

Table Partioning Article Posted on SSC

Article is at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/awarren/3135.asp. I'll have quite a few more on this subject over the next few months. As I mentioned in my recent article on Professional Development Plans partitions have been my recent focus and there is no better way to see if I have absorbed most of…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 August 2007

Fewer Seats Make for Better User Group Meetings?

We had a visitor from another group at our recent www.opass.org meeting and it was interesting that one bit of feedback was because we had filled every seat the visitor felt it made for a better experience because people talked more to each other - due to sheer proximity, where…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 August 2007

User Groups, Geeks, and Puzzles

Last night we had one of bi-monthly meetings of oPASS (Orlando SQL Servers User Group) and we had a pretty good time, ranging from some nice raffle prizes to a good presenation on XML to our now standard puzzle event. There's nothing quite like a puzzle in any form to…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 August 2007

Professional Development Plans Article on SSC

This was fun to write. It's a subject I'm passionate about and that too few in our field seem to spend time thinking about, sometimes from a lack of time but just as often from lack of focus. Of course Im not sure that the people that would benefit from…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 August 2007

Celko, SQL, and SQLSaturday

Big news here in Orlando is that Joe Celko will be presenting two sessions at SQLSaturday on Nov 10. Once we heard about that we (we being End to End Training) worked out a deal to host 'Celko on SQL', a one day seminar by Joe for the not bad…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 August 2007

Revisit What You Know - Published on SSC

The article went live earlier this week. Didn't quite accomplish what I had hoped I think, which was to point out that we all need to be open minded about solutions, best practices, and letting the occasional hack go to production. In hindsight the examples I used perhaps not the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 August 2007