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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: February 2009

Featured Blog - Linchi Shea

If you haven't visited yet, you definitely want to read Linchi's blog - it's packed full of on topic posts about SQL Server, most around performance and real (serious) performance testing to prove or disprove a lot of popular assumptions and questions. Definitely a must read!

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3 comments, 1,697 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 February 2009

Fear Based Decisions

Most of us aren't good decision makers. We make decisions based on emotion rather than facts, and for many decisions the top most emotion is fear. As I pause at mid life to assess where I've been and where I want to go, in almost every case I regret making… Read more

1 comments, 2,244 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 February 2009

Next Technical Speaking Seminar is March 14, 2009 in Orlando

I've scheduled another iteration of my Technical Speaking Seminar for March 14, 2009 in Orlando. It's free, and I'm hosting it on a Saturday this time to open it up to those that can't get away from work during the week. It's designed for the novice to intermediate level speaker… Read more

3 comments, 1,456 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 February 2009

PASS Update #6

It's been pretty busy since my last post. Just in one week I had at least 12 hours devoted to PASS activities, and I'll share details of some of that here. To start with, I was able to mark another of my Q1 goals complete as Sanj from PASS HQ… Read more

3 comments, 692 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 February 2009

SQLSaturday #13 in Atlanta - Another Update & Shared Knowledge

Stuart says that as of Feb 20 registration is at 150 with a cap of 200, and plenty of speakers lined up including Joe Celko. The interesting part (and I'm little reluctant to point to this because it mentions me) is to read his honest and open talk about the… Read more

1 comments, 656 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 February 2009

CodeZone Rebranded to User Group Support Services

Announced in the past week or so, Microsoft has released an update to Codezone that expands the focus beyond just the developer community to members of Culminis and PASS. For PASS members and prospective PASS Chapters they can elect to host with PASS (preferred, but optional), host at UGSS, or… Read more

1 comments, 703 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 February 2009

Networking - Part 6

You can read the previous posts here. To finish up (I think), I want to share a networking technique I stumbled on a few years ago, and talk about one more good reason to network.

I've been working with SQL Server for 10 years or so, and while I can't… Read more

12 comments, 696 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2009

All In & Being Competitive

Many of us in IT are competitive, maybe slightly more so than in other professions. Competition adds a little spice to whatever you're doing, but the part that I find interesting personally is deciding when and what I want to be competitive about.  Maybe there was a time when it… Read more

7 comments, 1,481 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2009

Book Review - The Human Edge

I've always enjoyed the science fiction writings of Gordon Dickson, and recently re-read an old copy of The Human Edge, a collection of his older short stories.I'm not usually big on short stories, but most of these are pretty good. The overall theme is about humans triumphing over… Read more

2 comments, 840 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 February 2009

Networking - Part 5

You can read the previous posts here. To finish up my thoughts on networking I want to brain storm some about how we might make it easier and more effective for the average Joe (which is most of us) to network.

If you've been to the PASS Summit, or similar… Read more

8 comments, 614 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 February 2009

Landing on the Hudson River & Being a Hero

I think we've all seen and heard about Flight 1549 doing the emergency landing on the Hudson River. Truly a happy ending to the story and for that I'm glad, but it also made me glad to see for once we're using the word hero in a context that seems… Read more

2 comments, 561 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 February 2009

Word Up

A short post today. For a while I've been subscribing to the Word of the Day from Merriam-Webster (free) and I like it because it also includes a little background on the history of the word. I don't check it every day (yeah, I know that should be the plan),… Read more

1 comments, 612 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 February 2009

Networking - Part 4

You may want to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 before continuing. This time around I'd like to talk about social networking. We'll start with social networking. Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are all good examples of using technology to let the social animal in us interact… Read more

2 comments, 530 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 February 2009

Speaking at the West Palm Beach SQL Group in May 2009

Scott Klein invited me to speak to his group in West Palm Beach, so I'll be going down on May 7th, 2009 to do a presentation and also to do my evangelist thing for SQLSaturday (Scott is setting up to do one in August, details soon). If you're in the… Read more

0 comments, 486 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 February 2009


A mildly humorous title, spawned by a link my friend Jon sent me about calculating Pi using a batch file. Technically interesting, if less than useful. Made me curious what had been done with Pi in SQL, so went looking:

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1 comments, 761 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 February 2009

PASS Update #5 (Blogger's Please Read)

We'll be announcing this on the main www.sqlpass.org site and the PASS blog over the next day or two, but the first major revision of the blog directory has been posted. We had many people email us their blog info, some sent OPML containing their feeds, and then we spent… Read more

7 comments, 1,208 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 February 2009

Notes on the 2009 South Florida Code Camp

As I mentioned last week I drove to Miramar for the South Florida Code Camp, arriving in time for the Friday night speaker party that we (End to End Training) hosted, and spent a great three hours just talking shop. Saturday morning I went over about 7:30 to see how… Read more

0 comments, 515 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 February 2009

Speaking at Community Events - More Thoughts

Last week I posted Speaking at Community Events - Time to Raise the Bar?, a first cut at talking about to what degree we should require experience for speakers at events like SQLSaturday as well as when it might be appropriate to add additional focus/limitations on the presentations that… Read more

19 comments, 1,252 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 February 2009

Reminder: MSDN Tiki Hut Roadshow Coming to Pensacola, Tallahassee, and More

Forwarding on a note from my local MS Developer Evangelist Joe Healy about his next series of free presentations coming up in Florida. While the "Tiki Hut" name may sound less than serious, it's intent is to bring free MSDN content to smaller cities that don't usually get a full… Read more

0 comments, 763 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 February 2009

SQLSaturday #13 in Atlanta on April 25, 2009

I've been busy with other projects and haven't had time to focus as much as I'd like on my SQLSaturday efforts, so to get back in the groove a little I wanted to remind you that the AtlantaMDF and Stuart Ainsworth  are hosting SQLSaturday #13 on April 25, 2009… Read more

2 comments, 472 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 5 February 2009

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