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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: March 2009

Buying A Plane

There's been a lot of bad press about 'corporate jets' in the news over the past year. Not that planes themselves have issues, but rather many questions about whether corporations are spending shareholder dollars appropriately. It's not a simple topic, but clearly there did seem to be a lack of… Read more

6 comments, 527 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 March 2009

SQLSaturday #15 in Jacksonville

The call for speakers is still open and will close April 6th, there's still from for a few more sessions. it's coming up on May 2, 2009, at The University of North Florida Campus, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (same location as last year). I've submitted two sessions and… Read more

0 comments, 463 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 March 2009

Notes on the 2009 MVP Summit

Note: I was working on this at the Summit and then it got lost in the draft folder, so unfashionably late here are a few comments about the event.

I flew out from Orlando on Sunday, had a reasonably pleasant flight to Dallas, actually arriving 15 minutes early. So far… Read more

0 comments, 533 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 March 2009

Notes on the 2009 Orlando Code Camp

This was an interesting year to watch the local Code Camp. Shawn Weisfeld organized it the previous two years, but following his move to Dallas Jessica Sterner become the power behind the Code Camp this year and as much as she was involved in the prior two years, leadership transitions… Read more

1 comments, 476 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 March 2009

Featured Blog - Brian Kelley

My friend Brian writes Databases, Infrastructure, and Security and like me, he writes about an eclectic mix that goes beyond SQL to Windows and life, but the part that makes me recommend that you visit his blog is the emphasis on security. Brian is always there with reminders about vulnerabilities… Read more

0 comments, 580 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 March 2009

Minimalist Design

I'm been in tactical mode lately, building an advertising management system for one of our projects. Actually it's v2, the first one is working and doing what needs to be done (definitely minimalist), but as we started looking at wrapping up the major development we decided to add a few… Read more

4 comments, 530 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 March 2009

Overload & Stress - Part 2

Yesterday I was commenting on how a big part of stress for me is getting that sudden burst of work that leaves me so far behind it seems the only answer is to just work harder - but that doesn't often work.

I think we should all manage our own… Read more

2 comments, 175 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 March 2009

PASS 2009 Summit Site Open

Registration has been open since the last Summit, but this year Bill Graziano and team have released the Summit 2009 site up two months earlier than last year, timed to coincide with the call for speakers. Some highlights from Bill:

  • We’ve increased the number of technical sessions to 168
  • Summit…

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0 comments, 124 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 March 2009

Overload & Stress - Part 1

As I gain more experience I've found that stress comes in three forms; stress that is there that you don't see, stress that you recognize but still don't seem to manage, and on rare occasion when you see the stress and manage to change your behavior to fix it. For… Read more

1 comments, 143 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 March 2009

PASS 2009 Summit - Call for Speakers is Open

The call for speakers is open through midnight on April 10, 2009, so get busy submitting those abstracts! Work hard on the title and description, make it something that seems interesting and compelling for attendees. Expect the competition to be fierce and if you don't get selected, come to the… Read more

0 comments, 167 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 March 2009

LinkedIn

I've been slowly looking at and experimenting with LinkedIn to see if it has value and if so, how to unlock it in a way that works for me. I mentioned it during my series on networking and since I've evolved a strategy that I think is interesting for now,… Read more

33 comments, 169 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 March 2009

Changes to Visual Studio Magazine

I was browsing the March 2009 issue of Visual Studio Magazine today and found that it's changing again. It's been integrated with the Redmond Developer News, VSM editor Patrick Meader is gone, and things will continue as part VSM part RDN. 40 pages this issue, with a 6 or 7… Read more

1 comments, 220 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 March 2009

Spring Training, Why Don't We Have Spring Training, and Shock The Monkey

I try to go to a spring training game once or twice a year and it serves as a useful check point - if I'm too busy to go my priorities and task management need adjusting. This year my friend Chris & I managed to adjust our schedules so that… Read more

2 comments, 120 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 March 2009

Notes on the March 11, 2009 Orlando SQL Meeting

We just had our bi-monthly SQL group meeting (www.opass.org) with Kendal Van Dyke presenting The Truth About Disk Performance & Configuration, a presentation built from his recent blog posts which in turn were based on some detailed testing of disk performance. We met on Wednesday instead of our… Read more

0 comments, 123 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 March 2009

SQLSaturday #12 Date Change

Had a note from Ken Starnes in Portland, the date for SQLSaturday #12 has changed to June 6th (same date as SQLSaturday #14 in Pensacola, but I think that will be fine since they are on opposite coasts!

Call for speakers is still open as well. Read more

0 comments, 131 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 March 2009

Beta Testers Needed for IT Project, Task and Request Management System

My friend Michael Lato sent me an email asking if I would take a look at his newest venture called WorkTamer. I've reached saturation at least for the next couple months, so had to decline, but offered instead to post his offer here in hopes that a few of you… Read more

2 comments, 119 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 March 2009

PASS Update #8

Last week I was in Seattle, so I decided to stay an extra day and drive up to Vancouver to meet with the staff at PASS HQ on Thursday. I met up with Bill Graziano & Rushabh Mehta on Wed afternoon and we finally started the drive up about 6:30… Read more

1 comments, 124 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 March 2009

Saving an Old Hammer

It's funny how life often gives us the buy or fix decision on some many things, and the hard part is knowing when to trade time for money, or vice versa. In the first image below you can see one of my hammers, well used over the years but looking… Read more

2 comments, 136 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 March 2009

PASS Connector Editorial for March 11, 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. Beginning this issue I'll be cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog.

One of things that we promised…

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2 comments, 169 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 March 2009

Book Review: Murach's SQL Server 2008 For Developers

I received a review copy of Murach's SQL Server 2008 For Developers a couple months back and just finished up looking through it. In general I've always liked the style of the Murach books; short lessons that flow about as logically as you can do it when it often seems… Read more

0 comments, 313 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 March 2009

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