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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: March 2009

Book Review: Big Red - Voyage of a Trident Submarine

I've grown up reading Tom Clancy and probably most of you have at least seen Red October, so this book caught my eye when browsing used books for a recent trip. It's a fairly human look at what's involved in sailing on a Trident missile submarine, with perspectives from the… Read more

6 comments, 339 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 March 2009

Book Review: Just Culture

I just finished reading Just Culture, which talks about the challenges of building a system that encourages people to report problems (their own or those of others) that might have an impact on safety. It's a little out of the realm of what I usually read, but I added… Read more

0 comments, 305 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 5 March 2009

Book Review: eBoot Camp, Proven Internet Marketing Techniques to Grow Your Business

My friend Chris loaned me his copy of eBoot Camp as I'm trying to strengthen what I consider to be my biggest single weak spot - marketing. The book covers the range of topics you might expect; buying domains, meta tags, using blogs and email newsletters, branding, search engine placement,… Read more

0 comments, 319 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 4 March 2009

Book Review - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

I've been reading this for a few weeks and finally finished. Team of Rivals came up during the Presidential campaign last year of course, but it fits in with the kind of stuff I've been reading for the past few years so I ordered a copy. It starts with Lincoln… Read more

0 comments, 313 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 March 2009

PASS Update #7

A very short update this week, the minutes of the January 2009 board meeting have been posted. Going forward we've set a goal of having them online within 2 weeks of the meeting, so I'm hoping we have the minutes of the February 2009 meeting posted soon. If you have… Read more

1 comments, 324 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 March 2009

Reminder: Orlando SQL Server User Group Meeting is March 11, 2009

Our next oPASS/Orlando user group meeting is coming up soon on March 11, 2009, and as usual is held at our office in Altamonte Springs. Our guest speaker is Kendal Van Dyke, doing a presentation based on his recent blog posts about disk performance. Food will be sponsored by… Read more

0 comments, 286 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 March 2009

Red Gate Software Supports SQLSaturday

If you've read my blog over the past year and a half you know that I've been heavily involved in trying to build a 'franchise' around SQLSaturday, with the guiding principle being that the event has to be locally owned. We've had some decent success, but we've also seen… Read more

3 comments, 230 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 1 March 2009

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