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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: January 2010

SQLSaturday #41 Announced

Stuart Ainsworth will be coordinating the second SQLSaturday in Atlanta, this time on April 24th, 2010. Registration and call for speakers is now open!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 January 2010

Book Review: The Breach

The Breach by Patrick Lee ($8 at Amazon) was a gift, and wasn’t quite what I expected based on the title. Bad guy now good guy Travis Chase is out on a mountain hike to find himself when he finds a recently crashed 747, which poses the obvious question –… Read more

0 comments, 1,424 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 January 2010

SQLSaturday #30 Rescheduled

Got the email today, SQLSaturday #30 has been rescheduled for April 10, 2010, due to projected bad weather on the original date this weekend. Andy Leonard and Jessica Moss did a great job of handling this, getting an email out early in the week to warn of a possible change… Read more

0 comments, 1,359 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 January 2010

SQLSaturday #40 Announced

SQLSaturday #40 will be held July 31st, 2010 in Miramar, FL. This is the second annual SQLSaturday organized by Scott Klein and Herve Roggero. Great area to visit! Call for speakers is open.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2010

SQLSaturday #39 Announced

SQLSaturday #39 will be held April 24, 2010 and is being coordinated by Melissa Demsak and others from the NJ SQL Group. Registration and call for speakers and sponsors is  now open!

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0 comments, 577 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2010

How to Participate in the SQL Community – Draft #1

I mentioned last year about my plans to write this, and to make it a semi-collaborative effort by incorporating comments back into the finished product (if I like them that is!). I thought I’d start by outlining what I have in mind, and then I’m going to try to post… Read more

2 comments, 579 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 January 2010

Web Site Tuning

I just spent a couple days doing some minor tuning on SQLShare and here are some notes from that effort.

I already had a Google site map published, but it turns out there that is a separate format for videos I had totally missed. I think they already index the… Read more

1 comments, 589 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 January 2010

Final Reminder – SQLSaturday #32 in Tampa on Jan 23, 1010

I’ve had to cancel my plans to attend, which also included plans for a late lunch at the Green Iguana and some touristy time before the speaker get together.

Tomorrow is the main event with a great schedule, and I’m pleased to see some speakers on the list I don’t… Read more

0 comments, 531 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 January 2010

Book Review: K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain


I read Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs ($18 @ Amazon) over the holiday break. Viesturs was the first American to summit all fourteen of the 8000 meter peaks in the world. In this book he looks at the various expeditions to K2,… Read more

0 comments, 721 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 January 2010

Andy on Twitter

Just prior to the 2009 PASS Summit I posted about giving Twitter a try, and thought I’d report back on some thoughts after having tried it off and on for a couple months. I went into it biased, thinking it made sense for events and situations where the ability to… Read more

5 comments, 2,168 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 January 2010

The Architectural Journal

Somehow had completely missed this one, The Architectural Journal is published quarterly in PDF format. Issue 22 seems to be the latest, and here is what it shows in the table of contents:

  • Foreword
  • Data-Warehouse Principles for Supporting Enterprise-Enabled BI Applications
  • BI-to-LOB Integration: Closing the Cycle
  • Increasing Productivity by Empowering…
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    Posted in SQLAndy on 20 January 2010

    Collaboration Patterns – Part 2

    Recently I caught a few minutes of a CSPAN interview with Chief Justice John Roberts, part of a larger presentation on the Supreme Court (sorry, I could not find a link to it) that talked about how they handle deciding cases. At some point after oral arguments they convene in… Read more

    0 comments, 481 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 20 January 2010

    Collaboration Patterns – Part 1

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to be more effective at collaborating, usually in the context of a meeting. The line blurs for me there, because partly I think it’s just a meeting issue – but let me share and then see what you think.

    Let me start… Read more

    0 comments, 671 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 19 January 2010

    Notes on the January 2010 oPASS Meeting (Live Meeting)

    Before you dig in this post, take a look at my earlier notes about oPASS and Live Meeting and the great after meeting write up from Jack Corbett.

    Just in case you didn’t read those, the short story is that we had a remote presenter and to try to… Read more

    0 comments, 755 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 18 January 2010

    Recommend a Book I Should Read

    I read a lot and like to think my interests are wide, but I fall into ruts all the same. I like fiction, non-fiction, biographies mainly, and of course technical books – though those are rarely enthralling! You can see the list of some of what I’ve read here. Read more

    6 comments, 520 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 15 January 2010

    DevExpress and a Stumper

    Late last year I used the DevExpress controls for a small task after they were recommended by a friend. Very similar to the native ASP.Net controls in Visual Studio 2008, just more powerful and better looking too. I had a grid control on a web page that needed some changes,… Read more

    0 comments, 583 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 14 January 2010

    Comments on the Bamboo Touch

    I bought a Bamboo Touch over the holiday break, it’s a multi-touch pad with stylus. Easy install, basically plug in to USB and go. Multi touch was similar to what you would do on an iPhone, lots of options to customize. The stylus was interesting, did pretty well even with… Read more

    0 comments, 884 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 13 January 2010

    PASS Summit Survey – Check Your Email

    Not sure if it went to the entire PASS mailing list or just those that have attended a Summit, but you should have received today an email with the subject “Location of PASS Summit: Your Feedback Needed By January 19” that has a link to a survey about your preferences… Read more

    0 comments, 655 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 12 January 2010

    Installing WordPress

    Last week I posted about Picking a Blog Platform on some of the process that lead to me moving to WordPress. This time I thought I’d share some notes on the install and customization process so far. This is on a Windows 2003 server running IIS 6.

    I’m assuming here… Read more

    0 comments, 737 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 12 January 2010

    PASS Update #22 (Speaker Bureau – Call for Comments)

    One of my big projects this year is to build a speaker bureau, so in this post I’m going to write about some of the ideas I’m hoping to include – and then get some input from you!

    The Goal: Build a centralized list of speakers that can used… Read more

    5 comments, 747 reads

    Posted in SQLAndy on 11 January 2010

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