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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 2011

PASS Update #50-January 2010 Board Meeting

This post is my thoughts on the Board meeting, and my views on related topics. I encourage you to read the minutes (not yet published) as the official documentation.

I flew into Dallas around noon on Wed, catching an early flight so I could get to The Joule hotel and… Read more

1 comments, 1,927 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 January 2011

MySQL Saves You From Missing Where Clause, Sorta

I’ve been taking a look at MySQL after a long absence to help a client decide if it should be part of their database strategy. It’s always interesting to see the little things that are different, and this one caught my eye, the default in Workbench is to disallow running… Read more

0 comments, 912 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2011

Two Profiler Tips

I’ve had occasion to watch a lot of people try Profiler, and to hear a lot more about their previous attempts to use it, and they are almost always incredibly frustrated. Why? Simply, the volume of activity combined with the hyper speed scroll just seems overwhelming. People expect tools to…

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3 comments, 564 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 January 2011

A Banner Day for SQLRally

Help us promote our upcoming PASS events by including any or all of these on your blog or in your email signature. Please link them as follows:

I’m not sure why we don’t have one for SQLSaturday – sending… Read more

1 comments, 720 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 January 2011

PASS Update #49–SQLRally

I get a lot of questions about how SQLRally is going, which tells me that there is a lot of interest and that we’re not communicating enough. The hard part is that in some ways there is a lot going on, and in some ways not all that much!

We… Read more

0 comments, 624 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 January 2011

New PASS Chapter in Orlando–MagicPASS

Kendal Van Dyke is launching a new PASS Chapter called MagicPASS in Orlando this week, with the first meeting on Wednesday January 19, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Stetson University Center in Celebration. This is part of our effort to reach more people in Orlando, Jack Corbett has… Read more

0 comments, 671 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 January 2011

Notes from SQLSaturday #62

The weekend started with a later afternoon drive to Tampa, returning a couple calls and then chatting with Steve Jones for a while about many things community related. I found a parking place in Ybor City to wait for my family to arrive and knew it was really a SQLSaturday Read more

2 comments, 612 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 January 2011

Quietly Professional

The conventional wisdom tends to hold that you should trumpet your accomplishments to your boss, though in a way that seems both graceful and humble, a hard combination to achieve at best. There’s a lot of merit to the approach, because many managers don’t know what you do on a… Read more

8 comments, 737 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 January 2011

SSC Editorial: Clouds in our Future

I wrote Clouds in our Future to see if I could spark a good conversation about the mental shift required to consider SQL Azure as one of the options we should consider when decide to host data. I can’t say I succeeded well at that goal! I get that the… Read more

1 comments, 599 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 January 2011

Changes to the PASS Board

The official announcement was posted yesterday that Jeremiah Peschka and Brian Moran have decided to resign from the Board and upon having two vacancies, the Board voted to appoint Geoff Hiten and Mark Ginnebaugh. Geoff and Mark were both candidates for the Board during the 2010 election.

As I understand… Read more

0 comments, 694 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 January 2011

An Artist I’m Not!

One of the gifts my Mom gave my children was a ‘Painting Rocks’ kit. Great marketing, six medium sized rocks, a book suggesting some animal paintings, and six thimbles of paint with a couple brushes! And while it may indeed be great marketing, that didn’t take away any of the…

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0 comments, 547 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 January 2011

Goals for 2011

Last week I wrote about my goals for last year and some frustration at having to make some trade offs during the year, and as I write this I find that I’m struggling to define my goals. Some of that is goal backlash, but I think more it’s a lot…

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1 comments, 563 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 6 January 2011

Good People Know Good People

I can’t remember where I heard this recently, but it’s been stuck in my head as one of those bits of wisdom that matches with my own experience and wanted to write it down. I think this is part of why networking works and is worth the effort. Mostly for… Read more

0 comments, 609 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 5 January 2011

Schedule Posted for SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa

The schedule is posted for SQLSaturday #62 coming to Tampa on January 15, 2011. I don’t have a presentation on the schedule this year but I’ll still be attending and hope to see you on Saturday.

They also have two $99 seminars running on Friday, one by Denny Cherry titled… Read more

0 comments, 552 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 4 January 2011