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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 2011

JTDS & Grails

Recently I had the chance to do some tuning on a system that was built using Grails (formerly Groovy on Rails) and the short and hopefully accurate enough scoop for our purposes is that includes an ORM layer – a data abstraction layer. ORM’s excel at rapid development/time to market…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 February 2011

PASS Update #53 (Bylaws)

This week we posted some pending changes to the PASS bylaws. We try to do a review at least once a year and it’s a hard process. Hard because we have to agree on the change we want first, and then we have to figure out how to state it… Read more

0 comments, 1,562 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 February 2011

A Plug for Wirefly

Wirefly is a website devoted to purchasing cell phones and plans. I found it when I was researching my Droid X, and you know how it is – should I trust a web site to deliver my phone? At the time the difference in cost was substantial, $99 via Wirefly…

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0 comments, 841 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 February 2011

What Should PASS Be? I Challenge You

PASS isn’t what it should be. I hear that a lot, and in many ways I agree with you. We’re finally growing and evolving, but we’re still far from what I think most of you expect from a true professional association.


I’m not sure you or I have realistic… Read more

0 comments, 552 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2011

Notes from the February 2011 MagicPASS Meeting

I attended the second meeting of MagicPASS (no web site yet) on Feb 16 at Stetson University in Celebration, FL. Great facility – classroom style seating, dual projectors and screens, couldn’t ask for better. The only downside to it so far is that it’s $200 per meeting for the space,… Read more

0 comments, 551 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2011

Who Is This Super Hero?

We recently switched from Brighthouse to DirectTV and of the first things we did was to find the kids channels to see what we gained or lost. I flagged a few to record for use on the proverbial rainy day, and one of the ones I selected was Hong Kong…

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2 comments, 559 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2011

Working on the Railroad

I work with a client that has an office about 25 yards from a train track and recently the railroad company decided it was time to do some maintenance on a large length of the track including that piece by the office. That ‘maintenance’ consisted of replacing all the ties…

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1 comments, 605 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 February 2011

Book Review: Packing for Mars

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach ($15 @ Amazon) is a ton of fairly interesting trivia about the space program, space travel, and the challenges of trying to go to Mars. She talks about doing tests on Earth to figure out how bad body odor would be if someone didn’t… Read more

0 comments, 726 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 February 2011

Corporate Culture

One of the things I enjoy about work is seeing the various cultures that evolve. Some companies are rigid, some are fun, some very loosely organized, etc. It’s almost magic how it happens, and it’s rarely all done on purpose. Each manager has a style, each employee has a work… Read more

10 comments, 1,336 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 February 2011

Work Goals for 2011-Part 2

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote my early thoughts on my goals for this year, and you can tell it’s a struggle when it takes me to the second week of February to get them finished. Why such a struggle? I think it’s because I’ve lived in nearly…

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2 comments, 790 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 February 2011

One Simple Doorstop

I saw an article in American Woodworker by Alan Lacer about making wooden doorstops and decided to try one. You start with a chunk of wood about 1.5” x 1.5” x 8”, turn the knob on one end, and then slice the remaining square chunk diagonally. If you do it…

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0 comments, 508 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 February 2011

PASS Update #52 (ERC)

We’re doing weekly calls for the ERC (election review committee) and we seem to be making some progress. This past week we came up with a good outline of what we hope to see as the process for selecting the nomcom (look for a post from Bill Graziano for details),… Read more

0 comments, 654 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 February 2011

Who Changed Jobs in 2010?

Linked in sent me an email saying that an astounding 209 of my connections changed jobs in 2010, out of about 800 contacts in my network. That seems like a lot doesn’t it? I don’t know if it’s accurate, but if it is that’s a lot of job moving! LinkedIn…

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2 comments, 532 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 February 2011

A Mish Mash of Stuff

I don’t generally post bits of this and that, but I’ve accrued a few things that I wanted to share, so here goes:

  • Silicon Valley Code Camp has more than 3000 registered. Wow, that’s an awesome sized event. I’ve forwarded that to the PASS marketing team, we should find a…

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0 comments, 593 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 February 2011

PASS Update #51-Summit Site Selection

In November/December HQ requested that the Board to send in suggestions for possible sites for the 2013 PASS Summit. I sent in a few, and at the recent Board meeting we then reviewed the preliminary research by HQ to narrow it to a list of serious candidate cities. I was… Read more

11 comments, 1,508 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 1 February 2011