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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: November 2012

Ybor City Farmers Market, Dogs, Kids, and Observations

Last weekend I was in Tampa for SQLSaturday #168 and made sure to make some time for family. The most interesting thing we did this time was to go to the Ybor City Saturday Market. Ybor City is on the north side of Tampa, and the market is maybe  a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 November 2012

Notes from SQLSaturday #168 in Tampa

I made a quick trip to Tampa for #168 this past weekend. It was a “BI Edition” and it felt less intense but still a great value, four tracks of content and about 150 attendees. I arrived in time to sit through most of a presentation by Mike Antonovich, and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Board Q&A

For the few past few years the Board has scheduled time to take questions from members at the Summit. This year I got to be on the question side of the fence which was a nice change.  It was scheduled for 9:45 on Friday. Not the best time because it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 November 2012

PASS Outgoing Board Members Allen Kinsel and Kendal Van Dyke

Allen Kinsel will be leaving the Board of Directors this year after serving a two year term and Kendal is finishing up his one year appointment. Both served the community well, doing quiet good behind the scenes, and I’ll miss having them on the Board. If you see them today… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Part 4

Thursday. Slept a little better but still waking up on east coast time. Not a lot to do in Seattle at 3:00 am!

Keynote was horrible. Well intentioned, not a matter of failed demos or anything, it was just…long. I try not to be hyper-critical, but they were selling us… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Part 3

Wednesday was a blur. I had breakfast at the Convention Center, mostly to see how it was – ok, muffins, cereal, bagels. Good enough to be fair.

After the keynote it was networking time, quite a few of the long slow conversations that deliver the most value combined with a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Part 2

Late posting this, has been a busy week!

Started the day at Top Pot, meeting up with Jack Corbett and some other friends. Good way to start the day.

Next stop is the SQLSaturday RoundTable meeting, the once a year chance to get most of the event leaders and key… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2012

PASS Summit Keynote-Part 2

Quentin Clark today:

  • Long monologue about the possibilities of data.I’d like to think we all get that already.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 November 2012

PASS Summit Keynote-Part 1

Starting off with Douglas McDowell talking about the opening video that highlighted people from a lot of different countries, lots of diversity. Talking about how much PASS has changed in the past 5 years – I agree with that – and the revenue growth.

  • Summit is primary revenue (just about…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Wednesday Keynote Part 2

Ted Kummert speaking.

  • Talking about SQLFamily and the way this event feels like a family reunion (it does)
  • Showing a picture of release date at MS for SQL 2012, wishes we were there (maybe some video next time? Some community people? Shipping software is hard, had to be a good…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Wednesday Keynote Part 2

Ted Kummert speaking.

  • Talking about SQLFamily and the way this event feels like a family reunion (it does)
  • Showing a picture of release date at MS for SQL 2012, wishes we were there (maybe some video next time? Some community people? Shipping software is hard, had to be a good…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Wednesday Keynote Part 1

It’s 8:15 on Wednesday and I’m at the blogger table, hoping for a good to great keynote.

First up is Bill Graziano:

  • 3894 attendees at the 14th annual Summit
  • Check web site for PASS TV
  • Asking all the speakers from any PASS event to stand-it’s a long of people

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2012

Reminder & Invitation–Networking Dinner Tonight

If you’re in Seattle for the PASS Summit and would like a chance to meet some new people in a relaxed and informal setting good for conversation join us tonight at Gordon Biersch (note, new location this year!) from 6-9 pm. It’s just a couple blocks from the Convention Center.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012-Part 1

I started this trip with a 4:30 am wake up on Sunday to be at the airport for the direct but painfully long six and a half hour flight from Orlando to Seattle at 7:30. Ran into Rodney Landrum in line to check my bag for the same flight, talked… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 November 2012

Marking Up Books

I like reading and while I read more on an e-reader than I used to, I still prefer the printed kind and with that comes some old fashioned thoughts about how books are treated. I’m on the flight to Seattle as I write this and I glanced across the aisle… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 November 2012

Debugging Isn’t an Obvious or Easy Skill

I tend to take it for granted and I imagine most of you do as well, but not everyone is good at debugging and/or troubleshooting. I was reminded of this – again – recently when I had some issues with my truck. It started with the ‘check engine’ light coming… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 November 2012