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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: December 2013

Review of Change to PASS Bylaws

As required, the Board has posted proposed changes to the bylaws for review by the members. The changes are fairly straight forward, reducing the number of Board seats by 2 – a change driven by CA choosing to relinquish their two seats. I like seeing a small and very specific… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 December 2013

Supporting Wikipedia & Other Organizations

I just sent Wikipedia five bucks. As someone who uses Wikipedia and finds it useful, I’m willing to donate in the hope that it grows, improves, and generally does better than the year before. I don’t know or think that it’s perfectly run or that they spend every dollar perfectly.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 December 2013

SQL Server Pro Community Choice Awards

I’m a bit late posting this, but it’s worth a couple minutes to check out the Community Choice awards, might see a product that you haven’t tried or haven’t thought about lately, maybe something that will solve a problem or solve it better than you do now.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 December 2013

Google IQ Test

Friday (Dec 20, 2013) the Google Doodle was a crossword puzzle. I was curious so I clicked and yes, it was a full puzzle. It’s been years since I did a crossword. I did them for many years on Sunday, kind of a family tradition, but stopped somewhere along the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 December 2013

NFC Tags-Fun, And Maybe Useful at SQLSaturday

Last week I had one of those days when I read something and then heard someone talking about the same thing – in this case the dual reference as about NFC tags. NFC stands for near field communication and is built into some smart phones as a way to interact… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 December 2013

First Week As The DBA Whitepaper Published

For those that attended the webcast I did last week for Idera the companion whitepaper is now available for download. You can view the recording and/or get the whitepaper by just entering basic contact information.

Also, one of the things I mentioned in the webcast but omitted from the slides… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 December 2013

Learn To Code

Today I ran through the first tutorial at Code.org. It has 20 very short lessons that use Angry Birds and zombies to teach the very basics of programming – instructions, loops, and conditionals. It was very well done, a nice UI supplemented with some short and interesting videos as you… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 December 2013

Webcast Today: Surviving The First Week As The New DBA

Today at 3 pm EST I’m presenting Surviving The First Week As The New DBA. Some of the topics I’m going to discuss are:

  • About the goals you should set for your first week on a new job as a DBA
  • Why backups & free space are the most…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 December 2013