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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: April 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 3

Not to short change fund raising, but the toughest goal to meet for this year is registration/attendance if we’re going to hit our 20% growth target. No, it’s not all about numbers, but our stance is that we’d like to deliver as much learning as possible – both to do… Read more

2 comments, 249 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 April 2014

A New Stressor

I tend to be amused when I run into something that causes me stress because I like to think – foolishly – that I’ve learned to manage stress and even avoid it by dealing with the underlying source of the stress. Last week I was in a meeting for 3-1/2… Read more

0 comments, 161 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 April 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 2

Our attendance number for last year was 285, so we’re going to aim for increasing that by 20% to 342. Our registration count was 343, so we’ll need to increase that by at least 20% as well to get the corresponding gain in attendees – I’m going to round that… Read more

0 comments, 159 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 April 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 2

Our attendance number for last year was 285, so we’re going to aim for increasing that by 20% to 342. Our registration count was 343, so we’ll need to increase that by at least 20% as well to get the corresponding gain in attendees – I’m going to round that… Read more

0 comments, 136 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 April 2014

Speaking At the Pinellas SQL Group on August 18, 2014

I’ve committed to presenting but haven’t decided on the presentation yet. It will probably be a remote presentation because it’s a bit of a drive from my home to Clearwater, but then again I like Clearwater Beach so it might turn into a mid week mini vacation trip. We’ll see. Read more

0 comments, 148 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 April 2014

Sorkin On Writing

I saw this write up about Aaron Sorkin and the writing on Newsroom just after posting Blogging-Write More and found the part about meeting a weekly deadline for a series interesting – hugely paraphrased he says that you have to write it and let it go, there just isn’t time… Read more

0 comments, 185 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 April 2014

Another Question Of the Day

Yesterday I submitted a new question of the day based on the best idea generator you can find – something that went wrong at work. It had the added merit of having an error message that didn’t clearly state the problem. Once you have the problem and the answer then… Read more

0 comments, 152 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 April 2014

Blogging-Write More

Blogging isn’t easy. You have to come up with a topic, write about it, and then release it for the world to see. That’s three kinds of pressure. Now most of us don’t have hundreds or thousands of readers, but the pressure is still there, and it can lead to… Read more

10 comments, 889 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 April 2014

Notes From The April 2014 oPASS Meeting

  • Same room but different seating arrangement. Instead of separate table pushed some together, used the space better and more a feeling of being in a meeting and less of “islands”
  • My first presentation on learning went well for a first time out. Hard to tell if it hit home or…

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0 comments, 147 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2014

oPASS Tonight! (April 17, 2014)

I’m presenting tonight at oPASS, two presentations worth! If you’re in Orlando I hope you’ll attend, details at http://orlando.sqlpass.org/.

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0 comments, 159 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 April 2014

Kevin Kline at MagicPASS Tonight (April 16, 2014)

Kevin Kline is speaking at MagicPASS tonight – on two topics! If you’re in the Orlando area I hope you’ll try to attend – Kevin is a top notch speaker, you won’t be disappointed.

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0 comments, 170 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 April 2014

Farewell Brook Ranne

For members of the SQL community in Orlando and Chicago you’ve probably heard that Brook Ranne died on March 29, 2014. Brook was part of our group here in Orlando, someone growing into SQL Server and always ready to volunteer, especially at SQLSaturday Orlando and Tampa where she was almost… Read more

4 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2014

SQLServerCentral Editorial: Doing What It Takes To Get The Job Done

I wrote Doing What It Takes To Get The Job Done about a conversation with my nephew working late to finish up some work. The comments so far are interesting and reflect the challenge of phrases like “get the job done” that can all to easily be abused into excuses… Read more

0 comments, 124 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2014

Writing a Question Of The Day–More Notes

Today I wrote another question based on an error message. I included the error message in the question this time and it’s reasonably helpful, but the question text will, depending on how you read it, point you to the one good answer or convince you the answer must be somewhere… Read more

0 comments, 99 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2014

It’s Not All About The Keys–Question Of The Day

My latest question is live today, called It’s Not All About The Keys. It’s a three pointer, if score matters to you, and that also indicates it’s not an easy or obvious question. I think it’s an ok question. Re-reading it today and reading the comments I still find… Read more

0 comments, 108 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 April 2014

Simple And Amusing Question Of The Day

I was working on a script today to check the range of some values and trying to take the time to handle edge cases, even though I don’t expect them (edge cases!) and ran across something I knew but hadn’t thought about. Good fodder for a question, but not a… Read more

0 comments, 136 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 April 2014

Quarterly Goals

Over time I’ve settled on quarterly goals as the best way to focus on the stuff I most want to get done. I still think about my long term goals and I still have to do short term planning, but quarterly goals work out to be the most useful measure… Read more

0 comments, 124 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 April 2014

Writing My Next Question Of The Day

I ran into a simple error last week and saved it to convert to a question. It’s another one where if you saw the error, it’s an easy fix. Minus the error it challenges you to visualize and understand how thing work. Overall I spent about an hour on it… Read more

0 comments, 135 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 April 2014

Follow Up To A Questionable Trigger

This question of the day didn’t turn out well at all – required too big a leap the way it was written to get to the key answer. Four were easy, one was not. I confused the issue with a less than great trigger – not deliberately, sadly. The lesson… Read more

0 comments, 124 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 4 April 2014

SQLServerCentral Editorial: Team Reputation

Maybe too serious a topic for a Friday, I wrote Team Reputation because I like working for good teams – who doesn’t? Most teams are average and that’s ok, but it’s a lot more fun to be part of the big red machine if you get the chance (and have… Read more

0 comments, 101 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 4 April 2014

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