Archives: June 2014
Been busy the past week, not as much time on this as I’d have liked:
- Received the “retro” flyer with the minor revisions we requested
- Decided flyers are final in design, just need to get them all into PDF
- Had our first weekly call and talked about the tempo for…
The Great Escape is the question today, one I think you will like because…it’s about LIKE! It’s a head scratcher. The comments on this one so far have been really good and that’s good, I need to look for more arcane topics (LIKE is common, the ESCAPE part is not).… Read more
Finally the email we’d all been waiting for arrived yesterday, the results of session selection for the 2014 PASS Summit. Good news for me, one session of mine was accepted, so I’ll be presenting “Turbocharge Your Career With A Learning Plan” this year. It’s a good topic and one I’m… Read more
There may be an easier way, but this was a quick way to find ALL the checked out files in TFS, something I needed so I could make sure no one from the data team had anything checked out prior to some consolidation/maintenance. The “Developer Command Prompt for VS2012” resolves… Read more
No Files For You is another Question Of The Day. I ended up making this one just a little more ambiguous than I meant to, interesting to see the different takes on it in the comments. I’ll say again, reading that stuff, what a great way to learn about writing…
Bad Meetings or Meeting Badly is the editorial of the day today. Looking at it today, I wish I had done a better job on the title, because my intent (and execution) is to get attendees to see the other side of the coin on meeting requests. Take a look… Read more
Reading, Writing, and Riskmetic is another Question of the Day, this one about how to allow developers to understand performance while giving not giving them more access than needed. Great conversation that followed it, in particular read the comment here by Gail Shaw.
Poecilonym Madness! is my latest question that tests your knowledge of creating/dropping tables, views, and synonyms. Here’s the fun part – there are six correct answers to this one, that should be enough to challenge you on a Friday!
Next week will begin our weekly planning call, so ahead of that (and perhaps a bit later than I should have) I sent out my draft calendar and marketing plan. It was hard to let go, I really yearn for the detail of a full project plan, but that’s just… Read more
Below is the chart Kendal Van Dyke maintains for us in Orlando showing year over year registration counts. Don’t I wish this was baked in to the admin tools! You can see the trend has been remarkably consistent over the years (and we see the same with PASS Summit registrations,… Read more
I’m on vacation this week, but enjoying some quiet time during the day to think a little, going back through my first 17 posts and wishing I had them printed – sometimes marking up a document is good for thinking!
First, a recap of key items on the task list… Read more
Notes from the trip:
- Four hour drive between traffic and rain, about an hour longer than I would have liked. The new service plaza at Fort Drum on the Turnpike is nice, but I thought the old model had better/easier parking. Ah well.
- Speaker dinner was at Carrabas. Not a…
I Gotta See the Code is a security question about viewing the code to a stored procedure. Two points if you get figure out all the correct answers! So far it’s working out to be a hard question, only 17% getting all of them.
Fathers Day coincided with the family vacation this year and maybe more than some years I had the time to think a little on being a father. Thinking about the gleeful giggle of my oldest daughter when you she sees through my tricks and the devious and delightful cackle of… Read more
I’m leaving early afternoon for the longish drive to South Florida for SQLSaturday tomorrow. The schedule looks impressive! I missed the last two years due to scheduling conflicts with my vacation, this year I made things easier and scheduled my vacation to coincide! I’m on vacation all of the following… Read more
It’s been a while since I’ve used SSIS for anything of substantial complexity, and a lot longer than that since I went through the SSIS class that Brian Knight taught back when we were in the training business together. Recently I had a chance to take on a small project… Read more
I read a lot and one of the topics I enjoy reading about is woodworking. Recently I’ve been on a de-clutter kick and part of that is a trimming down a big stack of wood working magazines. I sent some to a friend, and was thinking to drop the rest… Read more