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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 2017

Changing the SQLSaturday Logo?

I read with interest the post from Bob Pusateri that discusses what seems to be the next iteration of the SQLSaturday logo. Informative, calm, and I thought had quite a few valid points. I don’t know that I can be as logical or as calm!

Logically, I’d add to the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 April 2017

Reviewing the 2016 PASS Audited Financials

Notes on items I found interesting in the financial statement, recommend you download and read the entire document.

  • Global Alliance Partner (GAP) dues decreased from $103k to $65k. This doesn’t seem like a lot of money either way, is this program successful?
  • It looks like we lost $40k in…

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0 comments, 220 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 April 2017

Murder Data

The Murder Accountability Project is worth a look. It’s a reminder that gathering good data is hard, but once you have the data you can do interesting things – like identify serial killings. The site says 220,000 unsolved homicides in the US since 1980. A big number, but not big… Read more

0 comments, 307 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 6 April 2017

ADO Connection Resiliency

It’s not easy to keep up with tech, here’s an update I missed – you can add params to the connection string to enable retries on connections that were established (in the connection pool) but have since failed. I suspect many apps will cover this in the code that handles… Read more

0 comments, 279 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 5 April 2017

Only as Good as Your Auditor

I wrote Only as Good as Your Auditor for SQLServerCentral because its something I’ve explained to people over and over again. For most of us in IT audits are something we tolerate and try to get done as quickly as we can, a test to pass, and because of that… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 April 2017

How to Become a SQL Server Database Administrator

I wrote How to Become a SQL Server Database Administrator (email address required for download) a few years ago as a project for Idera, one that I still point people to when they show an interest in the career path. I wish there more of these out there. It would… Read more

4 comments, 307 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 April 2017

April Fools 2017

Each year I try to something fun for April 1st, though it’s hard to do well. Trying to be funny without crossing any of the many lines we should respect isn’t the easiest thing. Probably the easy target is self – least likely to complain! Still, sometimes there are general… Read more

0 comments, 315 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 1 April 2017

Why I’m Changing to MySQLAndy

From time to time we all have to examine our path and decide if we need to make adjustments. Looking at the market, I found a lot of reasons why now is the right time to switch to mySQL. Here’s the top five:

5. I’m going to have to learn… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 April 2017