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K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

IT Security, MySQL, Perl, SQL Server, and Windows technologies.

Archives: January 2011

User Group Giveaway: My Latest Book

As I annouced earlier, Oracle and database expert, Bert Scalzo and I collaborated on an introductory text appropriately titled Introduction to SQL Server, which is self-published. The book is intended to be useful for someone new to SQL Server, typically an end user who is faced with getting data out… Read more

MSSQLTips Kindle Giveaway

Want a legitimate chance to win an eBook reader like a Kindle? Would having it loaded down with eBooks on SQL Server help? I'm always wary of all those contests purporting to offer free Macs, free iPads, free Kindles, etc. However, I know the guys running this one: the guys… Read more

The Danger of Agreements

I'm speaking in context of Getting Things Done, not a legal or contractual agreement.  What brought this up is me finishing the book up (I'm almost there) and thinking about the library book list I started to track how well I'm doing. I have a bad habit of checking… Read more

SQL Saturday #70 - Columbia, SC - Call for Speakers

We're gearing up the advertising for SQL Saturday #70 since we're about 8 weeks out. In keeping with that, our Call for Speakers is open for your submissions. If you want to see what has already been proposed for sessions, you can look at the Schedule page, which will… Read more

Free SQL Server Training for the week of January 24, 2011

We're finally getting a handle on things with the new baby. :-) As a result, I've started this weekly accumulation of free SQL Server training for the following week.

 

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Pragmatic Works - Introduction to PowerPivot - Brian Knight

PASS Application Development Virtual Chapter - Introduction to Service Broker Read more

New Book: Introduction to SQL Server

Last year, Kevin Kline (blog | twitter) introduced me to Oracle and database expert, Bert Scalzo. Bert was looking to take his Introduction to Oracle book and do a companion book, but for SQL Server. So we put our heads together and collaborated to write Introduction to… Read more

SQL People Events - TED for SQL Server

When I first saw Andy Leonard's post about a new SQL People event, I was intrigued. It's not a training event, but it is primarily around Microsoft SQL Server. And it's purpose is to inspire. I've seen this before. It's called TED. And I like TED. TED talks… Read more

Technical Goals for 2011

I know I missed out on the massive meme yesterday (T-SQL Tuesday #14), but I blame dealing with the weather down here in the South. Snow twice in a season here in SC? Say it ain't so! Here are my technical goals for the coming year:

Writing/Speaking:

I write… Read more

Re-Awarded MVP for 2011

I received my notice that I was renewed as a MIcrosoft MVP for SQL Server for 2011.  It's a nice recognition for community work and I'm glad to be in a position to give back. This year, as I'm mulling over my goals, I hope to do more, especially on… Read more