I attended Itzik Ben-Gan's all day pre-con session. He covered a lot of material and it…
I haven't posted much lately, but it has been a busy few months with many family activities. At work, I am happy to say that we are in the middle of upgrading our financial system, which includes an upgrade from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005 64 bit. Basically,… Read more
I was at DevTeach/SQLTeach in Montreal last week. The conference was very well run and the organizers did a great job. I gave two presentations, one of which was "T-SQL for Beginners".
During the presentation, a member of the audience asked me a question that I never really thought about… Read more
There are two big SQL Server learning opportunities I want to remind you about. First, DevTeach/SQLTeach will be held in Montreal May 14 - 18. I will be speaking there this year on beginning T-SQL and new T-SQL features of SQL Server 2005. The second talk will cover error trapping,… Read more
On Wednesday I gave a presentation to the St. Louis Visual Basic.Net user group. I really enjoy speaking to this group, they never look like they are falling asleep and we always have a lively discussion. I spoke about indexes, using estimated query plans to troubleshoot queries and the procedure… Read more
We recently received a script for a modified stored proc from a vendor. My colleague ran the script on the test database, but the application owner wasn't ready to test the new functionality. My colleague knew she had to revert back to the old proc and scripted out the proc… Read more
I am a big fan of automating whatever I can and being proactive. The more proactive you can be, the less fires to put out and the less stress you have. I was reading the 7 Habits book at one time which suggests that you can carry around a little… Read more
I can think of three ways to insert just the missing rows from one table or query into another table.
The first way is so ugly that I hate to even bring it up, yet I know that there are developers and (gasp) DBAs using this very technique. Basically, you create… Read more
After years of mild weather in the St. Louis area, this is the second time we have been hit hard in a year. In July, two storms in one week left hundreds of thousands of homes without power in 95 degree plus temperatures (F) . On Thursday afternoon this week, an… Read more
I went to an abbreviated version of the Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals launch this morning. The reason for the shorter than usual launch is because freezing rain began falling mid-morning making roads treacherous. They thought we would appreciate getting out of there early. St. Louis has… Read more
I've heard a lot of complaints about SQL Server Management Studio concerning slowness and some of the things, like scripting out objects into individual files, that are missing. I have been using it to manage my SQL Server 2000 and 2005 servers for several months and have gotten used to… Read more
Sadly, I haven't had much experience yet with SQL Server 2005 except for Reporting Services and SSIS. The majority of my databases are for third-party
applications that are not yet certified for SQL Server 2005 or require an upgrade so I'll be running 2000 for quite awhile at work.
This… Read more
While at PASS, I created a thread in the forums: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=61&messageid=322277 . It was an incredible week. I look forward to implementing many of the things I learned about.
Attending the Summit as a volunteer is a totally different experience. You meet someone like Bill Graziano from working on a… Read more
If you are new to SQL Server, you might be interested in viewing a video that covers the terms you use when working with T-SQL: http://www.jumpstarttv.com/Media.aspx?vid=35 . I plan to record many more videos on T-SQL and am working on the second one now.
I just began migrating SQL Servers (2000) to Windows 2003 from Windows 2000 a few months ago. In the past, I never had to add the start up account to the local administrators group. Now that we are moving to Windows 2003, I had to start adding the start up account… Read more
For those of you who are interested in speaking at PASS in November, the submission site is open: http://passew.prod.web.sba.com/callpapers/CallPapers.cfm?conference_id=15 .
I encourage you to submit your abstract! Read more