Archives: August 2010
If you haven’t paid attention to the new social media, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Just as email was a game-changer in the 1980s and the internet revolutionized society in the 1990s, social media is making a huge impact on the way people work and interact today. Personally, I was… Read more
Microsoft SQL Server’s relational engine has offered new instrumentation that improves by light years with each new release. The introduction of Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) in SQL Server 2005 provided a much-needed equivalent to Oracle’s long-standing and capable V$ and X$ system views. SQL Server 2008 has provided another dramatic… Read more
At a rather muted Microsoft TechEd in Los Angeles in May, the crowds were diminished and the educational content was slimmed down. In the past, SQL Server sessions were so abundant that you’d have trouble choosing which of several you might want to attend. This year, the state of the… Read more
In my many years on the board of directors of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), I frequently exhorted our members to strive for individual achievement and personal excellence. One of the best paths for many SQL Server professionals is through certification, especially if they lack years of demonstrated… Read more
Back in late May, my pal Buck Woody (blog | twitter) and I presented SQL Server for the Oracle DBA. Buck played Jerry Lewis’ role, while I played the straight man a la Dean Martin. You can see the recording and slide deck here. Since both… Read more
If you’re wondering whether to hedge your long-term bets on cloud computing, this should help you solidify your thinking.
Microsoft has been building a dream team for Azure, including the patriarch of Windows (and father of Windows NT) Dave Cutler. Tweets from several Microsofties reveal that another revered… Read more