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Archives: September 2010

Video: The Growing SQL Server World- Surviving the Data Avalanche

An expert roundtable discussion hosted by SQL Server Expert Kevin Kline and featuring speakers from Microsoft, EMC, Avanade, HP and Quest Software.
With the release of SQL Server 2005 and its focus on Business Intelligence, SQL Server professionals are faced with unprecedented amounts of data to manage. How are you… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 30 September 2010

DBTA: The Trouble with Third-Party Applications

Third-party applications are a very important part of the IT landscape. Many of us have faced the common dilemma of trying to decide whether to build or buy that next important application our organizations need. (By the way, I’m talking about smaller, specialized applications like an inventory management system for… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 September 2010

Plays Well With Others – Hiring, Part 2

Interview Styles and Samples

There are three basic interview styles you can use when interview technologists: biographical, technical, or behavioral.  Each has advantages and disadvantages.  Because of this mix of pros and cons, some organizations will mix two or more of the styles, or allow different people in the organization… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 25 September 2010

Video: Clock drift and virtualization

Watch Kevin discuss what clock drift is and how it occurs in a virtualized environment and how to avoid this issue.

Posted August 27, 2008.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 23 September 2010

DBTA: SQL Server in the Clouds?

The idea of “SQL Server in the cloud” is all the rage as I write this article. Many SQL Server experts already predict the demise of the IT data center and a complete upending of the current state of our industry, in which large enterprises can spend millions of dollars… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 21 September 2010

Plays Well With Others – Hiring, Part 1

 Pre-Interview Preparation

As I promised in the last post , I’ll be covering hiring in greater detail over the next three installments.  Today, I’m going to talk about what goes into effective hiring before the interview ever takes place.  Future installments will cover the various interview styles you can choose… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 18 September 2010

The State of the Internet Operating System

Tim O’Reilly has written a two part post on his thoughts on the internet operating system.  Part one is here.  Part two is here.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 17 September 2010

Video: First Video Blog

This is Kevin Kline’s first video blog post on www.SQLServerPedia.com

Posted August 04, 2008.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 16 September 2010

Broken or Just Bent? #passvotes

Cross Posted from TimMitchell.net

Though things have died down a bit since the initial backlash, the recent development in the PASS board election process is still the talk of the town.  I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of folks about this, and have read some excellent blogs… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 September 2010

DBTA: The Future of Coding for SQL Server, Part 2

In my last column (published in the February e-edition and the March print edition of DBTA), I reviewed the overall coding landscape for SQL Server with special focus on LINQ to SQL, a new technology introduced by Microsoft in late 2008. LINQ to SQL promised to make developers’ lives much… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 14 September 2010

Plays Well With Others – A Primer on Hiring

Helloooo... My eyes are up here.

Good hiring practices are vital for any organization.  As you move up in ranks, you’ll be given more influence and authority in hiring situations.  Unfortunately, most organizations offer no training on how to effectively hire the best candidate nor do they have a formalized… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 12 September 2010

#passvotes Tweaks and Data Geeks: PASS Election 2011

Cross posted from Stuart Ainsworth’s codegumbo.

Obviously, the angst over the 2010 PASS elections still lives on for some, and some of you are probably ready to move on to more immediate concerns, but as for me, I’m stuck here trying to figure out what I should learn from… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 September 2010

A PASSionate Community

Cross posted from Joe Webb’s blog.

Much has been voiced about the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Nominating Committee’s decision to not put Steve Jones (blog, twitter) on the ballot for this year’s Board of Directors election. I’ve watched this controversy unfold with… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 September 2010

A Community Divided

Cross posted from Joe Webb’s blog.

People have been screaming from rooftops for a month now about the PASS election process, ever since a beloved member of our SQL Server community was shunned in his bid to run for the PASS Board of Directors. The community has reacted vocally.… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 September 2010

Visual Studio 2010 – Special Edition

I wanted to pass along this great info from Microsoft.  In their own words…
 

 Take Visual Studio for a Test Drive
Take this powerful tool and its features for a spin by downloading a full Visual Studio 2010 trial version. Discover how Visual Studio 2010 Professional helps individual developers build,… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 September 2010

Video: MVPs talk about SQL Server 2008

Video chat with Brent Ozar and SQL Server MVPs Kevin Kline, Hilary Cotter and Geoff Hiten to talk about how SQL Server 2008 addresses DBA challenges and pain points. In this webcast, we cover features like Transparent Data Encryption, spatial data, and other new things that really differentiate SQL Server… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 September 2010

See You in St Louis, and then London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and York, UK

Good grief, there’s a lot of travel in my future.  <sigh … deep breath> It’ll be exhausting and it’ll be hard to lose so much time with the family.  But if I’m able to avoid travel mishaps, it’ll be fun.

The Gateway to the West

Meet Me In St. Louis

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 7 September 2010

DBTA: The Future of Coding for SQL Server

In a two-part article over the next two months, I’m going to address an important issue for the SQL Server community: the future direction of coding for SQL Server, as directed by Microsoft. I’ll start by telling you a bit about the current situation with writing code on and for… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 7 September 2010

Political Calculus – PASS Nominations

Pardon me, sir. Do I have a dog in this fight?

Do I have a dog in this Fight? If I did, it'd be the Warner Brothers Barnyard Dog.

After my term of service on the PASS board of directors ended in December of 2009, I fully intended to stay… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 4 September 2010

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