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Archives: April 2009

When a Community Rallies!

I have been a bit lax these past few days, but I have been having a bit of a writers block not knowing what to write about.  Well, I realized this evening there is something worth writing about, and it is happening right now on SQLServerCentral.com.  An amazing thing is… Read more

5 comments, 1,430 reads

Posted in SQL Musings from the Desert on 27 April 2009

Career Development and Training

I know I discussed this in an early post, but it seems to have reared its ugly head again.  This time during the discussion of Barry Young's first article in his series on removing cursors from your code.

It seems interesting that there are individuals and companies out there the… Read more

3 comments, 1,556 reads

Posted in SQL Musings from the Desert on 17 April 2009

Dealing with Difficult Forum Users - The Flip Side

Earlier I talked about dealing with the difficult forum user from the perspective of providing help.  Now let us look at from the flip side of the coin.  You are asking for help and you aren't getting what you want or need.

The first thing you have to realize is… Read more

20 comments, 1,970 reads

Posted in SQL Musings from the Desert on 5 April 2009

A Variable Length Random String

I was looking through some of the active threads on SQLServerCentral.com tonight, and I ran across one with some code that looked familiar.  While reading this thread, I noticed that the function returned a fixed length random character string.  This told me that if you needed a random character string… Read more

0 comments, 3,396 reads

Posted in SQL Musings from the Desert on 4 April 2009