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Few blog posts ago, I decided to build a virtual environment for a personal SQL Server sandbox. So, the Virtual SQL Playground Adventure blog series came to life.
In the introduction I promised to document everything but did not do a follow up blog post after that. That doesn’t mean… Read more
Building a reporting system from the ground up is a daunting task. Such a big project usually involves intricate resource movement. Reporting is an important component of Business Intelligence (BI). Therefore, perceptive implementation options of the reporting portion should be considered. Data analysis and integration become pointless if they lack… Read more
Packt Publishing has published SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints – the book that Mickey Stuewe (b | t) and I have been collaborating on for months. Packt has published this title under their Blueprints Series.
What exactly is a Packt Blueprints Book?
“Blueprints are basically in… Read more
Welcome to the Virtual SQL Playground Adventure! Why Adventure? What’s an Adventure?
An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.
That is exactly what this series is all about. I can’t tell you how… Read more
The Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 SP1 Virtual Machines on my laptop are connecting just fine to my physical network adapter (wifi) via the External Virtual Switch that I setup in Hyper-V (Windows 8 Pro host). I can connect to the internet to do Windows updates on those VM’s. Read more
How many lines of TSQL codes and Window Functions you need to come up with this?
R, it takes about 2 commands:
> order <- as.matrix(sqlFetch(ch,"SalesDetails") > summary(order)
To give you an idea, I prepared the dataset into a view like this:
CREATE VIEW SalesDetails AS SELECT soh.OrderDate…
I’ve got plenty of SQL Server books at home (physical and Kindle versions). But if I’m not in the mood of reading a tech book but itching to read anyway, I’d… Read more
Joe Lacob bought the struggling Golden State Warriors NBA franchise in 2010. He has been the most hated man by the Warriors fan base since then.
Lacob promised the fans he would turn the franchise around and get it back to the winning edge.
To set the wheels in motion,… Read more
I’ve been looking for better ways of learning and improving my SQL Server skills. Blogs, BOL, webcasts, and training videos are great learning aids. Having the right tools and method makes a lot of difference. Building a SQL Server VM Playground to put the lessons in practice is a vital… Read more
There is something about the Silicon Valley that attracts the innovative and creative individuals. The “misfits, rebels, troublemakers, and the round pegs in square holes” come here as dreamers and leave the valley as
billionaires world changers. The Silicon Valley provides the opportunity and platform to make a difference for… Read more
This book project got its second life. I am now collaborating with another author to bring this book to completion.
I was super excited when I received an invitation to write a book on SSRS 2012. Writing a book has been in my bucket list for as… Read more
I’m in the middle of writing the first chapter of my book. I’m not just ready to announce the working title yet. I’ll probably wait until I finish the 5th chapter (total of 10 chapters).
I thought it would be fun if I open up my writing process so… Read more
Every time you run the SkyDrive Client on your device, a laptop in my case, all your files from the cloud are downloaded to your device locally. That is cool because you can still work on your files even when you’re offline.
The thing is I don’t need all the… Read more
There are things that I’m thankful for this year. Yes, I also got a lot of setbacks but that wouldn’t make me less thankful.
I’m thankful for my family as always. No words can ever describe how thankful I am for the gift of family.
I’m also thankful for my… Read more
I needed to upgrade my tools. It was not a matter of “want” but of “need”. It’s no longer enough to have just the bare minimum, specially when you need to test or study about certain features of SQL Server that require multiple servers in a network environment.
My current… Read more
Developers will love this latest improvement, specially those that have SQL Server Express installed on their laptops or workstations but still work with full versions of SQL Server on their network.
In the past you have to have at least the Developer Version of SQL Server if you also wanted… Read more
You probably heard about 7 Days To OLAP by Simon Doubt. It’s Simon’s experiment on learning OLAP during his stay on the PASS Summit. This is a very interesting concept and you should try it. The experiment has four key elements:
- Focus on one goal
- Isolation from regular work/life responsibilities
Weeks Before The Event
- Check for conflict in Schedule
- Family Activities (Y/N)
- Business Appointment (Y/N)
- Other Commitments (Y/N)
- Plan the Trip
- Distance (calculate travel time)
- Budget $ (Gasoline, food, etc.)
- Airline/Hotel Booking (if applicable)
- Want to Volunteer for the Event (Y/N)
Few Days Before The Event
- Check If Schedule is…
Many can boast that they were trained by Paul and Kimberly Randal at SQLskills. That company is so highly regarded in SQL Server circle that having undergone training with them is considered a great privilege.
Like I said on Twitter, here’s the post about the dashboard I created using Tableau, a BI visualization software. I’ve been hearing good things about Tableau from different people and from the social networks. A couple of friends from Twitter encouraged me to try it and see if I… Read more