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Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc.

I'm passionate about SQL Server. But I feel like I haven't reached my full potential yet. So, this is my mission: My purpose is to help people in their pursuit of growth and development; and, thereby, help myself realize my full potential as a professional, husband, father, christian, and human being.
My online presences include: Tech Blog: Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. Productivity & GTD Hack Blog: Productivity Bits Twitter: @MarlonRibunal

Choose specific folders to sync with SkyDrive

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

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Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 26 November 2012

I’m Thankful for 978-1-84968-508-5

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

4 comments, 477 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 22 November 2012

Tools of the Trade

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

1 comments, 628 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 19 November 2012

SQL Server Express with complete SSMS

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

0 comments, 780 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 15 November 2012

Agile way of acquiring SQL Server skills

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

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2 comments, 1,274 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 10 November 2012

Attendant’s checklist to a SQL Saturday event

Weeks Before The Event

  1. Check for conflict in Schedule
    • Family Activities (Y/N)
    • Business Appointment (Y/N)
    • Other Commitments (Y/N)
  2. Plan the Trip
    • Distance (calculate travel time)
    • Budget $ (Gasoline, food, etc.)
    • Airline/Hotel Booking (if applicable)
  3. Want to Volunteer for the Event (Y/N)

Few Days Before The Event

  1. Check If Schedule is…

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Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 15 September 2012

SQLskills joining Pluralsight is a good news for all

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.

Not all of us will have the same privilege of sitting in an Immersion Event Read more

2 comments, 642 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 6 September 2012

Demonstration of a simple dashboard created with the Tableau Software

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

0 comments, 1,150 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 1 September 2012

Digging deeper into SQL Server

I’m nowhere near where I needed to be. I am not digging enough. I’m not learning enough. Learning opportunities are not landing on my lap.

I have to go out on my own and learn SQL Server on my own time and resources.

This blog was never meant to become… Read more

5 comments, 783 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 25 August 2012

Lenovo’s Cancellation Policy is not consumer-friendly

I recently placed an order for a ThinkPad W530 from Lenovo. One day before the estimated shipping date, I noticed that I inadvertently picked the integrated wireless card that I didn’t want (ThinkPad B/G/N 1×1). I wanted the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (or at least Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205) instead. Read more

5 comments, 1,081 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 9 August 2012

Getting to the next level in your SQL Server career

Jen McCown (Blog | Twitter) wrote about an interesting topic on the different levels of database professionals. In her article, Jen identified the three levels as Junior, Mid-Level, and High-Level.

I’m not repeating here her descriptions of the different levels, so go and read her article (link… Read more

1 comments, 845 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 4 August 2012

Learning solid SQL Server and Business Intelligence skills through online training

I have just signed up for a one year standard subscription of Pluralsight Hardcore Developer Training. I’m focusing on SQL Server and Business Intelligence. My training goal is to improve my technical knowledge and gain new industrial skills to get myself ready for opportunities now and the future.

I… Read more

5 comments, 1,112 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 28 July 2012

This week’s links on monitoring SQL Server performance

From time to time, I will be posting links that I encountered during the week. This is also one way of tracking blog posts that I liked. I hope others will find values in these links.

The Scene Behind NOLOCK – Take another look on the behind the scenes of… Read more

2 comments, 619 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 6 July 2012

Why I failed my goals

I have two goals that I have sought to achieve by mid-year of 2012. The deadline I set for myself is up. Goals achieved: Zero, Zip, Nada, Zilch.

Null. Or is that " "?

Earlier this year I set two goals: 1. Learn Ruby on Rails 2. Obtain a… Read more

0 comments, 822 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 29 June 2012

I don’t care and why that is good for my blog

I expressed in my About page that this blog is never meant to be a technical blog. But the pressure of relevancy keeps popping up: I need technical content if I want this blog to survive. Readers want to read technical stuff – something they can apply in their job. Read more

4 comments, 603 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 22 June 2012

T-SQL Tuesday #31 – Logging

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Aaron Nelson (@SQLvariant | Blog). The topic is about logging. Many will talk about their logging strategies with their SQL Server infrastructure. Many will show us ways they do their day-to-day logging. And many will offer tips and tricks to expert… Read more

2 comments, 692 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 12 June 2012

Getting started with SQL Server on private cloud

I have been invited to a private beta of SQLDirector by ScaleGrid. “SQLDirector is a MS SQL as a Service (SaaS) solution for the private cloud.” It is a software solution for your private cloud or virtualization infrastructure.

SQLDirector makes the deployment of SQL Server on virtual infrastructure quick… Read more

1 comments, 777 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 6 June 2012

Review of “Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010?

Disclaimer: I wrote this review as a participant to O’Reilly Blogger Review Program.

If you’ve never seen a programming code in your life and want to build a simple program without really trying to learn how to code first, this might just be a good book for you.

If you… Read more

1 comments, 769 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 5 June 2012

Are you ready?

I have talked about wanting a change. I thought I am prepared to embrace that change when it finally comes.

I have waited for the right opportunity. And, yes, I finally met the right opportunity.

I wish this is a success story.

If there is one blog post I remember… Read more

1 comments, 669 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 1 June 2012

Your SQL Server database just failed, can you restore the backup?

It’s one thing to be able to backup a database, it’s another thing to be able to restore it into an operational database in case of failure. We can run a simple TSQL to check the validity of a backup file. We can do something like this:

 RESTORE VERIFYONLY FROM…

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3 comments, 2,943 reads

Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 9 May 2012

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