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Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a SQL Server Professional working in the UK where he recently worked as a DBA in women's clothing, not literally he hastens to add! He is certified in SQL Server 2008, runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group Pass Chapter and is on the organising committee for SQL Relay. In his spare time plays the trumpet in local symphony orchestras.

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SQL Server events in the UK – December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun for a number of us. This doesn’t mean it’s time to relax, there’s still plenty of events around the UK that you can get your learn on.

Date Location Event Time Details
4th December Southampton User Group Evening With Dave Ballantyne
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4th December

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 2 December 2013

SQL Cruise competition, and the winner is …

Earlier this month SQL Cruise, (an initiative created by Tim Ford (B|T)) and Dell Software announced a competition to win a free place on the next SQL Cruise which is taking place on the 25th January 2014 in Miami, returning on 2nd February.

In between… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 November 2013

#SQLRelay 2013 R2 – Week 2

If you haven’t heard of SQL Relay and you live in the UK then shame on you. SQL Relay is an annual community run series of SQL Server training events across the UK. Our aim is to enhance the existing SQL Server community in the UK by bringing free world… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 21 November 2013

The week that was: PASS #SQLRally EMEA 2013

I feel really bad that I’ve not been able to blog recently. My draft area is littered with half written posts about things I was going to be doing late October and early November that will now go unpublished because those particular events are over. This does however provide me… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 19 November 2013

Webcasts this week – wc 20131118

I’ve been a bit lapse in posting what I am up to recently. For example, I completely missed blogging about speaking at both the PASS SQL Rally events earlier this month! I’ll try and write up a review of the events next week to make up for it though and… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 19 November 2013

Which personal traits should a #SQLPASS Director have?

A lot has been said about what each candidate would like to do and their track record of delivering in the past. Every candidate has an impressive list of references, you can read mine here. The problem with stating our goals now is it is not like a pledge…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 September 2013

PASS BoD Election Questions – Summit location

As you may have seen in my post yesterday “PASS Board of Directors Election: Candidates announced” I am running for the PASS Board of Directors.

As part of the process PASS has invited it’s members to write questions in the  PASS Board of Directors forum. Andy Warren… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 24 September 2013

PASS BoD Election Questions – Global Vs Local

As you may have seen in my post yesterday “PASS Board of Directors Election: Candidates announced” I am running for the PASS Board of Directors.

As part of the process PASS has invited it’s members to write questions in the  PASS Board of Directors forum. TJay Belt… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 24 September 2013

PASS Board of Directors Election: Candidates announced

Earlier this morning the official list of candidates running for the PASS Board of Directors was announced. I’m both delighted and very humbled to say that I made the cut. To be on such a distinguished list is quite an honour!

The full list of candidates below is sorted by… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 23 September 2013

PASS Summit agenda now published and I’m speaking!

For those of you who may have been living under a rock for the last few years every year PASS holds a summit which is a huge multi-day technical conference on your favourite RDBMS – SQL Server. This year the summit is being held 15th-18th October in Charlotte, NC. You… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 13 September 2013

1199 Data Professionals and you

The second incarnation of 2013 “SQL Relay” is bigger and better than ever. We have taken on board all of your feedback from June and included an extra two venues in a venture that we have named “SQL Relay 2013 R2”. These extra two venues will bring up our total… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 12 September 2013

SQL Saturday Cambridge #228 September 27-28th September

Snazzy title eh, I bet you can’t guess what this post is about. That’s right, it’s all about Monty Python!

A lot of the Monty Python crew met in Cambridge and were a part of the Cambridge University Footlights so it seems somewhat fitting that this SQL Saturday should be… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 11 September 2013

SQL Server events in the UK September 2013

Sorry things are a little later this month…
Summer (like the MCM program) may be coming to an end, but we still have plenty of great UK SQL Server events including a SQL Saturday this month. I’m especially excited about the SQL Saturday as Buck Woody is coming over to…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 4 September 2013

SQL Server events in the UK August 2013

You might have thought that the UK SQL Server scene would have gone quiet during the summer break, but far from it. We still have a number of great physical and virtual events across the country that you can attend…

Date Location Event Time Details
1st August  2013 Online UK…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 1 August 2013

SQL Server Webcast: The Day After Tomorrow; Why YOU need to Baseline

Every day I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a profession that I really enjoy, as there’s always something new to learn and experiment with. We also have a fantastic SQL Server community which I am proud to be a part of.

After being approached by Quest (now Dell… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 23 July 2013

Maidenhead SQL Server User Group – 9th July with Alex Whittles and John Martin

Another month and another evening of top quality free SQL Server goodness for those living/working in the Maidenhead area of the UK.

This month I am being joined by two fellow organisers of the successful SQL Relay events that occurred in June Alex Whittles and John Martin. Special thanks to… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 5 July 2013

SQL Server Events in the UK July 2013

Last month saw SQL Relay, Tech Ed, SQL Saturday Dublin, oh and the small matter of a CTP for SQL Server 2014. This month we’re slowing down the pace a little so we can all play with CTP1. If you have any questions about it, why not go to one…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 1 July 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 8 Parameter Sniffing

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 27 June 2013

5 community stored procedures you need for your servers

We’re blessed in the SQL Server community that there are so many people willing to share work they have done for the benefit of others. I’ve collated five scripts that have really helped me out over the years by some of the best in the business, enjoy…

Paul Randal –…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 27 June 2013

Natural Born Killers (The series) – Day 7 Table Variables vs Temp Tables

To those that don’t know me “Natural Born Killers (The Series)” sounds like a very strange choice for a SQL Server blog title and to be fair it is.

Those who do know me, will know that I have been presenting a session this year titled “Natural Born Killers, performance… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 June 2013

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