It’s kind of fun to see Azure development artifacts on display. I’ve posted about them before, a couple of times. I’m starting to finally get systematized about the whole thing, just so I can see stuff as it changes rather than discover them by accident or get told about them… Read more
Ever since David Moutray introduced me to the concept of cargo cult programming, it’s been running round and round in my head. I’m actually coming to believe that this is a major issue in all walks of life. True or not, we’re absolutely seeing it in the data professionals… Read more
Getting started as a data professional is an incredibly daunting task. If you’re not concerned that you’re going to mess stuff up and cause a system to crash and burn, maybe you’re in the wrong job. The amount of information you have to learn is insanely huge, coupled with the… Read more
Microsoft keeps sneaking little things under the door for Windows Azure SQL Database. This time it’s a couple of new views, a system view and a Dynamic Management View (DMV); sys.resource_stats and sys.dm_operation_stats.
But, I also learned another fun fact, not all this stuff rolls out at the same speed.… Read more
Yeah, I’m a couple of days late. Tough. My blog. My rules.
Speaking of rules. Speaker of the Month is chosen by me based on my whims, interests and the direction of the wind on every other Tuesday at 3PM. No whining.
I saw a ton of excellent sessions during… Read more
Let’s have some fun.
This Friday, November 1, 2013, I’m putting on an all day seminar on query tuning. It’s set up as a pre-conference event for SQL Saturday 255 in Dallas. It’s a 200 level course on understanding how the query optimizer works, the importance of statistics,… Read more
Overall, each and every one of these events was awesome. I can safely… Read more
This year I was invited to attend the Women In Technology luncheon as a blogger. So I’ll be live-blogging it through it in the same way as I did the keynote.
The WIT lunches are a fascinating, and let’s face it, unique PASS-style event, that have been taking place for… Read more
Today we have to eat our vegetables and then get lots and lots of sweet desert.
Today we hear about PASS Finances as a part of the official annual meeting and then we get to hear Dr. David Dewitt speak (completely and utterly getting our nerd on… Read more
I am liveblogging the keynote from the bloggers table at the PASS Summit again this year. Just keep scrolling.
Watching the introduction video as people trickle in. All the other bloggers are setting up. I get in early. I didn’t rearrange the seats this year. I see others doing it… Read more
Most everyone I know works with environments that are carefully controlled and structured. All changes go through rigorous testing and full documentation. Absolutely nothing happens in a production environment that hasn’t been thought through, discussed, planned for and written down. But, there are a few, a very few, who work… Read more
I read this fascinating blog post called “Don’t Be a Gatekeeper” by Julie Zhuo. Please read that first.
It really resonated for me in a lot of ways. Everything she said is 100% applicable to our jobs as data professionals. Work to make things more robust. Create processes… Read more
If you’ve been working with Azure for a while you probably signed up before they had the ability to create an account with spending limits. Even worse, you couldn’t switch an unlimited account to a limited account. I have great news. Sometime between June (last time I was messing with… Read more
This month I saw several good speakers talking on a variety of topics. Making this choice was hard. I’m really glad people don’t know who I’ve decided not to pick because I would be singularly unpopular.
The rules for speaker of the month are simple. This is an utterly arbitrary… Read more
You may or may not have noticed, but every single week day for the month of September, I’ve put up a blog post. Some were short little blurbs linking to some other person’s blog or an article that I decided to comment on. Some were the… Read more
We just received word of a bunch of new functionality over at Scott Guthrie’s blog. Not a lot of stuff for data pro’s… unless you work with Oracle. Yeah, you can now create Oracle VMs. See the image below:
I swear, I can’t tell you why this gives… Read more
I’ve already made my own intentions clear. I’m casting one of my votes for Allen Kinsel. But, I get three votes. Some of you may be asking yourselves, why didn’t recommend two other candidates?
First, no one else asked me to. I’m actually glad of this. If… Read more
While I have production databases in Azure, I can’t exactly experiment with them at will. Further, while they mostly have pretty innocuous data, it’s not all public. So, I need a mechanism for creating a database that I can play with in Azure. I use AdventureWorks. I get it. It’s… Read more
One of the things that can make Windows Azure SQL Databases (WASD) attractive is the fact that they run inside of a managed environment. But, that does mean that you’re sharing resources with other databases. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if people are extremely worried about performance, yet,… Read more
To put it bluntly, you need to go cast a vote for Allen Kinsel for the PASS Board.
In his own words, here’s why Allen is running.
Why am I supporting Allen? First, he’s a friend. But ignore that. This isn’t, or at least shouldn’t be, a popularity contest.… Read more