On Saturday, March 18, 2017, I spoke at my very first SQL Saturday. I have been an attendee, involved in organizing and volunteered at many over the years, but this was the very first time I was a speaker. My session, What is Power BI?
I have presented this session… Read more
Recently, I was tasked with “enhancing” a third party application. This third party application (TPA) outputs a bunch of files to a file share in a way that makes sense to the application, but makes no sense to a human.
Make a copy of these files in a… Read more
I can’t believe it’s almost time for SQL Saturday #610. I’ll be there presenting What is Power BI? If you are in the Richmond area Saturday, March 18, 2017, please stop by and say “Hello”, I’d love to see you. There are tons of other sessions as well, so… Read more
I did it! I did my first “real world” presentation this morning at the Triad Developers Conference in Winston-Salem. What I mean by “real world” is not a PASS audience. These were total strangers off the street that I didn’t know, well, there were some familiar faces and even a… Read more
I am honored to have been recommended by a colleague and selected as a speaker for the Triad Developer’s Conference in Winston-Salem on March 10, 2017.
The Triad Developer’s Conference is a low cost one day learning event put on by a myriad of local user groups in the Piedmont… Read more
As DBAs we all know setting your file growth to grow by percent is not optimal. It can cause all kinds of issues, which rear their ugly heads as performance problems (see these articles by Brent Ozar, & Tim Ford). So, when I have to support… Read more
I am so honored and excited to have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Richmond on March 18, 2017.
Right now I am so excited, and a little embarrassed. After using Visual Studio (VS) for database projects for the last 7 years, I am just now finding out about this feature?! What feature is that, you ask? Let me tell you…
When using VS for database projects I typically… Read more
The Sound of Music is one of my all time favorite movies. It reminds me of some great times with family during the holidays when I was a kid. The adults would all be in the living room talking about “boring adult stuff” and all us kids would be piled… Read more
That’s right, SQL Saturday Charlotte is coming September 17, 2016. Next to the annual PASS Summit, this is my favorite SQL Event! This is the fifth year that the Charlotte BI Group (CBIG) has put on this great event. They’ve expanded the event this year to include two Pre-Cons… Read more
There were so many cheers when Microsoft announced that the .Net 3.5 Framework was no longer a pre-requisite for installing SQL Server starting with SQL Server 2016. Folks were so excited, until they started testing certain pieces of the product, specifically Database Mail. That’s right, if you want to use… Read more
It’s been a while since my last post, there are various reasons for my absence: work, illness, having our house rewired, etc., but one of the biggest reasons is my struggle with how a few folks in the SQL community treat the PASS organization and those that volunteer their time… Read more
Did you know that the call for speakers for PASS Summit 2016 opened on February 3, 2016?
Did you know that the call for speakers for PASS Summit 2016 ends on March 2, 2016?
Did you know that there’s a Speaker Resource Page?
Did you know that you can… Read more
One of the “benefits” of being a chapter leader is that sometimes it means doing a presentation yourself when you can’t get a speaker. I fell into this exact scenario for February’s meeting of Triad SQL. I was trying to figure out what to present when the planets aligned.… Read more
It’s that time of year, planning for PASS Summit 2016. We’ve already put out the Call for Volunteers, which closes today, January 22, 2016, so get those applications in and be part of the team that helps determine content for the Summit. Don’t want to volunteer but still want… Read more
It seems like PASS Summit 2015 was just yesterday and here we are again, getting ready for Summit 2016 already. This will be my seventh year of being a member of the Program Committee and my second year as a Program Manager. If you have ever thought about volunteering for… Read more
As a DBA, I have a collection of scripts that I use for anything from auto-fixing logins to seeing who has the DAC. Since I’ve been a DBA for a while (yeah, a while, we’ll go with that) I have quite the collection of scripts and I am constantly adding… Read more
If you use SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and SQL Server Data Tools – BI (SSDT-BI) for your SQL Server 2012 development, then you have no doubt been frustrated, like me, by the fact that if you have both of these installed you no longer have the ability to create… Read more
There we so many cool announcements at the PASS Summit this year, but one of my favorites was the “One Tool to Rule Them All”. The SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) teams and the Visual Studio (VS) team have finally teamed up together to give us one tool to do… Read more
Recently I attended Reg-Gate’s SQL in the City event in Seattle, WA. I was in Seattle for the annual PASS Summit, you can read about my Summit adventures here. While at RedGate’s event, I attended a session that called on SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) users. RedGate wanted… Read more