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Archives: January 2011

SQL Saturday #57 – Houston

SQL Saturday #57 was this weekend! Sean and I went, talked, webshow-ed, and then presented a total of SIX sessions!


Sean and I drove down Friday afternoon – only confusing I-35 with I-45 for about an hour, and then diverting back toward Houston.  We really enjoy these trips together,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 31 January 2011

Un-SQL Friday #002 Roundup (finally)

The invitation for Un-SQL Friday #002 (Tech Giants) was, like, a week ago! I’ve gotta get this train a-rollin, or we won’t ever read all the awesomeness you guys had to say about your techie heroes!  Before we get started, I have to say that I’m VERY pleased with John… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 28 January 2011

My Surprise MVP Party

Two Fridays ago, Sean and I sat down for our weekly DBAs@Midnight webshow* as usual. Unusually, we were expecting an out-of-town guest: Wendy Pastrick (blog, Twitter). Even more unusually, about 5 1/2 minutes in, Sean surprised me with the news that I’d received the Microsoft SQL Server… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 24 January 2011

RTFM365, Week 7

[Commence whine-a-thon, thinly veiled as an introductory paragraph to a blog.]

As I knew it would, it is getting VERY difficult to keep on a daily reading regimen. It’s not because I’m bored with the project – not at all. If anything, I wish I had moretime to read.… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 24 January 2011

Blog Sins

Thoughts come together, and the hybridization of your thoughts give rise to new ideas.  Here are the thoughts:

  • I have this session called “T-SQL Code Sins”, where I talk about “the worst things we do to SQL code, and why”. 
  • Last night I was talking about blogging with several SQL…

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1 comments, 553 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 21 January 2011

Who do you want to see at SQLRally and 24HOP?

I dig democracy: I like all this voting for SQL sessions at events.

Voting is open this week, Jan17 – 23, for SQLRally Database & Application Development sessions!  Take a look at the SQLRally session list, and cast your vote today!

Voting is ALSO open, until January 24 Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 January 2011

Un-SQL Friday: Your Tech Giants

This started as just a regular blog…but it’s sparked such a big conversation online, I’ve decided to make it an Un-SQL Friday.
I hereby declare this Friday Un-SQL Friday. While T-SQL Tuesday is “…the SQL Server blogosphere’s first recurring, revolving blog party….on the chosen [SQL-related] topic,” UN-SQL…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 January 2011

T-SQL Tuesday #014 Roundup

Wow…the inagural 2011 T-SQL Tuesday was so big, it lasted a week! A few quick observations, then on to the blog posts:

According to my terribly scientific observations of T-SQL Tuesday, the third most common techie resolution for 2011 is MCM prep!  The number two most common techie resolution is…. Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 January 2011

RTFM365, Week 6

Just a quick note this week….things are quite crazy right now, and I’m struggling to keep reading on my days off.  It’s really become a pleasure to have some set time for reading on weekdays, though. 


For the next year (minus about 1.5 months now), I will read from… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 January 2011

T-SQL Tuesday: Resolutions

In my invitation to T-SQL Tuesday #014, I picked the topic “Resolutions”, clearly to play on the new year.  The only thing I have right now that could count as a New Year’s resolution is the RTFM365 project…it’s certainly going to take some stick-to-it-iveness to finish out a year… Read more

1 comments, 549 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 11 January 2011

Top 10 SQL #Awesomesauce for 2010

Here at, we’re all about you! And us!  It’s just us, and you. Which is why I’ve put together the top 10 SQL Awesomesauce blogs of 2010 – by me, for you! (Note that I only put the hit counters in place sometime in July, so this is more… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 10 January 2011

RTFM365, Week 5

I’m trying to plan out this week better, and come at the RTFM readings with a sense of direction an purpose.  I’ve decided to dig deeper into the T-SQL sections, top-down. I think this is going to be more profitable, knowledge-wise, because I’ll be reading about related subjects.

Short list… Read more

1 comments, 330 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 January 2011

Tech Books: Caveat Emptor

These days, we have a myriad of ways to judge whether any given product – like, say, a book on SQL Server – is any good. We ask our friends in the industry, check reviews online, or failing anything else, we go for the name we recognize.  “Hey, Dan Bookman… Read more

1 comments, 518 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 January 2011

Invitation to T-SQL Tuesday #014

Hello and welcome to the first T-SQL Tuesday of 2011!

2010 was a great year for T-SQL Tuesdays, dreamed up and instigated by Adam Machanic (blog, Twitter) in December of 09 (see his recent blog T-SQL Tuesday Meta Roundup).  So tell us, Adam…what is a T-SQL… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 4 January 2011

RTFM365, Week 4

The days are just flying. I have to admit: I may have missed a day or two in the rush of Christmas and New Year’s…but I’m sticking with the RTFM365 handle. RTFM363 just doesn’t sound the same.  

The coolest thing I read about this week is the Resource Database ,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 3 January 2011

Beginning Powershell Companion PDF

Howdy all…as is so often the case, I’m studying something – Powershell – and I’m in need of a reference to help me in my early days of near-ignorance. So I’ve made myself a reference sheet!

In Sean’s first two Powershell videos – Powershell Basics, and Scripting DB Objects… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 3 January 2011