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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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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

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 11 January 2011

Top 10 SQL #Awesomesauce for 2010

Here at MidnightDBA.com, 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

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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

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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