Short On Money?
Sometimes that is the motivation. Maybe the tool you want doesn’t really exist yet? For me it was those things and the joy of building something useful. I’ve built dozens if not hundreds of tools in the form of scripts, batch files and executable code. Did you… Read more
Digging Around In Google Code
Google Code was very thin when it comes to SQL Server. I did find a few of interesting projects that may appeal to others as well as me. I will say there was a TON of use SQL Server with x programming language.
Digging Around In BitBucket
BitBucket was very thin when it comes to SQL Server. I did find a couple of interesting projects that may appeal to others as well as me.
Turn any version of Microsoft SQL Server into a platform capable of acting just like MongoDB – only… Read more
Tool Archaeology, Digging Through The Web
About every three to six months I will burn some time and just go digging for tools. Mostly, I’m looking for stuff related to SQL Server, PowerShell or C# development. There are lots of places to search through that could yield your next life… Read more
I’ve been doing the whole conference thing for a while. Not as long as some but quite a while. Along the way I’ve collected quite a bit of stuff. I’ve also given away most of it to the local user group too.
I always… Read more
Yep me. I have been honored with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional again this year in SQL Server. This is my third year to receive the award and just like the last two years I am humbled and honored to be a recipient.
Remember, What It Is.
And… Read more
I Want Features Not Cost!
Recently Brent Ozar (blog|twitter) wrote a post SQL Server Standard Edition Sucks, And It’s All Your Fault. Needless to say, he isn’t happy with the price and what you don’t get in Standard Edition of SQL Server 2012. Brent seems… Read more
Open Source, ON WINDOWS!
I’m still stunned in this day and age that people pay obscene amounts of money on tools that are easily replaced in most cases with quality and stable open source alternatives. Part of the problem is that a lot of OSS tools don’t work well on… Read more
Building Connectors Is Crap in SSIS – Updated
What else can I say. I finally broke when I had to build a flat file connector with 258 columns that needed to be imported into a staging database. 258 columns… I almost had a stroke. Not only is it mind numbing… Read more
But the SQL Listener isn’t started!
Yep, I heard you loud and clear. There is more than one way to find SQL Server on your network. This time we will dig deep into the TDS protocol docs again along with a bit of guess work.
Old Dog New Protocol Plus…
Do It In Bulk
I usually don’t run queries on just one server. Most of the time I need to get some piece of information from dozens if not hundreds of servers at a time. I also really like Glenn’s diagnostic queries and use them regularly with some modifications and… Read more
Old Dog, New Tricks
I’ve been writing tools for SQL Server for a lot of years. Some of these tools were never completely released. Some of them were just for me. Some of them overlapped other tools already on the market and free for all. Recently, I started updating my… Read more
Finally a REAL keyboard for my iPad!
I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted a real keyboard that my iPad could dock with easily. I have always hated lugging around a laptop everywhere to do any real typing. When I got the first iPad I really thought it was… Read more
After almost breaking my arm patting myself on the back getting past my last SAP BW issue I found that SAP BW Connector and SQL Server 2012 were punishing me again. I was building a second package against the same SAP instance on the same SQL Server 2012… Read more
If you have ever had to work with Integration Services and data sources other than the Microsoft variety you know how frustrating it can be. I recently started a project using SQL Server 2012 and SAP BW 7. The customer had already decided that the other commercial options weren’t… Read more
Here In A Flash!
Its been a crazy last few years in the flash storage space. Things really started taking off around 2006 when NAND flash and moores law got together. in 2010 it was clear that flash storage was going to be a major part of your storage makeup… Read more
Why do some things have to be so hard?
I have been asking myself that question for the better part of two weeks as I wrestle with SSIS 2008 R2 and getting data out of Oracle and into SQL Server.
It’s like the shell game, only with drivers.
Shared Consolidated Storage Systems – A Brief History
Hey, “Shared Consolidated Storage Systems” did you just make that up? Why yes, yes I did.
If it happens two times then you know the first time wasn’t a fluke.
Today was my anniversary date for the SQL Server MVP award. I wasn’t expecting to be renewed. I was though. Three of my friends weren’t added to the MVP roster. All three of them have put… Read more
So, No SQL Saturday in Austin This Year.
I know a lot of folks were disappointed that we (POSSE) weren’t able to pull together in time for a SQL Saturday in Austin this year. We are shooting for a spring date and I’ll be posting more about that in the… Read more