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Archives: November 2010

Blog Round-up – What Are You Thankful For?

Last week I suggested to others that we institute a little idea theft and put together a few blog posts sharing the things in life we are thankful for.  As the holiday season is upon us and that whole Thanksgiving thing happened in the United States this seemed like a… Read more

5 comments, 774 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 29 November 2010

Do You Protect Your Passwords?

Protect Your Password!

As a consultant, I am frequently receiving new passwords at clients and becoming aware of the password practices of others.  One of the most shocking things I’ve come to discover is how loose people are with their passwords.  At times, I am even included in this group. Read more

3 comments, 261 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 26 November 2010

What Am I Thankful For

Earlier this week, I suggested that we share a message of thanks on our blogs.  Since I suggested we put these posts together, I should throw my post in the ring.  Especially since today is Thanksgiving and my food coma is starting to dissipate.  It only took the second… Read more

1 comments, 289 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 26 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – Resources

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Learning XQuery can be a pain.  There are a lot of different uses for XML and different languages implement it in many different fashions.  To help clear the… Read more

6 comments, 547 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 24 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – Exist

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In the previous post, I discussed the value() method as part of my XQuery for the Non-Expert series.  This next post will deal with a topic similar to…

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3 comments, 837 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 23 November 2010

Cry, Baby, Cry! Failing the MCM Test

Two things happened to me this morning.  First, I woke up and took the written test for the SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master.  Second, I failed said exam.  While that might be a circumstance for pity, we should all be glad.

Where’s the bar?

First off, the exam is tough.… Read more

1 comments, 237 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 22 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – Value

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In the last post, I discussed the query() method in my XQuery for the Non-Expert series.  With this next post, we’ll be working on taking data out of… Read more

2 comments, 840 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 22 November 2010

Un-SQL Friday 001: Branding

Since it’s Sunday (almost Monday), I thought I would chip into Un-SQL Friday.  Before I get down to brass tacks, an explanation is probably in order.  Last week, Jen McCown (Blog | @midnightdba) suggested a new blog round table that has nothing to do with SQL Server but… Read more

0 comments, 477 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 22 November 2010

What are you thankful for?

About this time last year, Digineer had an internal event where we could share  messages of thanks.  These messages were all gathered up and shared between all of us in our weekly newsletter.  I plan to participate again this year but was going to put it out as a blog… Read more

0 comments, 184 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 21 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – Query

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In the last post, I discussed the nodes() method in my XQuery for the Non-Expert series.  With this next post, we’ll be looking into the query() method. Read more

1 comments, 385 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 21 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – Nodes

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In the last post, I discussed XMLNAMESPACES in the XQuery for the Non-Expert series.  With this post, we’ll be looking into the nodes() method.

Where XMLNAMESPACES is the… Read more

1 comments, 326 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 20 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – XMLNAMESPACE

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Let’s talk about XMLNAMESPACE.  Are you excited?  Does your skin crawl with excitement – or rather unease at the thought of leveraging this T-SQL clause?

The goal here… Read more

0 comments, 274 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 19 November 2010

XQuery for the Non-Expert – Terminology

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It’s time for a new series to blog posts – XQuery for the Non-Expert.  The purpose for these posts will be to provide a foundation for using XQuery… Read more

0 comments, 242 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 18 November 2010

The SQL Server MCM Training Has Changed

One thing that stuck out for me at the PASS Summit was the changes announced for the SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Program.  The MCM program is Microsoft’s upper tier database administration certification.  It is aimed at providing a validation of skills and knowledge for those with 5… Read more

7 comments, 1,179 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 16 November 2010

PASSMN Meeting Today

Check us out today by either traveling down to Bloomington or jumping in and joining us online.  Today Minnesota’s SQL Server user group (PASSMN) will be meeting to talk about separation of duties.

At the meeting, Lara Rubbelke (blog | @SQLGal) will present her session “Si… Read more

1 comments, 253 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 16 November 2010

SQLServerPedia Awards Winner

Thanks to all those that voted for my Index Black Ops blog series for the SQLServerPedia blog awards.  I am pretty pumped that my series won.

When I originally envisioned the posts, I was just hoping to put together some sample code that I could use to understand how…

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2 comments, 220 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 15 November 2010

David Dewitt at the PASS Summit

The PASS Summit is complete and we got what we asked for from David Dewitt.  He spoke on the third day of the PASS Summit and received quite the applause when his presentation ended. 

David Dewitt came to us at the request of the community.  When he was mentioned… Read more

2 comments, 691 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 15 November 2010

PASSMN November Meeting This Week

The PASS Summit has past and now it ‘s time to mention that the November PASSMN meeting is coming up this week.  If you’ve not registered now’s a great time to get your RSVP in.  We have Lara Rubbelke (blog | @SQLGal) coming in to talk about… Read more

0 comments, 180 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 15 November 2010

White Paper of Supportability Roadmaps

Last week, a new white paper was released that discusses supportability roadmaps for ISVs.  The white paper is Testing and Developing Supportability Roadmaps for Independent Software Vendor Applications

What a mouthful… aren’t you glad you aren’t working at an ISV?  Well, even if you aren’t I’d recommend reading… Read more

1 comments, 259 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 9 November 2010

PASSMN 2011 Board of Directors

For the third year in a row, we’ve had a blockbuster PASSMN Board of Directors election.  By that, I mean that we had five nominations for five open positions.  Again instead of an actual election, all of the nominees have automatically won the election.

Please help me to congratulate this… Read more

2 comments, 200 reads

Posted in StrateSQL on 5 November 2010

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