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Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and SQL Server MVP with over a decade of experience. Tim is the principal of Tyleris Data Solutions and is a Linchpin People teammate. Tim has spoken at international, regional, and local venues including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, SQL Saturday events, and various user groups and webcasts. He is a board member at the North Texas SQL Server User Group in the Dallas area. Tim is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2. You can visit his website and blog at or follow him on Twitter at

Archives: May 2009

Book Review: Success Is A Choice

I just finished reading Success Is A Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life.  Written by Rick Pitino, a highly successful collegiate and professional basketball coach, this book was a good read in that it was well organized, eloquent, and included many stories from the author's own… Read more

1 comments, 856 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 28 May 2009

Give Us TRIM()!

If you're like me, you've probably typed in LTRIM(RTRIM([value])) hundreds, if not thousands, of times during your travels through SQL Server.  I've long wondered why there was no integrated function that would serve this purpose.

Pinal Dave (@pinaldave) has submitted an item on Microsoft Connect to suggest the… Read more

10 comments, 915 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 28 May 2009

Sometimes, code comments are informative and helpful

... and other times, they are stop-you-in-your-tracks funny.  Here's an example of the latter:  Read more

1 comments, 251 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 19 May 2009

The Windows 7 RC0 Experience

Over the past 2 days, I’ve gone full bore into Windows 7.  I’ve installed RC0 on 2 of my laptops, and so far I’m happy with the results.

The first installation was very quick and easy.  I had an unrecoverable operating system error on my XP installation, according to the… Read more

3 comments, 265 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 12 May 2009