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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 TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Tim_Mitchell.

Archives: August 2009

Pass Board of Directors

As you’ve no doubt heard or read, the call for nominations for the PASS Board of Directors is open until September 3.  If you’re active in the community, have leadership skills, and are committed to growing the SQL Server community, a position on the board may be right for you. … Read more

2 comments, 138 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 27 August 2009

A New Identity

Well, perhaps not a whole new identity, just a consolidation of multiple facets of my online persona.  For several years now, I’ve maintained a personal website (www.timmitchell.net) and a professional website (www.bucketofbits.com).  The personal site, an old Community Server install, consisted of a neglected personal blog… Read more

1 comments, 163 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 23 August 2009

The Netbook: 40 Days In

I wrote last month about purchasing a new Toshiba netbook to supplement my mobile computing arsenal.  Forty days later, I’m still quite happy with the purchase, and have gotten as much out of this unit as I had hoped.

My biggest surprise was battery life.  It was rated at 9… Read more

3 comments, 194 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 22 August 2009

SQL Lunch

Baton Rouge SQL Server group leader and recent SQL Saturday host Patrick LeBlanc is putting together a new learning series.  Starting in September, the SQL Lunch series will commence, providing brief (30 minutes or so) online presentations on various SQL Server-related topics. 

I am currently scheduled to present at the… Read more

2 comments, 167 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 21 August 2009

Don’t Use USE (in SSIS, at least)

I ran into a situation this week that brought to light a subtle syntactical error I’d made in creating an SSIS package.  I’ve got a client that has given me access to their development server to create some complex extraction queries, which will eventually be rolled into SSIS packages.  Since… Read more

2 comments, 189 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 19 August 2009

NTSSUG Meeting on Thursday: Brian Knight

The North Texas SQL Server User Group (NTSSUG) monthly meeting will be held this Thursday, August 20th, at the Microsoft campus in Irving.  The speaker for the evening will be my friend Brian Knight, a well-known author, co-founder of SQLServerCentral.com, and principal of Pragmatic Works.  He’ll be… Read more

0 comments, 196 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 17 August 2009

SSIS Documentation suggestions on Microsoft Connect

For SSIS developers, the need for proper documentation is crucial.  However, the built-in object for documentation, the annotation, is difficult to use.  It doesn’t wrap text, doesn’t support varying font styles in a single instance, and doesn’t offer spell checking.  Further, all annotations are “at large” and are not attached… Read more

5 comments, 414 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 15 August 2009

Getting Into The Biz, Part 2

In a previous blog post, I began writing about how one might start a career as a database professional, and agreed to share my own experience in doing so.  Since every person and every situation is different, I don’t declare my experience to be a recipe for success, but… Read more

2 comments, 135 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 13 August 2009

SQL Saturday Baton Rouge – Session Evaluations

I received my evaluation summary from the SQL Saturday event in Baton Rouge earlier this month.  This was the first event in which I did more than just one session (and back-to-back sessions at that), and I’d just gotten over the flu as well, so I was a little nervous… Read more

3 comments, 190 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 12 August 2009

Social Networking: Where Do I Start?

In a blog post a few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking in the SQL Server community.  I was inspired by being witness to a colleague posting on Twitter about being unexpectedly and suddenly thrust into the open market of looking for a job.  His network responded immediately, rebroadcasting… Read more

1 comments, 259 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 10 August 2009

SQL Saturday Baton Rouge Downloads

I’ve published my materials from both of my sessions from SQL Saturday Baton Rouge on August 1.  You can find the slide deck and code samples from my website, under the “Conference Publications” header. Read more

0 comments, 193 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 8 August 2009

SQL Bloggers, Make Yourself Known

Are you an active SQL Server blogger?  Do you blog regularly about the greatest database technology available?  If so, you should join the newest group on LinkedIn specifically for SQL Server bloggers.  A subgroup of the PASS LinkedIn group, this directory intends to maintain an up-to-date listing for SQL Server-related… Read more

3 comments, 127 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 4 August 2009

SQL Saturday Baton Rouge – Recap

After a long weekend of travel and speaking, I’m finally able to put my feet up and get a little time to catch up on things.  This weekend I travelled to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to speak at SQL Saturday 17, and was pleased with how well everything was… Read more

2 comments, 213 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 3 August 2009