Archives: January 2013
I’m going to Nottingham, England, fabled home of Robin Hood, where I’m going to eat fish and chips and talk about SSIS. How’s that for tying seemingly unrelated topics together?
I’m happy to announce that I’ve been selected to deliver a full day of training at the upcoming SQLBits conference in Nottingham, England. This will be my first time taking part in SQLBits (in fact, it will be my first trip to the U.K.) and I’m very much looking forward… Read more
OK, I’m not really going to break it. I’m just going to beat it up a little bit.
Frequently I am asked how to properly use SQL Server Integration Services to handle ragged flat files, an example of which is shown below. In this small sample file, you can see that we are dealing with medical data that has an inconsistent format. As shown, the rows in the… Read more
With the year 2012 now in the rear view mirror, and while I’m still in the midst of my holiday vacation (two whole weeks! Feels very strange…) , I thought I’d take stock of my tasks and accomplishments of the past year.
I must sound like a broken… Read more
Do your civic duty, and vote today!
Voting is now open for SQLBits, to be held in Nottingham, UK this May. This event is probably the best-known SQL Server event outside of the US, and unlike most other such events, they use a popular-vote model for general session selection. I’ve… Read more
For at least a year, I’ve been considering changing blog platforms. I set up my blog on TimMitchell.net using BlogEngine.NET several years back, a decision I made based primarily on the fact that this tool was built on ASP.NET and SQL Server as opposed to the LAMP platform used by… Read more
I received notification that I have received the Microsoft MVP award for 2013, my fourth consecutive year to receive this distinction.
As always, I am grateful to my friends at Microsoft, the MVP program in particular, as well as my many friends and acquaintances in the SQL Server community. It’s… Read more