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I’m Speaking at SQLSaturday #156–Providence

I’m excited to be back on the speaking circuit.  I was able to attend SQLSaturday #122 – Louisville thanks to Idera and the ACE program.

Now I’m on the schedule for SQLSaturday #156 – Providence.  I’ll be presenting Transitioning from SQL Trace to Extended Events.  This has been a… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 22 August 2012


Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything.  I have lots of excuses for not writing, but none of them are rally valid.  There are 2 real reasons for why I haven’t been writing:

  1. Writing is hard work for me and I wanted to be lazy. 
  2. I don’t want the…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 17 August 2012

OT: Goodbye Dad

This is a bit of ramble.

At about 2:15AM November 21st, 2011 my dad, Arthur Corbett, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I got the call from my mom at about 2:25am. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know that this…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 21 November 2011

Me an MVP? It Really Happened

Yes, I was named a SQL Server MVP the most recent round of awards.  I honestly can’t believe it.  It is a great honor to have been recognized for the things I’ve done in the SQL Server community.  This isn’t the reason I participate, but it is exciting to have… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 4 October 2011

PASS SQLRally Orlando–We took the Checkered Flag

We did it!  SQLRally happened and, from everything I heard, it was a success!  That’s not to say that there weren’t some glitches and lessons learned, but we accomplished our goals:

  1. Provide a low-cost, high-quality regional training event
  2. Fill the space between SQLSaturday and the PASS Summit
  3. Provide a taste…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 17 May 2011

PASS SQLRally is Next Week!

It’s hard to believe, but after months of planning and hard work, PASS SQLRally is next week!  I admit that, as one of the planners, I may be biased, but I think we’ve put together an exciting event.

Here’s a quick overview of the week:


Early arrivers can kick… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 2 May 2011

Have You Heard? You Can Get a Mentor

Steve Jones and Andy Warren are at it again.  The founders of SQLServerCentral, SQLShare, and SQLSaturday have started a new program, The Mentoring Experiment, to try to match professionals (SQL Server only to start), with a more experienced professional as a mentor.  One of their goals is… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 28 April 2011

PASS SQLRally–Thoughts from an Organizer

There have been lots of blog posts about PASS SQLRally (Bing Search), but there haven’t been a lot recently from the organizers.  As today (April 12th) is the last day for the discounted $299 price I thought it would be good to talk about why I think… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 12 April 2011

SqlSaturday #71–Boston Recap: An Upscale Saturday

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at SQLSaturday #71 – Boston on April 2nd.  Adam Machanic (Blog|Twitter), Mike Walsh (Blog|Twitter), Tom LaRock (Blog|Twitter), Grant Fritchey (Blog|Twitter) and crew did a great job… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 4 April 2011

Come on Out to OPASS

Tonight is the March OPASS meeting.  You should come on out, it’s always a great time.  Note our new location and be sure to RSVP so we can have food for you.  Don’t forget to bring your resume as Signature Consultants, LLC will be there as out local sponsor. 

Here’s… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 8 March 2011

Upcoming Engagements

I haven’t been blogging lately because I’ve been busy tweaking my resume, working on PASS SQLRally, serving at church, and spending time with my family.  Things aren’t going to be slowing down anytime soon, but I wanted to let those who do read this blog know that I’m… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 7 March 2011

February OPASS Meeting

Don’t forget to join us tonight for the OPASS meeting sponsored by RedGate and Signature Consultants.

Event Date/Time: Tuesday February 8th @ 6:00 PM
Location: Hampton Inn
850 Village Oak Lane
Lake Mary
Map/Directions: Bing Map to Event Location
Speaker Bio: Brian Knight

Brian Knight, SQL Server MVP,…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 8 February 2011

SQLSaturday #62–Tampa Recap

I had the privilege of attending and speaking at SQLSaturday #62 – Tampa the weekend of January 15th and this is my belated recap post of what I did for the weekend.

I headed to Tampa from Sanford on Thursday afternoon as I was attending Denny Cherry’s (Twitter)… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 7 February 2011

January OPASS Meeting Recap

On January 20th OPASS was pleased to have had Kevin Kline (Blog|Twitter) from our sponsor, Quest, present 10 Things Every Developer should know.  This was the first regular OPASS meeting to take place at the Hampton Inn in Lake Mary instead of the SQLShare offices… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 4 February 2011

Time’s Makin’ Changes

Some History

Almost exactly 6 years I ago my wife and I decided to apply to be missionaries with New Tribes Mission.  We decided at that time to pursue what NTM calls Associate missionaries which allowed us to serve with NTM for 1-4 years.  In May of 2005 our… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 3 February 2011

PASS SQLRally Professional Development Vote Done and the Development Track Vote is open

Congratulations to the winners in the Professional Development Track Vote for PASS SQLRally.  You can see the winners at

Now the voting is open for the Database & Application Development Track.  The various links you need are:

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 18 January 2011

January OPASS Meeting

January’s OPASS meeting will be held this Thursday, January 20th at 6pm.  We will be meeting at the Hampton Inn, 850 Village Oak Lane, Lake Mary.

SQL Server MVP and author Kevin Kline (Blog|Twitter) will be speaking on Ten Things Every Developer Should Know.

We’ll have… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 18 January 2011

Speaking at SQLSaturday #62–Tampa

I’ll be speaking at SQLSaturday #62 – Tampa this Saturday, January 15th.  I’ll be presenting:

Why I Use Stored Procedures

With the proliferation of ORM tools like Entity Framework, nHibernate, and Linq to SQL, many projects have decided that stored procedures are not needed and slow down development. While these…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 10 January 2011

Fun with a String

I recently had a friend contact me recently to ask for some help with TSQL.  The basic issue is that he had 2 tables.  Table 1 has numeric key values which are contained within a character column in Table 2 which is also in another database on the same server. … Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 6 January 2011

Who Should Vote for PASS SQLRally Sessions

Adam Machanic (@AdamMachanic) asked on Twitter if people who aren’t planning on attending PASS SQLRally  should still vote for sessions on the schedule.

My answer is a resounding “Yes!”.  If you are a PASS member, it’s free so you should be, you should vote.  It was pointed… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 5 January 2011

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