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Archives: April 2010

SQLSaturday #41 - Atlanta Session Recap

Last Saturday, April 24, I presented my session, Why I Use Stored Procedures and You Should Too, at SQLSaturday #41-Atlanta, see my event summary here.  My session was in the last block of the day, which at this event was at 4:45PM, so it was a long day for attendees,…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 29 April 2010

SQLSaturday #41 – Atlanta Recap

I had the opportunity to go present at SQLSaturday #41-Atlanta this past weekend (April 24, 2010) and I had a great time. Stuart Ainsworth (@stuarta) and crew did a great job putting together the event and as a presenter/attendee I would say that everything ran very smoothly.

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 27 April 2010

OPASS is pleased to announce - SQLSaturday #49 - Orlando October 16th. Get it on your calendar now.

SQLSaturday #49 - Orlando is now live on the SQLSaturday web site.  It will be held on October 16th at Seminole State College, Lake Mary Campus.  This is #4 for Orlando and the #3 held at the Seminole State College, Lake Mary Campus.  We've had about 250 attendees at… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 22 April 2010

Presenting at SQLSaturday #41 – Atlanta

I have the privilege of being able to attend and present at SQLSaturday #41 – Atlanta this weekend.  This will be my first SQLSaturday outside of Florida and the first time I will have presented outside of Florida.  I’m looking forward to seeing many “old” friends and making even more… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 21 April 2010

Growing PASS Step One - Communication

My History with PASS

Over the last two years I have become more involved in the SQL Server community through attending local user groups (OPASS), forum participation, blogging, SQLSaturday attendance, and attending my first PASS Summit last fall.  As part of my blogging I've been fairly outspoken about… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 20 April 2010

Checklist for having a Remote Presenter at your User Group

After having a bit of a tough time in the April OPASS meeting (read about it here), due to not having a checklist, here is my newly minted checklist for hosting a remote presenter.  Let me know what you think.

  1. Make sure you have the meeting setup correctly in…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 15 April 2010

OPASS April Meeting Recap

Well, we had our April meeting on Tuesday the 13th.  Let's just say it wasn't our most successful meeting, and as the leader, I have to take the responsibility.  Yet, there are still things that went well.  Let's address the issues we encountered first:

Problem 1

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 14 April 2010

T-SQL Tuesday #005 – Don’t Send a Blank Report from a Report Subscription

Aaron Nelson (@SqlVariant) is hosting this month’s T-SQL Tuesday (#tsql2sday) and his topic is reporting.

One of the frustrations I have had and seen with Reporting Services subscriptions, especially when using non-enterprise edition, is that there is no built-in way to specify that a report… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 13 April 2010

April OPASS Meeting Featuring Joe Webb

Tomorrow night, April 13th, at 6pm we will be having our April OPASS meeting, sponsored by Veredus Orlando with Joe Webb (@JoeWebb) as our featured speaker.  Joe's topic will be Creating Data-Driven Subscriptions in SQL Server Reporting Services.  Joe is an experienced presenter and, from my experience, does… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 12 April 2010

SQLSaturday Orlando 2010 - The Planning Begins

Believe it or not, it's already time to start planning for Orlando's next SQLSaturdayAndy Warren and I had our first planning call yesterday, he had spoken with Kendal Van Dyke at the Orlando Code Camp, and this year we have divided the labor differently than last year, mainly… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 7 April 2010

PASS, Microsoft, and Certification

Steve Jones’ (@way0utwest) recent SQLServerCentral editorial, The Missing Certification, has spawned a vigorous debate about what the missing certification should be, not whether or not there is a one missing.  Sure, there has been some discussion about the value, or lack thereof, of current Microsoft SQL… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 1 April 2010