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Jack Corbett
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For all those who have posted that they don't write due to fear of being wrong. The one article I have written did not have anything "wrong", but after submitting the article I found some things that I wish I had done differently in the code that went with the article. No one else mentioned it, and all the responses to the article were positive. I was actually disappointed that someone didn't post that there was a better way to do it! The article came out of something interesting I had learned and implemented at work using SSIS and I thought it might point some people in the right direction.

My point is on a site like SSC most people are true professionals and are more likely to add to your article than pick it apart. That, in itself, is reason enough to write an article, you may learn a better way to do what you are writing about.



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I agree with the others that I don't have anything great to add. But all of the articles you do submit have been very helpful. I appreciate the time you take to write an article that will help all of us get better at what we do.

As someone who has also written documentation, you are writing. To write something that another user can pick up and follow along and duplicate is a real feat. I always feel good when someone thanks me for explaining something very simply. I also write the documentation to help me. Things come up, I do them, but then I move onto something else and I forget what I did. The documentation helps me recreate what I did previously.

If it hasn't been said lately, thanks Steve for all you do on this site and helping all of us be better in our profession
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The first comment of the first article I submitted for SSC was complaining my grammar !!!
Actually that was not it, one time I had to write a report and when the tester tested it, the first thing she wrote was that my title of my report was grammatically wrong. She said the first alphabetic of each word of the title had to be capital letter except 'of', 'the' . I appreciated her help but I also felt it was humiliated. I forward her email to her boss, the project leader and my manager and said I needed to take an English writing class before I could do the project!!!
For all the documentations, I write it as simple as possible, most of the time I write it liked I write a program and as long as people understands and no one complains, I don't care. Chances are the one who read the documentation are programmers too, so they don't really care about the grammar.
I always say, if I am good at English, I would be a writer, a lawyer not a programmer.
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I'm basically just lazy.

I even have a good idea today - I wish I were a bit more motivated.
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Michael Earl (5/9/2008)
I'm basically just lazy.

I even have a good idea today - I wish I were a bit more motivated.


I'll take any ideas you aren't motivated enough to use!



Jack Corbett

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Wow - lots of good stuff!

For me, I write because of a passion for sharing knowledge (Phil Factor said this much more eloquently on page 1...).

I'm not good at writing but I'm getting better the more I do it. It's a skill that I struggle with, an art for which I lack the knack.

And errors? Goodness. If I didn't write for fear of errors I wouldn't ever write.

Like others, I write because I learned so much from reading the good work of others - I want to contribute to the knowledge of those behind me on this path. Also like others, I regularly pop my name and some topic into a search engine to find an article / post I wrote some time ago... because I need it now!

:{> Andy

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Actually, the real reason why I write is because... I can't remember stuff no mo'. Tongue

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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I wrote an article on CodeProject about a C# .Net windows application that I developed using Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) to read a schedule that is published in Excel and add the events as calendar entries in Microsoft Outlook. The Excel file is published by NASA for each Space Shuttle mission and it contains the schedule of events for the mission.

I published key portions of the code with an explanation of what the functions did, some cool stuff using regular expressions, and about some of the problems I encountered during the development of the program. Converting between time zones was challenging; .Net 2.0 could convert from local time to UTC and back, but not between Central Time and Eastern Time. I had to solve the problem of the transition period, when Daylight Saving Time ends in one time zone.

The CodeProject Article:
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/office/NasaTvSchedule.aspx
The Project Page for NASA Space Shuttle TV Schedule Transfer to Outlook Calendar
http://www.codeplex.com/NasaStsTvSchedule

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I'd love to write more (on numerous sites such as this one), but I cannot for 2 main reasons: (1) no free time; and (2) limited exposure to high level SQL stuff.

(1) My primary role at the place where I work is to code in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. At this point, my "backup" left to join another company and I have 2 rookies that I am trying to get trained. My backup didn't provide much assistance, but he could at least help get the 2 new people trained and relieve some of the workload from me.

(2) I have my MSCE and MCDBA, so I get pulled into IT projects from time to time, but I don't get to play around with the inner workings of SQL Server like I used to. I just don't think that the areas I am still very familiar with would be relevant here since there are people that get to spend much more time on the topics than I do.
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I write because I like to communicate in all its myriad forms. (I talk too much, write too much, heck, since I spent a summer with some Italians, I even gesticulate too much!)

I've submitted my first attempt at an article to Steve. Do I expect that it will revolutionize anything important? No. But I did find that I was having to write the same posts over and over again to different people all asking about the same subject, and decided to take all my posts on that subject and turn them into an article. Hopefully, that will be more efficient than continuing to write the same posts over and over again.

Basically, by noticing what gets asked a lot, I deduced there is a "market" for that article. It's really nothing more than an expansion, clarification, and consolidation, of multiple posts on one subject.

Hopefully someone will find it helpful. Even if not, writing it helped me focus my own thoughts on the subject.

I keep trying to write fiction, but I find that I have a lot of great ideas for settings and scenes, but nothing that ties together into a narrative story. I'll keep weaving some of the threads, on the hopes that one of them, one day, will be a garment. Till then (if), I do enjoy putting words together.

For those who worry about writing something and having others (perceived to be more expert) tear it apart and point out all the wrongnesses in it: Actually, that might be a good way to learn, wouldn't it? Might be bruising if you've put too much of your ego on the line with it, but having others review and critique really is a good way to learn.

What if you post an article about concatenating and splitting strings, and three people write better solutions in the comments on the article? Well, you risked being "wrong", and you found three better ways to do something that might actually be useful. You learned! That's my take on it. Just don't tie up your ego in the thing, don't be crushed by criticism.

(And now it's time for me to wander off into the sunset, pontificating about meaningless things, convinced that my compulsive pedantry may have served a noble cause....... (trust me on this one, now that I'm started, if I don't forcibly restrain myself, I'll never stop).) Smile

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