Ladies and gentlemen, we have a list of the finalists! Head on over to vote now.
Gail Shaw - Gail Shaw's SQL Server Howlers
David Peter Hansen - When does SQL Server partition split move data?
Aaron Bertrand - Readable Secondaries on a Budget
Jeff Moden - Hierarchies on Steroids #1: Convert an Adjacency List to Nested Sets
Rob Sewell - PowerShell Snippets A Great Learning Tool
Pinal Dave - http://blog.sqlauthority.com/
Paul Randal - http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/
Thomas LaRock - http://thomaslarock.com
Brent Ozar - www.brentozar.com/blog
Koen Verbeeck - http://blogs.lessthandot.com/index.php/author/koenverbeeck/
Rimma Nehme, PASS Summit 2014, Keynote on cloud
Mladen Prajdic - SQL Server and Application Security for Developers - PASS Summit 2014
Steph Locke - Introduction to R (SQL Relay & SQLBits)
Niko Neugebauer – ETL Patterns with Clustered Columnstore – PASS Summit 2014
Alex Whittles - Using PowerPivot and DAX to predict and win Fantasy F1 (SQLRelay)
Beyond the Call of Duty
Best New Community Voice
Luan Moreno Medeiros Maciel
Best New Book
Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration - Adam Jorgensen, Bradley Ball, Steven Wort, Ross LoForte, Brian Knight
SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP Inside the SQL Server 2014 Hekaton Engine – Kalen Delaney
SQL Server 2014 Query Tuning & Optimization by Benjamin Nevarez
SQL Server Query Performance Tuning 4th Edition by Grant Fritchey
SQL Server Source Control Basics by Rob Sheldon, Rob Richardson, and Tony Davis
Best Free PowerShell Script
CentralDB – CrazyDBA
Scanning errorlog – Allen White http://sqlblog.com/blogs/allen_white/archive/2012/09/25/scanning-the-error-log-with-powershell.aspx
Growing Log Files - Mike Fal http://www.mikefal.net/2014/12/04/growing-log-files-responsibly/
DBCC Memory Status – Tim Chapman http://blogs.msdn.com/b/timchapman/archive/2012/08/16/how-to-parse-dbcc-memorystatus-via-powershell.aspx
SQLPSX - Chad Miller, Mike Shepard, Laerte Junior, Steve Murawski, Bernd Kriszio, Max Trinidad http://sqlpsx.codeplex.com/
Best Twitter Account
James Rowland Jones, SteamPunk (second from the left) http://ozar.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Costumes-2.jpg
Andrea Allred, Princess https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1tSY4cCAAA8pJn.jpg:large
Bob Pusateri, a Village Person - http://asylumphotography.smugmug.com/PassPictures/Pass-Summit-2014/45772217_rHhcPM#!i=3701215092&k=5PkcdvX&lb=1&s=A
Argenis Fernadez -Rainbow Unicorn https://twitter.com/SQLSnark/status/530782685938319362/photo/1
Steve Jones - Rainbow legwarmers http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Images/24462.png
The winner of each category will not only receive their own CUSTOM trophy (ho ho yes, we go the extra mile), but there is a prize to each winner as well. So, what will our winners win?
Best Free PowerShell Script - In honor of you making your script free, we’re giving you money. Well, the closest thing to money, an amazon gift certificate
Best User Group – Everyone who attends the next meeting gets a book from our library!
Best New Book about SQL – Even writers sometimes like to read, so we’ll send you a new book of your choice.
Best Outfit – We’d like to help with your outfit, if there’s an accessory we can add, we’ll get it for you (within reason).
Article that saved my bacon – Bacon jam.
Beyond the call of duty – a Backpack of Holding or Handbag of Holding, whichever you prefer.
Best Twitter Account – A very special T-Shirt
Best Presentation at a Conference – A sparkling new remote
Best New Community Voice – A free license of a Red Gate tool
Blog of the Year – Some Etip gloves, so you can keep writing even when the heat goes off!
Person you’d most like to have as a Mentor – Let’s face it, being Fantasy-Mentor level famous is hard, so you probably like a drink now and again. So the prize is a nice corkscrew set. If nothing else, it’s good for a re-gift.