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Moving on but not far

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During my technical career, I’ve changed companies several times. I even worked as an independent contractor for three years. One thing I have never done before was switch departments and roles within one company. That’s about to change in a couple of weeks as I move from Simple Talk Editor and DevOps Advocate in Marketing […]

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2022-05-21

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What will convince you to upgrade?

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You’ve probably heard that SQL Server 2022 is on the way, and, assuming the name doesn’t change, it will be later this year. That is great news for folks in the data platform community as features and improvements they’ve been hoping for are added. I’m not currently supporting any production SQL Servers, but I’m still […]

2022-04-30

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Constant Azure Improvement

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This week I noticed a number of changes in the Azure platform from their change feed. Actually, every week has a crazy number of changes across the entire platform, but this week a number of these were related to data and databases. That isn't always the case, but I saw some interesting items. We have […]

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2022-04-16

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Document yourself out of a job

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Some organizations have policies in place to make sure that everything in their IT infrastructure is documented. There are runbooks, procedures, wikis, diagrams, charts, code comments, and more to make sure that knowledge is available if an employee leaves or when disaster strikes. Not only does the documentation exist, but it’s also organized and easy […]

2022-04-09

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SQLBits Report

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Last week I attended my first in-person event in over two years. SQLBits, the largest data platform conference in Europe, was a hybrid event and marked the first time many of us met in person in ages. It was a huge success as folks from around the world gathered to learn...and celebrate! I heard several […]

2022-03-19

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Please include your DDL

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I haven’t done it much the past few years, but I would answer some programming questions posted in forums back in the day. In the late 90s, I answered Visual Basic questions and eventually switched to SQL Server questions here on SQL Server Central as my career progressed. Answering questions not only assisted someone else, […]

2022-02-05

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T-SQL Requires the Right Approach

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Some of the most problematic T-SQL code I’ve seen over the years originated because the developer approached T-SQL with techniques more suitable for developing applications. I often saw these issues in my consulting days and always took the opportunity to teach the customer instead of only fixing the problems. One reason is that SQL is […]

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2022-01-15

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SQLServerCentral Editorial

Education to solve the tech skills shortage

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I’ve been teaching T-SQL to groups of students since 2014 at the non-profit LaunchCode in St. Louis. LaunchCode provides free tech training, paid apprenticeships, and career support to hundreds of people who have the ability and interest but not always the opportunity to land tech careers. For example, not having a college degree can eliminate […]

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2021-12-31

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