The School Year

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    Ralph Hightower (8/2/2013)

    I'm anxious to see The Masters in person. My wife and I used to visit her father and step-mom on The Masters weekends and watch it with them.

    The Masters is such a visually stunning course on TV and on the web that I can't imagine what it looks like in person.

    On photography, I am still using my Canon A-1 camera that I bought new 33 years ago. I have gotten my money's worth from the camera and it still works.

    My father has Nikon that's about the same age. His still works too, but he made the switch to digital.

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  • Revenant


    Points: 42467

    I hope to get to the bottom of regular expressions.

  • Ralph Hightower


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    Revenant (8/2/2013)

    I hope to get to the bottom of regular expressions.

    Regular expressions are a powerful tool. I suggest the free Windows application, Expresso from It allows you to test regular expressions.

    I've used regular expressions at work and also for my personal applications. I have a write-up of a personal project and it has a brief mention of using regular expressions:

  • Sean Lange

    SSC Guru

    Points: 286536

    As Fall approaches, and with it cooler temperatures, I plan to cut back into my sawdust therapy. I spend many evenings and weekends in shop. It is very soothing and comforting to work with your hands after a long week of working with your brain. My oldest son (just turned 8) is really starting to take an interest in my woodworking hobby with me. It is lots of fun to teach him how to work with tools safely.


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  • Kumar Arumugam


    Points: 1758

    Planning to learn Business Objects and Data profiling.

    There's always something one can learn.

  • aochss


    Points: 1677

    Non Tech Side: Our "New Horizons" band is getting back together this fall. Getting the trombone out again.

    Tech Side (SQL): Doing C# at work for the last year or so. I would like to speed on all of the "newer" features of SQL since 2008. Especially on the T-SQL side (CTE, Pivots, DMVs, etc). The QotD are showing me that I am a bit behind. Also learn more of the SSIS side of things.

    Tech Side (Non SQL): I would like to learn more about design patterns (MVC, MVVM, etc.).


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    Tim Shay (8/1/2013)

    Guitar. This season I hope to learn something outside the world of keys and indices. I've always found learning that doesn't seem to relate to work to unclog those neural pathways that work is trying to use, while giving me a glimpse of how things out in the real world interact.

    I should do more here. I am inconsistent, picking up pieces of songs at times. I have gotten some lessons from Marty Schwarz, which I've enjoyed.

  • HildaJ

    SSCarpal Tunnel

    Points: 4457

    This article is right on, technology keeps moving it's like time, it doesn't wait for anyone it's in constanst move. I finished my last class this summer before I get my MBA and I'm exhusted. I took the rest of the summer off and I'm going through different sources to figure out what's next. I don't think I want to get another degree but definetely a MS Certification. Besides on keeping up with whatever I do on a daily basis here, some days are hard to remember, and to read, read and read more on anything related to DBA I'd like to learn how to play the piano. A friend of a friend moved and I ended up with a nice looking piano, needs tunning they said but my ears doesn't seems to thinks so at least not yet. I thought it would be good for the kids but someone has to help them learn right, so I think I'm the volunteer for that. Wish me luck and if you know of any basic how to learn to play piano let me know, I need all the help I can get.

  • SKW4


    Points: 9

    As a programmer getting back into the industry after a long absence, SSC has been an invaluable resource for learning in the past year and a half. Now that I can take a small breath, I am planning on some Java and Powershell to add to my tool kit. Inspiring editorial!

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