The PowerShell and XML Corollary

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I’ve just started watching The Big Bang Theory so I figured I’d borrow a naming convention from their episodes with this blog post. This is a quick post as the problem itself is small and doesn’t have an application (yet). A co-worker of mine was asked by a higher-up about possibly creating an in-house iPhone […]

SQLSaturday 31 Chicago: Recap

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Last weekend I had the distinguished pleasure of attending Chicago’s very first SQLSaturday event. Before I begin my recap I’d like to again give a HUGE thanks the organizers of the event: Wendy Pastrick (Blog | Twitter), Aaron Lowe (Blog | Twitter) and Ted Krueger (Blog | Twitter) as well as all of the awesome […]

SQL Server 2008 R2 Release Date: May 21 2010

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As expected, Brent “Master” Ozar (Blog | Twitter) already scooped the story, but it never hurts to help seed Boogle searches for “SQL Server 2008 R2 release date”. Well now it’s official: May 21, 2010. Recently I had the pleasure of going up to Microsoft for an R2 event with Donald Farmer (Blog | Twitter) […]

Creative Writing Pt II: Blogging

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In the first part of this week’s documentation series we covered documentation in the traditional sense. In today’s lesson we’re going to talk about a new avenue which many are using as a sort of documentation repository and that is the personal tech blog. Now I could use this lesson as an entire post on […]

PASS Board March Meeting Minutes Review

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Thanks to Andy Warren (Blog | Twitter) for keeping the community abreast of these things by blogging about their availability. That being said since the community clamored about transparency during the last elections I think it’s time we took advantage of that fact. My plan, and I propose if you write a SQL-centric blog you […]

TSQL Tuesday #005: Reports and Policy-Based Management

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It’s another month and so we have ourselves another T-SQL Tuesday event, this time hosted by Aaron Nelson (Blog | Twitter) with this month’s theme being Reporting. If you don’t know what T-SQL Tuesday is here’s a quick blurb from Aaron’s blog: You Don’t Know What T-SQL Tuesday Is Yet? Adam Machanic (Also on twitter […]

Creative Writing Week: Documentation

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First off, welcome back class! So this week we’re talking about writing. As a DBA or a developer you are going to be asked at some point to perform a necessary evil called documentation. Why is this evil? Well, it’s not really evil but it is not one of the more glamorous parts of the […]

Pro Server 2008 Policy-Based Management: It’s a Wrap!

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After months of deadlines, late night writing sessions, getting my ass handed to me by ADD and editors, and a loving wife pushing me to write some more the book is now done! A HUGE thank you to Ken Simmons for inviting Colin Stasiuk and myself to be a part of this project. Also huge […]

SQL University: School is Back in Session

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If you missed my recent Twitter announcement, SQL University’s next semester is going to start back up on Monday April 12th. This semester will start with Creative Writing week (aka Documentation). I’ll post the full semester’s schedule and topics shortly over on the main page. This semester I’m happy to say we have a lot […]

Forget NoSQL, I’m starting NoDEMO Movement!

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That’s right, NoDEMO baby. The NoSQL movement basically says data structure is a waste of your time*. Well you know what I say? I say demoes are a waste. If you come to see a speaker you’re not coming for the stuff on screen, it’s all about the speaker baby. So I propose the NoDemo […]