Matt Gordon hosts this month’s T-SQL Tuesday and asks us to write about how we’ve used a new capability of the SQL Server ecosystem to solve an old problem. At first blush, this seems like a good way to show concrete benefits to abstract new concepts. But I wonder if it sets the bar too high. Continue reading
I have to admit, I’ve been pleased with the developments with SQL Server 2016. In addition to all of the new features, they brought SQL Server to Linux and with SP1 they opened all the goodies up to Standard Edition. So when Brent Ozar asked us to scour Microsoft Connect for even more improvements for T-SQL Tuesday #86 (#tsql2sday), I wondered if we wouldn’t tempt fate. But as IT folks we love to complain about our tools, so here goes. Continue reading
“When are we going to see you up there?” Mark Vaillancourt had just finished presenting DANGER: The Art and Science of Presenting at SQL Saturday #238. He and Mike Donnelly had put the question to me as they were packing up. I demurred; surely that was best left to experts like them. They persisted, noting how I was always at our user group meetings and how a novice viewpoint was often more helpful for beginners. Being an audience member was one thing, I protested, and speaking was quite another. They kept on the offensive but I managed to slink away without any firm commitments. Nonetheless, they’d struck a chord. Continue reading
After the dust has settled from our national brouhaha, the PASSMN SQL Server community will hold elections for 3 of its 6 board positions. Paul Timmerman (Board Chair), Jim Dorame (Director of Program Development), and Riley Major (Director of Technology) are ending their 2-year terms. Cecil Spivey (Director of Membership / Treasurer), Eric Zierdt (Director of Corporate Development), and Jim Horn (Director of SQL Saturday) will stay on to finish the second year of their terms. Continue reading
You know how every web site has a quick, inspirational video with energizing music, quick takes, and talking heads? Scale that up to over an hour where the product is the Minnesota technology community itself and that’s DocuMNtary. It’s an appropriate analogy because filmmaker Nick Roseth said the project was all about “scaling inspiration.” Continue reading
Earlier this year Stuart Ainsworth wrote about some controversy over speaker selection for the PASS Summit. He lamented the “lack of a repeatable objective tool for speaker evaluations”. His solution was SpeakerRate.com.
I have also been dismayed by the paper slips used by the SQL community. As technology and data professionals, we really ought to have a database of speaker evaluations. Continue reading