T-SQL Tuesday #102 Wrap-Up

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By Riley Major, 2018-05-15.

Last week I asked the Microsoft data professional community to give back… and you did. We generated 29 blog articles with inspiring stories of past contributions, advice to those beginning their journey, and plans to do more. A recurring theme was how helping others ultimately helps you– with both personal growth and professional recognition. My overarching goal was to get more people doing more things for the community. I hope the tales and goals shared this month provide the motivation for more action and continued growth of our community. Continue reading

Giving Back (T-SQL Tuesday #102 Invite)

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By Riley Major, 2018-05-01.

A few months ago Ewald Cress asked you to share stories about people who have made a difference in your professional life. Dozens of you wrote about who impressed you, inspired you, taught you, helped you, and guided you. It’s a testament to the Microsoft data community that so many were recognized by so many– that we have those willing to give of their time and those who are publicly appreciative of it.

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Olson 9th Floor Entryway

JavaScriptMN Meetup on Web Accessibility

By Riley Major, 2018-04-26.

I attended the JavaScriptMN Meetup last night (video). Due perhaps to the larger attendance, it was on the 9th floor of the Olson building rather than the more common 6th floor meeting space. After plugs for sponsors Twilio, TrackJS, and FrontEnd Masters, Kelly Heikkila and Aaron Cannon from Accessible360 gave the main presentation on A Pragmatic Developer’s Approach to Digital Accessibility.

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Indexed Collective Memory

One of the many benefits of modern search engines is how they index our collective memory. Historically, if you remembered bits and pieces of information about something, to find out more, you’d have to ask around to learn more about the thing– like it’s actual name. A few examples stick out in my mind.

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T-SQL Tools

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By Riley Major, 2018-04-10

For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, Jens Vestergaard asks us to write about our essential SQL Server tools.

I must admit that Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is where I spend most of my development time. I haven’t tried the cool kids’ new SQL Operations Studio. And I haven’t spent much time with SQL Server Data Tools. But Microsoft has come a long way from Enterprise Manager and Query Analyzer and honestly from a feature perspective, SSMS is fine.

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NDC Minnesota Micro 2018

By Riley Major, 2018-04-04.

NDC has been “inspiring software developers since 2008”. Based in Norway, they host large conferences in Oslo, London, Sydney and for the first time this year, Minnesota. To introduce the Twin Cities to their conferences, they hosted a “micro” conference at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on Thursday evening, March 29, 2018.

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PASSMN 2018 Board

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By Riley Major, 2018-03-30

Back in October, after a successful SQLSaturday, the PASSMN board requested applicants to fill the positions of Jim Horn, Cecil Spivey, and Eric Zierdt who were each finishing the second year of their two-year terms. (Jim Horn stepped down a little early on 2017-10-11, but other board members fulfilled his duties for the remainder of his term.) We began planning for the election we avoided last year.

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PASSMN 2017 User Group Survey Results

By Riley Major, 2018-03-30.

Survey Responses

Graph of PASSMN User Group Survey responses showing 31 on 3/6, 4 on 3/7, then a few more.

About a year ago, the PASSMN SQL Server User Group published two surveys– one about the user group in general and one specific to SQLSaturday. We reviewed the results of our SQLSaturday survey a few months ago and now address the responses to the more general group survey. Almost all of our 49 responses came within a few days of our initial email blast.

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Machine Learning in SQL Server

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By Riley Major, 2018-03-13

These days, most business logic is still built by subject matter experts. Humans explore their habits and instincts and try to come up with a process which business analysts turn into an algorithm which developers turn into code. That’s expensive, time consuming, and is all based on the presumption that computers need to be told what to do.

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