The call for speakers is open for the 2011 PASS Summit, being held in Seattle this year Oct 11-14. It’s your chance to be a star, go to the big show, etc, etc. Seriously, it’s a lot of fun to present to a paying audience, and it looks great on your resume. Of course, the […]Read more "PASS Summit Call For Speakers Is Open"
Can it really be less than 30 days to the first SQLRally? As I look back it seems like a very long journey and now that we’re close, the remaining time seems to be going by very quickly. I met with Jack Corbett on Friday to review the volunteer list and discuss plans for the […]Read more "SQLRally 2011 Update"
SQLSaturday #74! I’ll be doing my presentation on professional development at 9 am on April 30th, and then I’ll be there the rest of the day learning and meeting some new people. It’s at the same location as in previous years, the University of North Florida. Great location, great parking. If you’re near Jacksonville hope […]Read more "Join Me at SQLSaturday #74 in Jacksonville"
I’ll be finishing up part three of my informal and fast paced overview of performance tuning concepts tonight for the MagicPASS group, held in Celebration. Local speaker and friend Mike Antonovich will be doing the feature presentation on Powerpivot. All the details at http://magicpass.sqlpass.org/.Read more "Presenting at MagicPASS Tonight"
Identity columns (automatically incrementing numbers) are fairly common in SQL Server, having the merit of simplicity and pretty good performance. As such they are often used as primary keys, and that’s fine too (unless you subscribe to natural keys at all costs). But, they aren’t automatically primary keys. If you want it to be the […]Read more "Identity Columns Aren’t Automatically Primary Keys"
I recently spent some time tutoring two Oracle DBA’s on SQL Server so that they would be able to do some crossover work with their SQL Server team. I think a smart move on the part of their employer to invest in the training, as a DBA is a DBA. They know the concepts, they […]Read more "Oracle & SQL Server, And a DBA is a DBA"
Today Steve Jones & I are launching a new project called The Mentoring Experiment, an attempt to see if we can promote and accelerate mentoring. We’re starting with a focus on SQL Server professionals because we have a strong network and we know the business, but we definitely have interest in seeing if it could […]Read more "The Mentoring Experiment"