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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re straight, white, male, and English-speaking. There’s also a high likelihood that you live in the United States. The technology industry seems to be thick with this stereotype, but as I mentioned in a series of posts about gatekeeping, if we only listen to (or read) white
-> Continue reading It’s 2021, so why are you reading this?
I recently wrote about how I teach, in response to a T-SQL Tuesday post from 2010. This is a continuation of that theme, suggested by my own editor. Thanks, Pete. “Tricks to get your mojo on.” Describing your rituals and tricks to get you into a writing frame of mind, or a developing frame of
-> Continue reading A blog post about writing blog posts
Microsoft announced updates today for all supported versions of SQL Server, for a privilege escalation vulnerability that leverages Extended Events. For security reasons no further details have been provided, but you can expect more information in the near future, now that this update is public. From the knowledge base article: Data can be sent over a
-> Continue reading Security update for all supported versions of SQL Server (CVE-2021-1636)
To view posts about previous T-SQL Tuesday entries, please use this tag. The late, great, Robert Davis invited us on Independence Day 2010 to write about Gettin’ Schooled: We return to our days of youth to take a fresh look at learning. How do you learn? How do you teach? What are you learning or
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #008: Gettin’ Schooled
According to my blog post schedule, this is the final post of the year. It’s nothing more than a coincidence, but making it through the worst year in living memory could also be considered a sign. While it’s true that calendars are arbitrary, Western tradition says this is the end of one more cycle, so let’s
-> Continue reading 2020 was certainly a year on the calendar
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it
-> Continue reading Goodbye PASS
In 2018 I started a new user group called the Calgary Data User Group, and hosted one session called “The Ethics of Machine Learning.” It was well-attended and its format of a discussion group (as opposed to a regular slide show with demos) was well-received. At the end of 2019, the founder of the Calgary
-> Continue reading Announcing the Calgary Data User Group
This is the seventh post in my retrospective attempt to answer every T-SQL Tuesday invitation. In the beginning of June 2010, Jorge Segarra invited us to write about our favourite hot new feature in SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2. For me, this would be the introduction of the DATE, TIME, and DATETIME2 data types
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #007: Summertime in the SQL
I am revisiting old T-SQL Tuesday invitations from the very beginning of the project. On May 3, 2010, Michael Coles invited us to write about how we use LOB data, so now you know what this week’s post is about. Let’s go over some definitions and complain a little, because that’s how cranky data professionals
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #006: What about blob?
A few weeks ago, I began answering every single T-SQL Tuesday from the beginning. This week it’s the fifth entry, and on April 5th, 2010, Aaron Nelson invited us to write about reporting. You can visit the previous entries here: T-SQL Tuesday #001 – Date/Time Tricks T-SQL Tuesday #002 – A Puzzling Situation T-SQL Tuesday
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #005: Reporting