For the second T-SQL Tuesday ever — again, hosted by Adam Machanic — we were asked one of three options, and I elected to go… Read More »T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #002: A Puzzling Situation
This — like last week’s post — is not about SQL Server or Azure SQL Database. In a way, it hearkens back to a post I… Read More »A more considered approach to email signatures
This post looks at a curious data type that isn’t really a data type. Instead, sql_variant tries to be all things to all people. As… Read More »How SQL Server stores data types: sql_variant
[Content Warning: this post contains references to subjects that may trigger a trauma response. Read with caution.]
This is not a technical post. I was going to write about how SQL Server stores the
sql_variant data type this week, but something more important came up which involves almost 50% of the adult population worldwide, including me1As some of my readers know — especially if you read my article on SQL Server Central at the end of July 2020 — I am nonbinary, and it would be super convenient to hide behind that label when we have to talk about the behaviour of men. But I look like a man, I sound like a man, and I dress like a man. Unless I tell someone otherwise, the general perception is that I’m a man. For all intents and purposes in this discussion I’m including myself, and I’m calling out other men for their behaviour towards women..
Men, it’s 2020. We have to do better.
It’s hard enough to be a woman online, to exist in the public eye as a woman, to be constantly judged — even rated — according to a manufactured ideal of sex appeal that has no basis in biology or science. Add into that mix a woman who is in a technical field, science, biology, or chemistry, heck, even the arts, and the judgement is increased exponentially. How do I know? Women tell me. Believe women.
Two years ago I wrote a post that got a lot of traction in the comments at the time. Last month there was renewed interest… Read More »The final word on storage for DATETIME2
[Edited on 5 August 2021 with some pseudocode at the end.] This is not a post about SQL Server, but I need to write about… Read More »Using the Xero OAuth 2.0 API from a .NET Core console application
For the longest time PASS was known as the Professional Association for SQL Server, and made all of its money from a single event each year,… Read More »Finally, PASS is a proper association now
Recently I migrated my home lab from a SuperMicro SYS-E300-8D to something a little beefier. There were ten virtual machines on the SuperMicro server, nine… Read More »Managing virtual machine drives on ESXi
After being selected to present my full day pre-conference session at the Summit, I am very pleased to announce that I will also be presenting… Read More »I am speaking at the PASS Virtual Summit 2020
At last week’s presentation to the Edmonton SQL Server user group, I spoke at length about the many extensions that are available for Azure Data… Read More »These are the extensions I have installed on Azure Data Studio