Gatekeeping and why language matters

This is the second in a series of posts about gatekeeping in Information Technology and other fields. Negative terminology The language we use matters. In the first post I wrote that a number of words we use by convention need to be phased out, especially if they have negative connotations. I used Michele’s example of
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All the signs were there, but we didn’t understand them: an essay on gatekeeping in IT

This is the first in a series of posts about gatekeeping in Information Technology and other fields. I am not the first — nor will I be the last — to say that the terminology we use in the technology sphere is problematic. Language and gender bias Let’s look at several tweets collected in the
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The third time’s the charm

Thank you to Microsoft for awarding me a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for the third time in a row. Unlike previous posts on this topic, I have very little to say except “thank you.” It’s been an interesting year, and I’m grateful to everyone I’ve had the privilege to work with and speak to. Onward!

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Speaking at PASS Summit 2019

I am delighted to announce that I have been selected to speak at the largest Microsoft Data Platform conference in the world, PASS Summit 2019, in Seattle WA, USA. As our database community has extended beyond SQL Server into Azure and other platforms, there’s a lot to take in over the course of three days
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SQL Saturday 840 in Edmonton next weekend

As I mentioned last month, I will be speaking at SQL Saturday in Edmonton Alberta next weekend. I have been selected to speak for three separate sessions, on the following topics: 10:45 Managing and monitoring SQL Server on Linux from the command line This session will focus on installing, managing and monitoring SQL Server on
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Using a home-grown Azure Blob Storage solution for SQL Server backups

I’m here for the small organizations, the shops that can’t afford expensive solutions to maintain their environments. I’m here for them because that’s me: the one-person consultancy. I’ve built stuff that’s useful to me, and then made it available for free on GitHub. My first SQL Saturday session, way back in 2015, was the public
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The free SQL to Excel Export tool

Earlier this month I released a new, free tool to export SQL Server query data to Excel files without needing Excel. It also installs stored procedures and runs them, if that’s what you desire. Go ahead and play with it. I’ll wait. There was some positive interest on Twitter, for which I am very grateful, and
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Canadian SQL Saturday speaking events

I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at two separate SQL Saturdays in March and April of this year. The first event is in Victoria (the capital city of British Columbia, located on Vancouver Island), and the second is in Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta. I will be presenting the same
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Speaking at SQLBits in March 2019

I have been selected to speak for a second time at SQLBits, which is being hosted in Manchester UK this year from 27 February to 2 March 2019. My session is called An overview of SQL Server 2019 for the busy DBA / developer. Here is the abstract: SQL Server 2019 is a major new
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