December 2020 calendar

2020 was certainly a year on the calendar

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

SQL Server 2008 R2 logo

T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #007: Summertime in the SQL

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

Glass Door Knob Circa 1931

T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #006: What about blob?

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?

chart

T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #005: Reporting

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

Setting yourself up for online streaming success, PASS Virtual Summit style

Last week I presented on three separate occasions during what is considered the biggest Microsoft Data Platform conference of the year, the PASS Summit: Full-day pre-conference session Speaker Idol panel discussion 75-minute general session On account of the COVID-19 global pandemic going on right now the conference went virtual, which meant a lot of new
-> Continue reading Setting yourself up for online streaming success, PASS Virtual Summit style

T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #004: I/O

Mike Walsh invited us on March 1st 2010 to write about I/O. This abbreviation stands for Input / Output, and is often used as shorthand for persisted storage. Given the breadth of the topic I decided to write about RAID levels, but I must state outright that RAID is not a backup. A Redundant Array
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #004: I/O

The rule of three, SQL Server on Linux edition

When it comes to Microsoft products, the rule of three — at least as far as I’m concerned — is where you can accomplish the same task in three different ways. The go-to example is Microsoft Word, where you can use the ribbon toolbar, a keyboard shortcut, or the context menu to perform the same
-> Continue reading The rule of three, SQL Server on Linux edition

friends

T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #003: Relationships

In my quest to respond to every T-SQL Tuesday since the dawn of the end of 2009, it was only a matter of time before Rob Farley’s name came up. I first met Rob at his 40th birthday party, many (many!) years ago at the PASS Summit. He of course has no recollection of this
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #003: Relationships