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Welcome to the Azure Data Community, empowered by Microsoft

After the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) unceremoniously closed down in January this year and its video library & brand names were bought by Red Gate Software Ltd, it left the SQL Server Family (#SQLFamily) in a quandary. On the one hand, the big PASS Summit will be revived and all archive videos will be
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Professionalism in the age of COVID-19

Some years ago, I wrote about what it means to be “professional” (and that it doesn’t mean having to wear a suit and tie). Recently a conversation broke out on Twitter about what it means in the information security (InfoSec) field. The vast majority of InfoSec people in the conversation railed against the premise that
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #009: Beach Time

(If you’d like to read my other T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective posts, click here.) In August 2010, Jason Brimhall (blog | Twitter) invited us to discuss preparing for vacations: “Write about what you have done to be able to get a break from the job. Beach time is usually vacation time, but is really anything that
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It’s 2021, so why are you reading this?

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
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #008: Gettin’ Schooled

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
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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
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