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  • SQLPass NomCom election: Why I voted twice

    Did you already cast your votes for the SQLPass NomCom election? If not, you really should! Your vote can make a difference, so don’t let it go to waste. The NomCom is the group of people that prepares the elections for the SQLPass Board of Directors. With the current election procedures, their opinion carries a lot of weight. They can reject ...
  • Me and the Man

    Part 1 I grew up poor – the US version of poor. We never missed a meal but a few times it was only because we had a successful hunt. Suffice it to say that when we interacted with others, they always had more than us. More stuff, nicer houses and cars and toys. We weren’t unhappy kids – my brothers and I – but we were unable to do some things we ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 15, 2014
  • Buck Woody is Changing Jobs

    Recently I read an article (http://lifehacker.com/is-it-bad-to-stay-at-one-company-for-very-long-1295782130) that stated that if you are at the same company for more than a few years, it will harm your career. I don’t agree – consider any successful CEO, musician, or master-level craftsperson – those people may have been doing ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on September 17, 2013
  • Why We Write #7 - An Interview with Allan Hirt

    For today's entry (and after a brief side trip through my own experiences), I move just slightly out of the SQL realm to a Microsoft Clustering MVP. Ok, in reality he is very much a SQL Server expert/guru (having taught for the SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Masters courses), and has been for many years. He just spends more of his (at least ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on August 6, 2013
  • You probably have enough

    This a decidedly non-technical post, and even a little preachy. I post it here because you, the technical professional, are the perfect audience for it. I have enough stuff. I never think so, of course, but I do. I don’t consider myself rich, but if you have a comfortable place to sleep,  enough food to eat and you can plan for your ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 1, 2013
  • A wee bit exhausted… time to reenergize

    I admit it. I am tired and I have not blogged nearly enough. This has been a crazy year, with the book I finished writing, the pre-cons I have done (teaching is NOT my primary profession so I do a lot more prep than some others probably do), lots of training on Data Warehousing topics (from Ralph Kimball, Bob Becker, and Stacia Misner, to name ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on December 10, 2012
  • T-SQL User-Defined Functions: the good, the bad, and the ugly (part 1)

    So you thought that encapsulating code in user-defined functions for easy reuse is a good idea? Think again! SQL Server supports three types of user-defined functions. Only one of them qualifies as good. The other two – well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? The bad: scalar functions A scalar user-defined function (UDF) is very much like a ...
  • OT: Noisy v. Important

    A new personal blog post: Discerning Between Noisy and Important
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 25, 2012
  • Stand-Up Cloud Computing

    When I was very young, I asked my uncle for career advice. He went silent, thinking for a bit, and then said: “People who work sitting down make more than people who work standing up.” I’m not certain how true that really is, but my career as a technology professional has led me to work in a seated position for most of my life. Turns out, that’s ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 9, 2012
  • What Matters Most

    The end of the year is a study in extremes. For many, it is a time of merriment and celebration. For some, it is yet another day to survive. I believe most people reflect on the past year as it draws to a close. We think about the things that happened over the year: the accomplishments of ourselves and others; goals set and met; goals not met; ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 25, 2011
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