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  • 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
  • Book Review (Book 2) - Rhetoric by Aristotle

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for July 2011 was Rhetoric, by Aristotle. You can read it here for free: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/a/aristotle/a8rh/ Why I chose this Book: I read this long ago, but I would ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 28, 2011
  • Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

    I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently presented a few sessions on a “SQL Cruise” to Alaska (more on that here) and one ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 7, 2011
  • Computer books are dead. Well, some of them, anyway.

    I read a lot. I mean a LOT. It seems that computer professionals have much in common with medical professionals – we have to read in order to stay on top of our game. For me, this used to mean web sites, magazines, and other print medium, and of course lots of books. I’ve even written several computer books myself and had them published. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 10, 2011
  • 2010 Goals Review

    Introduction Earlier this year, I responded to Tim Ford's (Blog / Twitter) tag (in a post about 2010 Resolutions and Themeword) with 2010 Themeword and Goals. Let's see how I did. Resolutions 1. I need to take better care of Andy. On this, I failed. I took even worse care of myself than before. I have to address this in 2011. You can help ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 31, 2010
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