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  • Post PASS Summit Resolutions 2016

    So, I am finally back and lightly rested from the two big weeks of SQL learning this year (PASS Summit and MVP Summit) and like pretty much every year I am physically exhausted, feeling my age. So many sessions, so many miles put on my feet. But my brain recovers from the ordeal faster than my feet, and is like: "wow, I am going to need more ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 17, 2016
  • After PASS Summit 2016 Recap (As seen by me!)

    In my last blog entry, I promised to blog about the PASS Summit each night when I got back to the room. This was a failure for two reasons. 1. I was always out at night and then exhausted. 2. I forgot the keyboard to my Surface Pro. I tweeted about it, and was picked on by the @surface twitter account: But I did tweet about the event rather ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 2, 2016
  • How Sure Are You of Your PASS Summit Abstract?

    You know who you are. You have a presentation idea that has been percolating since last October. You have asked friends and coworkers if it is a good idea. You may have presented it at 10 SQL Saturdays to thunderous appreciation. You may have even tried to submit last year but was turned down.  You have this abstract written and may have even ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on February 16, 2016
  • Speaking this weekend at SQL Saturday 286 - Louisville

    Wow, where does the time go? Hope I see every reader there in Louisville this weekend for a lovely time. Say you live in Alaska and it would be too far to go in one day? Hey, we all have our problems (and don't tell anyone, but I am going to try to finish up video versions of these sessions by the end of the year.. shh.) I will be doing my ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on June 19, 2014
  • Why We Write #8 - An Interview With Stacia Misner

    Today's interviewee is someone who is quite a prolific writer, with her most recent book being Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, having been released in May of 2013; and if you check out her Linkedin page (http://www.linkedin.com/in/staciamisner), you will find 12 other books she has either authored or co-authored. And that is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on August 27, 2013
  • Why We Write #4 - An Interview With Doug Lane

    My next guest is Doug Lane, who has been blogging for the past few years on his website: http://www.douglane.net/. Doug is also a speaker who has spoken at SQL Saturdays as well as the SQL PASS Summit, and as I write these interview questions was on his way to speak at the SQL PASS Business Analytics conference in 2013. I also liked quite a few of ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on April 23, 2013
  • Why We Write #2 - An Interview With Mark Vaillancourt

    My second guest is Mark Vaillancourt (whose last name makes me very happy for the copy and paste feature), who is an Information Management consultant working for Digineer, and is a Regional Mentor for PASS in Canada. Mark is also a speaker at SQL Saturday events, as well as the SQL PASS Business Analytics conference in 2013. Mark has been ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on March 28, 2013
  • Why We Write #1 - An Interview With Thomas LaRock

    I 've been a writer of trade level technical materials for over 13 years now, writing books, articles, blogs, and even tweets for a variety of outlets, almost exclusively about Microsoft SQL Server. While I won't claim to be the best writer in the world, I feel like I have the process of writing down fairly well, yet, for the life of me, there is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on March 21, 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
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