Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Pebble

I have been a "watch" guy for most of my life. Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve almost always worn a watch, usually a Timex, that lets me track time. At one point I really had the goal of … Continue reading

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RIP, Mr. Nimoy

I’ve got a lot of memories of Mr. Spock. Played by Leonard Nimoy in the iconic Star Trek series. I grew up watching him, and enjoying his character. While I liked Scotty, I think Spock might have been my favorite … Continue reading

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The Express Choice

There are a number of editions of SQL Server, each of which has different capabilities, features, and restrictions. Over the years, the mix has changed, and it can get confusing for customers trying to decide what to purchase and use. … Continue reading

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Six Months with the iPhone 6

A couple years ago I switched from iOS to Android, pre-ordering a Samsung Galaxy 4. I wrote about my decision and then a short term update before I moved back to my old iPhone 4S and iOS. I have a … Continue reading

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Building Small Habits

I was reading Kenneth Fisher’s piece on constraints recently and was struck by the fact that this is one of those small changes you make to your coding that has big benefits. In essence, rather than being lazy and writing this: CREATE … Continue reading

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Parsing SQL Saturday Data – Getting Titles from the XML document

I’m continuing on with my project to grab SQL Saturday data and automatically insert it into a SQL Server database. In this piece, I’m picking up from the last one where I had a loop to load all XML documents … Continue reading

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Small Leadership

I ran across Richard Branson’s top quotes on leadership. From a man who’s been quite a success in many areas, and has influenced many others, it was interesting to see what he considers good advice. He lists ten quotes from various … Continue reading

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DLM Workshops

We’ve got a bunch of DLM workshops coming up in the next few months from Red Gate Software. We’ve been working on trying to bring some depth to our education, helping DBAs and developers learn how to built smoother software … Continue reading

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Making Plans

I write regularly about career topics, hoping that I can help many of you think about your career more, learn more, and move in a direction that’s important to you. I’ve had a great career, one I’ve enjoyed most of … Continue reading

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Missing Full Text Extensions in Express

I was tasked recently with removing the full text indexes in Adventureworks for a demo. The full text indexes were causing a few extra items to appear in a SQL Compare demo and weren’t needed. The individual that had set … Continue reading

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