Help Build an Amazing Summit in 2021

For a good portion of my career, I’ve been going to the annual Summit in the fall with lots of my fellow SQL Server/Data Platform professionals. I have been to 16 or 17 before last fall’s virtual one.

This year, Redgate has purchased the trademark and brand for the Summit, and they are looking to run a virtual event in the fall. Like many other events of the last year, this will be free, and I’m excited to see how this goes.

Redgate is looking for feedback from those of you that have attended Summits in the past, trying to understand what worked well and what didn’t. They are looking to create a memorable event and evolve the Summit into something better in the future.

Fill out the survey before Apr 15 and you could win a Peloton bike. Not a bad prize for sharing some thoughts on an event I suspect many of you enjoyed and would like to see come back.

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Growing Outside of the English World

The CEO of our company is English, and he likes to remind me (jokingly) that there was a long time when the sun never set on the English empire. I will jokingly remind him that one country has set foot on the moon.

One of the things that has changed me in the last decade is travel. I’ve been lucky enough to visit many countries around the world for work, and a few more for personal trips. In this time, I’ve often engaged with local people and tried to experience life a bit from their perspective, rather than be a tourist and just look at a thing or place as an outsider. I’ve often read a bit or researched an area to learn some history or get some context.

That’s changed my view, and helped me understand how different the world can be. While I do find most people are similar around the world in many ways, cultures vary, and the emphasis placed on one thing vs. another can be much different.

I also see how the wealth and privilege in the US makes many things quite easy compared to other parts of the world.

This is something I am think about often as I try to restart SQL Saturday and think about events in different parts of the world. It’s something I think about as I deal with customers in other countries as well, understanding that their database problems are the same, but the way they work and interact can vary.

Stepping outside my own US-centric view also helps me think about my past and how I may not have respected or treated others equally when their culture was very different from my own. Growing up involves learning more than you already know. In my mind, it also involves some empathy, appreciation, and respect for just how different the world can be for others. Something I am trying to do more and more often, especially with those outside the US/UK/ANZ world.

Steve Jones

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Daily Coping 7 Apr 2021

I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag. 

Today’s tip is to find joy in a simple thing today.

One of the things I’ve tried to add to my life across the decades is to enjoy the small and simple things I experience. I do try to take a few minutes to stop and enjoy life.

It snowed today, and the world is white, a little chilly (22F/-5C), calm, and beautiful. I feel good, and I took a few minutes to look at the world and appreciate the good fortunate I have in life.

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#TSQL2sday #137 Invite Using Notebooks Every Day

tsqltuesdayIt’s time for the T-SQL Tuesday blog party, and I’m hosting this month. I don’t host too often, but since I had some schedule mix ups, I’ll handle this month. Read the invitation below and then write your post for next Tuesday, Apr 13.

If you want to host a T-SQL Tuesday, let me know. You can ping me on Twitter.

Jupyter Notebooks

I first heard about Jupyter Notebooks years ago. At the time I was just getting started in Python and I thought these were a great way to share code online with others. However, the setup and administration was a pain, and I quickly gave up.

When I saw Microsoft add notebooks to Azure, I got slightly excited again, but once again, it was a bit of a pain to work with these. Too much administrative overhead, in my opinion.

That changed a bit with Azure Data Studio, which has seen notebooks get added, and become easier and more stable. If you haven’t tried notebooks, get ADS and give it a try today. I even wrote a short piece on using these.

Your Invitation

For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, I want you to write about how you have used, or would like to use, a Jupyter notebook. This seemed to be exciting for many people at first, but I haven’t seen a lot of uptake from users in general. So I’m curious if you are using them.

A few resources for you:

There is even a way to run these from PowerShell.

So let me know how you are using notebooks, or your plans for the future.

Publish your post sometimes on 13 Apr, UTC time.

The Rules

Publish your post sometime on 13 Apr 2021, UTC time.

Leave a comment or traceback on this post.

Use the T-SQL Tuesday logo at the top of this post in your post and link that back to this invitation.

Spread the word.

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