T-SQL Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

For the last few days my inbox, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of advice about which words I should stop misspelling. To be fair, in English, I have relatively little problem, and any misspellings I do make may be sloppy, but rarely result in misunderstandings. On the other hand, there are some T-SQL usages that really do cause…

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My Top Ten SQL Server Bloggers of 2009

I think I may have set myself an all-but-impossible task: to choose ten bloggers who write about SQL Server, and who have been outstanding in the last year. Nearly impossible, not because I can’t find ten, but because there are so many more worthy of recognition.  In addition, many of those I will not be…

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Three suggestions for SQL Server DBAs in 2010

One of these days I really should blog about “dumb questions I have been asked at customer briefings.” There’s a danger in that, of course: namely, that a customer could equitably blog about “dumb answers I received from Donald Farmer.” Nevertheless, the other day, a CIO asked me an excellent question. “Aside from core skills,…

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The SQL Server Year in Review

It’s getting close to that time of year when you’re going to start seeing lots of “the year in review” specials on television. I started in my new role working with our customers last December, so it seems only fitting that I take a moment and go over some of the highlights in the SQL…

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The Best Tool for the Job

One evening last week I was hanging out with a friend who is a professional photographer. As so often happens on such occasions, we whiled away some time comparing new toys, for we both had new cameras. Mine is small and perfectly formed (an Olympus, if you must know) and he had a high-end Nikon of…

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Active Thankfulness and SQL Server Professionals

A few countries around the world have a day set aside for giving thanks – and some do it all year long. We stop to give thanks to those who have made us what we are, and those in the past and present who have given us the benefits that we enjoy. From teachers to…

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Buck Woody – Microsoft’s "Real World DBA"

Hello, I’m Buck Woody – Microsoft’s “Real World DBA”. I go by that title not because I’m a DBA here (we do have a lot of those, though) but because for over 25 years I’ve worked as a Data Professional. I’ve worked at organizations from NASA facilities to hospitals, and from legal offices to manufacturing…

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New Stuff

I’ve always loved getting new things. And when it comes to software it’s no exception. I enjoy exploring a new release of my favorite app – see how things have changed and advanced and discovering new features. There are two new things that I want to call your attention to. First, this week we released…

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SQLPASS Summit Recap

Yesterday the was the final day of the SQLPASS Summit. Today we have our last Insiders’ Session. There are numerous conference statistics I could site but the one I think says it all is 2,200+. This is the number of attendees. That’s a lot of people gathered in a single place to talk about SQL…

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SQLPASS Community Summit Preview

The SQLPASS Community Summit is one of the most exciting annual conferences for the SQL Server team. Bringing together thousands of professionals to talk about SQL Server is simply amazing. Last year I had the honor of standing on stage with Ted Kummert (Senior Vice President for the Business Platform Division @ Microsoft) during his…

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