SQL Rap Contest Results in the Hizzle!

As my team celebrates the successful release of the latest version (v 2.5, for those of you keeping score at home) of the SQLRAP (SQL Risk Assessment Program) toolset, it should also be noted that Michelle Ufford has announced the winner of her SQL Rap Contest. You can read about how this whole thing got…

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Yes, It’s True – I’m A Judge in SQL Fool’s RAP Contest

I’ll say one thing for Michelle Ufford, the SQL Fool: she’s not one to leave a good idea on the table, unseized. Yesterday she and I indulged in a little bit of silliness after I made an innocent tweet about some Risk Assessment Plan work I was doing.  Well, the SQL Server Twitter flock got…

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Microsoft Hosting Silverlight 2 Developer Contest with $5000 Prize

This week I’m hoping to get through my backlog of postable material.  It makes sense to start with the time-sensitive stuff.. Microsoft is asking game developers to bring their best ideas to light using Silverlight 2, a flexible new platform for delivering rich on-line content.  If you’ve got a good idea for a game, submit…

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Database Programming Contest: Adam Machanic Throws Down

Never let it be said that Adam Machanic lacks style.. Adam left a comment on yesterday’s revisiting of the XML String Concatenation Trick, announcing his T-SQL Challenge: Grouped String Concatenation contest. Read Adam’s post to get all of the particulars for the event.  I hope to be able to play by Adam’s March 16th deadline…

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Microsoft Learning Asks a Loaded Question: Are You Certifiable?

This is a really cool idea.. If you’ve ever considered taking a certification exam but aren’t sure if you’re ready, here’s a fun, risk-free way to practice – Are You Certifiable?, a new on-line game from Microsoft and Fuel Industries. Choose an avatar, select your expertise, and pit yourself against other players from all over…

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Throw Some SPARKs: Microsoft’s First Windows Embedded Hobbyist Competition

I think contests are really cool, so I tend to blog about them here even when they’re not overtly SQL Server related. A little background..  back in March of this year, the Windows Embedded Group launched SPARK Your Imagination, the first hobbyist-focused program for this exciting technology.  Before this program, the software cost $1000 per…

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At Long Last, Great News For Stephen and rudy

It took me far too long to get this done..  health issues, project deadlines..  but forty posts after the December contest was annouced and thirty-eight posts after your victories were confirmed — not to mention a month after I promised to ship them in a week — Stephen and rudy, your books finally went in the mail…

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Are You An ISV Who's Making A Difference In The World? Here's A Contest For You!

I just got word of an interesting new contest sponsored by Microsoft called The Ingenuity Point. The contest is designed to recognize and celebrate ISVs who are making a meaningful difference in the areas of education, healthcare, and environmental sustainability.   If you have a software solution that betters the world in any of these areas,…

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Where Has Ward Been?

Well, at least I can say that I was counting my blessings.. I’ve been slowly getting back up to speed since a relapse of my pancreatitis just after New Year’s.  With the patience of family and colleagues, I’m most of my way back to being a productive human being again.  I have an appointment with…

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And The Winners Are..

Stephen Moore and rudy, who both correctly divined that “the contest post” was the 500th on the blog. By the time rudy got here, there were already two new DWWTWT? posts since the contest post had gone up, which made his successful entry all the more remarkable (although, in fairness, it appears he might’ve assumed that…

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