MERGE, XML Access, and a CTE: Not So Fast

A bit of old news, as I return to the blog in earnest after some time away.. Last summer, in the posts Database Programming: What I’ve Learned About SQL Server 2008 (with a little on SQL Server 2005 thrown in) and Database Programming: Why I Like MERGE, I commented that I’d been able to build…

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Pond’s Laws Home Page Now Live

Thanks to yet another kick-in-the-pants from Jimmy May (did he play soccer as a youth?) the Pond’s Laws Home Page is now live.  Jimmy wanted to find all of Pond’s Laws in one place, and now he (and you) can. There’s also a link to the new page in the A Bit More From Me…

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What I Know Now: Ward’s Epistle to the N00bs

And I remember what she said to me How she swore that it never would end I remember how she held me, oh so tight Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then Bob Seger, Against the Wind All you need is love Love is all you need John Lennon and Paul McCartney,…

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Second Shot with a Side of Career Assist: Just What the Doctor Ordered

In light of the current state of the economy (not to mention recent news in my own back yard (I can still call it that since we continue, against our deeply held wishes, to own a house in Redmond)), I make it a point to count my blessings every day.  A loving and supportive family…

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Feedback is a Gift; Thanks, Kalen!

The law of unintended consequences is an amazing thing. When I posted Dirk Gubbels’ holiday greeting last week, I very quietly snuck in a new format for displaying source code, a formatting plug-in that was recommended in an internal discussion group.  It was decidedly not what I was looking for (I want more of a…

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Linchi Shea Makes an Interesting Point About Hints

I had a couple of extra minutes today and found this post on Linchi Shea’s blog; I wanted to commend to all of you who’ve taken in the programming methodology and set-based thinking discussions in this little corner. While I disagree some with the point in the main post about views (JOINing views, to my…

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Database Versioning Demonstration Uploaded

Fulfilling my promise at TechEd, I’ve finally completed a self-directed demonstration of the database versioning techniques I first presented at last year’s TechEd and which was alluded to during this year’s TechEd SQL Tricks presentations.  It’s published here on my resource page at MSDN Code Gallery.  No platform snafus this time, either.. The 12.5mB file…

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Thank You, Greg Winston

If you live long enough and lead a certain sort of life, you end up writing a lot of correspondence that you don’t really want to write when you start writing it.  If you’re lucky enough, more of those missives relate to happy things happening in peoples’ lives than sad things.  If you’re not wanting…

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More On Machine Translation: A Response for Hugo

No, that’s not “moron machine translation”, but if you read Hugo Kornelis’ candid and very helpful comments on Tuesday’s Windows Live Translator post, you’re certainly aware that machine translation (MT) has its pitfalls. The pun in the paragraph above is a good example of the challenges faced by MT.  English-speaking readers might stifle a small…

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Don't Like My English? Try Me In Portuguese (and Eleven Other Languages) With Windows Live Translator!

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in quite awhile.. Microsoft Server and Tools (the group that brings you, among others, the MSDN, TechNet, Expression, and CodePlex sites) is leveraging the latest translation technology from Windows Live and Microsoft Research teams to bring you Windows Live Translator. Windows Live Translator is a web application capable…

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