Five Things About sp_.. (okay.. Four Things and a Closing Argument)

Celebrating the first day of Summer with the first technical post on the blog since mid-Winter (apologies for my absence).. Jens has a great post regarding the internal behavior of various forms of sp_-named programmability objects.  Some SQLRAP-related research led me to take a different tack, and I wanted to share the results of that…

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The Pond's Laws Home Page

This page will serve as a compendium of Pond’s Laws posts.  The individual posts which promulgate the laws may be found as follows: Pond’s First through Tenth LawsPond’s Eleventh LawPond’s Twelfth LawPond’s Thirteenth Law Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How To Be A Competent Professional In An Irrational World) 1. This list is perpetually…

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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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Windows 7 Now Available

You might have heard about this somewhere else..  but Windows 7 was launched today. I recently got an upgraded laptop from my employer, upon which I installed Windows 7.  Both the machine and the software are quite remarkable. First, the machine, so you can see how sweetly I’m riding these days, is an HP EliteBook…

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Pond’s Thirteenth Law: Change Won’t Be Cheaper Tomorrow

Herewith, a discussion of the emergence of Pond’s Thirteenth Law (if you need to catch up, here are Laws One through Ten, Eleven, and Twelve, as well as three ruminations on the implications of Pond’s Seventh Law).. One of the great things about my job is that I get to spend an embarrassing amount of…

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A Gift From Jens and Jimmy

Two Microsoft folks frequently featured in this space, Microsoft Certified Masters Jimmy May and Jens Suessmeyer, have joined forces to bring to the world SQLIOSimParser, a tool to parse and interpret the XML output of the Bob Dorr’s SQLIOSim testing tool. Jimmy says Jens did most of the heavy lifting, but most of the heavy…

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Pond’s Twelfth Law: In Your Pursuit of Five Nines, Don’t Practice in Front of the CIO

After a long hiatus, Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How to Be a Competent Professional in an Irrational World) returns.  Thanks to Jimmy May for a kick-in-the-pants on this topic several months ago; I hope he’ll understand why I just had to wait until right now to publish this post (the clue lies in…

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Database Programming: Did You Know IN Can Do This?

Courtesy of Jens Suessmeyer comes this little gem purloined from an internal discussion; cut-and-paste this into SQL Server Management Studio and see if you can answer the questions in the comments before you execute the script: –  create and populate a table variable DECLARE @Demonstration TABLE (     ID INT IDENTITY(1,1),     Col1 INT,    …

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Database Programming: What I’ve Learned About SQL Server 2008 (with a little on SQL Server 2005 thrown in)

With SQLRAP 2.5 out the door a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been free to turn to another project, SIPA, an internal effort to automate storage and retrieval of our group’s diverse intellectual property catalog.  I’m acting as both the database architect and one of the database implementers on the project. This is my first…

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Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is Now Available

Actually, I’m about a month late to the party on this one..  but I’ve been busy.. Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is available for download here. The SQL Server Release team discusses the SP3 release here and the SP2 release here.  Aaron Bertrand has a nice discussion here of issues…

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