Two New Corners of the InterWebs -- and They’re Mine!

A busy weekend here in central Florida, as I established two new personal domains: http://WardPond.net, my personal website, and http://pondsponderings.wordpress.com, my personal blog While you’ve been in no danger of being deluged by personal traffic here lately, there have been times in this blog’s history where that’s not been the case. It’s my hope that…

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Serving the SQL Server Blogosphere for a Twentieth of a Century!

It’s been exactly five years since this blog went live with a questionable Admiral Stockdale reference, and despite an extended hiatus recently to due a confluence of personal and professional issues, your interest in my ponderings continues to a humbling extent. So, as energy, inspiration, time, and circumstances permit, this humble little corner of the…

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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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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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New Career Campaign From Microsoft Learning

UPDATED 27 October 2009 with the correct expiration date for the E-Learning Collections discount (thanks, Lain!). Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a promotion, or trying to become indispensible in your existing role, Microsoft has launched a new Career Campaign to provide learning paths and guidance to help you get trained for some of…

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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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Beta 2 Release for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Available for Download

Exciting news for the developer community: yesterday Microsoft released the second beta for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.  Click here for the download page. If you need it, go get it! -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted at http://blogs.technet.com/wardpond.  the author and his employer are pleased to provide this content for you…

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Mark Your Calendar: Windows 7 Readiness Webcast on October 6

The following description of a pending webcast arrived in my inbox earlier this week; I thought it might be of interest to some of you as you prepare for the launch of Windows 7: Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7? October 6, 2009 12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Pacific (60 minutes) Event Details…

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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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