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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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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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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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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SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available for Download

If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members. Here’s the skinny from the download page: SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008…

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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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