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…


Travelogue: Three Hours in Barcelona

I mentioned in my first dispatch from Barcelona that my schedule this year prohibited the sort of experience I had outside of the conference last year.  While I had two full days last year with no commitments at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, this year the organizers kept me busy every day of the event. Good…


TechEd Indexing Presentation Now Available on MSDN Code Gallery

Well, it took me long enough to figure out how to get this done, didn’t it?  The good news is that I have a brand new tool in my arsenal..  the bad news is that I burned a bunch of precious rural bandwidth trying to upload this material to inappropriate platforms. The TechEd EMEA 2008…


Back In-Country: Greetings From JFK

Greetings from the Delta terminal at JFK Airport in beautiful South Ozone Park, NY, where I’m currently laying over on my way back to Orlando.  As I was getting up at 6am Barcelona time, my wife was watching Friday night’s episode of David Letterman back home in Florida.  Time zones are certainly amazing things. Through…


A Note to the Attendees of Today’s “SQL Tricks” Session

During today’s session, many of you were sufficiently interested in the “versioning of database components” trick that I offered to post the deck from last year’s session here on the blog. Well, I’ve looked at the deck and it’s frankly a little thin.  What I need to do is take the scripts from that demo…


What’s The One Thing A Technical Presenter Doesn’t Need?

A case of laryngitis. Yup.  As I mentioned yesterday, my voice got a little flaky towards the end of yesterday’s SQL Tricks presentation here at TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers.  By the time I got back to the hotel to call Gale and the family, pretty much all I could do was click and squeak. Not…


My Favorite Pieces of Feedback for “SQL Tricks” So Far

Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of both presenters and delegates at TechEd.  Since last year, the feedback system has been enhanced to the point where I’m now able to see my attendees’ evaluations, including comments, in near real-time. The gifts, of course, are in the actionable feedback (one reviewer said…


Hello From Barcelona

Greetings from the Speakers’ Lounge at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, where TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers is in full swing.  Over 3,000 developers from all over the region have gathered to share and learn best practices for the care and feeding of their Microsoft solutions. I’ve got a very full dance card this week.  In…


Scripts for “SQL Tricks: Insights from Microsoft IT”

UPDATED 22 November 2008 with Code Gallery URL. A ZIP file of the scripts from the SQL Tricks: Insights from Microsoft IT presentation I’m giving in Barcelona this week is available for download here.  The tricks will be familiar to long-time denizens of this space, as they’ve all been discussed here before; I hope the provision…


Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers Session Schedule Released!

Earlier this week, I got my session schedule for my talks at this year’s Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers in Barcelona. DAT04-IS, SQL Tricks from Microsoft IT, will be offered on Tuesday, 11 November from 1:30pm until 2:45pm. DAT03-IS, Real-World Indexing Strategies from Microsoft IT, will be offered on Wednesday, 12 November from 3:45pm until 5:00pm….