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Digging Around In Codeplex

Codeplex is probably the best source for Microsoft focused projects. You will find a lot more than just base SQL Server bits. Codeplex covers a large range of technologies and also covers pretty much every aspect of SQL Server. Codeplex isn’t as old as SourceForge so if you do find a project that has been abandoned it may not be too old to use or may be easier to update. When Codeplex finally added git support they on me over in a big bad way. The search feature is a bit simplistic but you still have some sorting and filtering options available to you.

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Man in The Mirror

Hard To Say Goodbye

Today is bitter sweet for me. I am moving on from Catapult Systems to pursue other opportunities.

What does that mean exactly? Was I treated poorly? Did the work suck? No on both accounts. I haven’t been this happy in my professional life in quite a while.

But you are leaving? Yep.

Self Examination Is As Important as Feedback From Others

To answer those questions accurately I had to take a serious look at my life and the things I want from it.

I’m a list maker. I do the whole pro and con’s thing. Making short, mid and long term goals all that stuff. This time I did More >

SQL Server, Pricing, Editions and Features

I Want Features Not Cost!

Recently Brent Ozar (blog|twitter) wrote a post SQL Server Standard Edition Sucks, And It’s All Your Fault. Needless to say, he isn’t happy with the price and what you don’t get in Standard Edition of SQL Server 2012. Brent seems to be mostly upset that since SQL Server 2008 Standard edition has been restricted to 64GB of ram. Adding additional insult, Always On is an Enterprise only feature with Database Mirroring on the green mile Microsoft will have to do something in the near future to fill this gap.

What about the rest of his list?

  • Database snapshots (a huge More >

SQLServerIO Series

These are the series I am currently working on. I am currently working on these two plus two more for the new year! The Fundamentals of Storage Systems SQLDIY: Manage and Monitor SQL Server Yourself

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

It has been a month of changes for me and my family. First we lost a very close and dear friend. Next, we are taking in that friends daughter so she can start her education. That meant we needed to quit looking for a house and buy one, which we did. Now, I have decided to leave eScan Data Systems and pursue a new opportunity with Dell.

I am very grateful for my time at eScan. I made lots of friends. Learned new things, and helped the company manage the explosive growth it has seen in the last two years. I’m sure that some of the connections I made at eScan will be life long ones. Now, I’m More >

Three Turns On The Road

Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the porch with my family, singin’ and dancin’ down in Mississippi. – The Jerk

This meme was started by Paul Randal (Blog | Twitter) who asks the question "What three things or events brought you to where you are today?" I was tagged by David Taylor (Blog | Twitter). I wasn’t born in Mississippi but we sure were poor. I grew up I a small West Texas town of farmers and ranchers. I grew up between two households. I am a single child but have a large extended family and was a middle child More >

OT: Rewriting History

I’ve been blogging for a few months. During that time I’ve received comments about my grammar, sentence construction and paragraph construction. I have taken this criticism to heart. I have only had two specific comments about my writing style so I have a point to start from. Like most of you, I do not write for a living. I do write every day of my life. I have had basic writing instruction during my high school an college days, but nothing during my time as a professional. The most training I’ve ever had communicating to others has been in the form of speech and theater. I have had some More >

Fusion-IO Update

I’ve done all the testing I can do for now. There were some unexpected developments that I will cover in a second article.

Later this week I’ll post all my initial findings with the cards.

The second post will be a follow on and some general observations about the SSD market as it stands right now.

All I can say is I’ve never worked with a hardware vendor as passionate about the products, and more importantly the customer they sell them to, than Fusion-IO period.

NULL is not = to anything

One of the fun facts about SQL Server and the relation model is the whole concept of three valued logic. Now I’m not breaking any new ground here I am just touching on something that trips people up when they expect a result and don’t get it due to the magic of NULL’s. To be honest, I’m no exception to falling into the unknown from time to time.

Codd laid out 12 fundamental rules of what a relational database system should conform to if it is to be considered truly relational.

Rule 3: Systematic treatment of null values:

The DBMS must allow each field to remain null (or empty). More >

It’s all magic to me.

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"Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who do not understand it."

freefall 

Arthur C. Clarke penned three laws of prediction

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The  last is the most well known. I love the change More >

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