Just over 12 months ago I published a blog post entitled AdventureWorks2012 now available for all on SQL Azure. In it I explained that I had set up a Windows Azure SQL Database (then known as SQL Azure database) for the SQL Server community to use and hence familiarise themselves with the SQL Azure offering – I called this initiative “AdventureWorks on Azure”. Judging by the comments that were left in the table that I set up for that very purpose it seems that a number of people were in favour and made use of it:
The credentials to enable you to connect up and leave your own comment are in that same blog post!
Running a SQL Azure database is of course not free hence I asked for the community to support the initiative by contributing via PayPal to its upkeep. I hoped that there might be enough left over to make a charitable donation and as you have probably gathered from the title of this blog post I’m delighted to be able to say that that did indeed happen. A few minutes ago I made a contribution to War Child (the same charity that the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives book donated to) of £351.49
What do War Child do? In their own words:
We look forward to a world in which children's lives aren't torn apart by war.
There's 27 of us in an old false-teeth factory in north London.
We're trying to change the world.
You could say we're a small charity with big ambitions.
We're directly transforming the lives of tens of thousands of children. And we're campaigning to improve the lives of millions more.
Thank you to everyone that made a donation especially to the extremely generous person (who shall remain nameless – you know who you are) that contributed $105.
I would like to keep AdventureWorks on Azure going for another year at least but to do that I need more donations. If you would like to support this initiative for another year take a read of the instructions below that I have copied from last year’s blog post:
AdventureWorks on Azure is being provided for the SQL Server community to use and so I am hoping that that same community will rally around to support this effort by making a voluntary donation to support the upkeep which, going on current pricing, is going to be $119.88 per year. If you would like to contribute to keep AdventureWorks on Azure up and running for that full year please donate via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Any amount, no matter how small, will help.
Thank you once again to everyone that donated!