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  • SQL Saturday 489 Tampa-“How to Design a Relational Database” Precon

    On February 26, I will be doing my &quot;How to Design a Relational Database&quot; pre-conference session in Tampa, FL.&#160; You can see the abstract here if you are interested, and you can sign up there too, naturally. Currently priced at 158.19 it is a bargain and I totally promise it will be around 8 hours of talking about and designing ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on February 4, 2016
  • Dynamic Data Masking - Part 1 - The Mechanism

    This is part 1 of my Dynamic Data Masking blogs for my upcoming book project. An interesting feature that is being added to SQL Server 2016 is Dynamic Data Masking. What it does is, allow you to show a user a column, but instead of showing them the actual data, it masks it from their view. Like if you have a table that has email addresses, you ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on February 1, 2016
  • Is It Ever Better to Not Name Constraints?

    This is part 1 of my Tips and Tricks blogs for my upcoming book project. For all of my professional writing career, I have been forced to be on the top of my formatting game when writing code. Uppercasing this, spacing this, aligning that, formatting code just right. In my personal life, I also try to format my code in a readable manner, though ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on January 19, 2016
  • Less than Two Weeks to SQL Saturday Nashville!

    No sooner does the official holiday season end than SQL Saturday season begins. Next week on January 9 is the Atlanta BI edition, but the week of the 16th is the event here in Nashville (well, technically we will be in Murfreesboro, but it is close!). Tamera Clark (@tameraclark) is again heading up the team that is making it happen, and I will be ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on January 3, 2016
  • Dragged Kicking and Screaming into the Clouds

    When I first heard about the cloud I rolled my eyes. This will never take, it sounds very much like the mainframes we came to know and hate (my first database project was killing a mainframe that was costing our non-profit organization $15000 a month, which as a non-profit was simply horrible.) Even four years ago when I was writing &quot;Pro SQL ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on December 2, 2015
  • re: Post PASS Summit Resolutions

    @JoeWebb, Agreed. We need to get together for lunch some day when you are doing some work around Franklin or perhaps Nashville. @sqldiver That just put Atlanta on my &quot;definitely going to attend speaking or not&quot; for Atlanta this year (as long as it doesn't conflict with something else Non-SQL, naturally)
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 12, 2015
  • Post PASS Summit Resolutions

    Many years I have tried early in the year to list a set of New Years Resolutions but one thing I have noted every year is it isnt New Years Day that is the defining part of my year, but rather it is the PASS Summit that defines my year. Usually, by the time the end of October rolls around, I am pretty spent. The summer has ended, and all of ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 9, 2015
  • PASS/MVP Summits Reflections

    Wow, it was great actually getting out to the summits this year. Sitting here in the SEATAC airport, waiting for it to be time to get in a flying tin can, I wanted to jot down a few reflections I had from the two weeks. Some of the things I noticed (that arent under some sort of NDA, at least) this year over my two weeks are: The Cloud is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 6, 2015
  • Thank *you* for my SQL Server MVP Award…

    Today, I was awarded (at least) one more time with the Microsoft MVP Award. This makes 12 years, and with this, my 11th renewal, I have yet to feel like it is something I can take for granted (you dont want to be around me the last week of September!). It has been a great time so far, and I have no idea how many years I will be back (admittedly, ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 1, 2015
  • Heading to Orlando for SQL Saturday again this year

    Last year, I attended SQL Saturday Orlando again after missing a few years (I did my first database design precon there a few years back). I love the way they run their event, and as speakers, we did some fun stuff like being the ones that served lunch to the attendees. This year, I wasnt sure if I had a chance to go, because I had scheduled a ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on September 26, 2015
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