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  • re: SQL Server and case sensitivity

    Case sensitive collations impact more than just the data, a case sensitive database means that all the user created objects (tables, columns, procs, variables, etc.) are also case sensitive. Developing on a case insemsitive database and then porting the scritps to a case sensitive environment can be a humbling experience.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on July 15, 2010
  • The Primary Cause of Failed IT Projects

    During my career Ive been a part of dozens of projects. Some I was on from the start, most I came in to help bail out. Some went smooth and were a pleasure to build and maintain and some projects failed (failed being broadly defined as projects that were not completed, or were completed but were a horrid mess very complex, impossible to ...
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on June 10, 2010
  • Fresh Voices

    The PASS Summit 2010 Call for Speakers is closed. When the call went out I offered to review abstracts for anyone interested, which gave me a view into the content of the next PASS, albeit a filtered view, but what I did see was encouraging. In all I reviewed about 50 abstracts (several of these I found on my junk folder, so I apologize to any ...
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on June 7, 2010
  • re: Third-Grade Math Class

    Hey Andy, after a day of writing or coding, my wife will talk to me, I'll mutter something slowely and she'll say, &quot;You've been coding again, haven't you.&quot; also, I tend to drum my fingers in patterns when I code in my head (to be downlaoded via keyboard later). Halfway through a TV show she'll notice my fingers and say, &quot;You're ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on May 13, 2010
  • re: One-Time Boosts

    Hey Andy, &nbsp;I haven't mentioned this yet, but I've really enjoyed this series of posts. There are copious words written on IT management and culture, but your series is one of the best and rings with truth. well done and thanks! -Paul
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on May 11, 2010
  • PASS Call for Speakers

    It's that time again - the PASS Summit 2010 (Seattle Nov 8-11) Call for Speakers is now open and accepting abstracts until June 5th. personally, I'm on a pattern that on odd years I present what I'm excited about, and on even years I try try to&nbsp;proesent what I expect other are jazzed about, which takes a bit more work. Last year I offered ...
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on May 5, 2010
  • re: I'm a happy camper

    Nathan, email me directly at
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on May 5, 2010
  • re: I'm a happy camper

    Adam, Perhaps its a generational thing. When I started coding database apps we had to hand-code the nested loops that would later become known as inner joins. I remember the thrill of learning how to code a quicksort instead of a bubble sort. When I look at a query optimization plan for a complex query, it represents saving days to weeks of ...
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on May 3, 2010
  • re: I'm a happy camper

    Umm, seems to me there's value in an overall discussion on the general satisfaction level of SQL Server developers. Seems to me Microsoft would be interested in this discussion. I am. But there's no gun to your head. You're welcome to ignore or disagree.
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on April 30, 2010
  • I'm a happy camper

    Im satisfied with SQL Server 2008. It meets my needs and I can build whatever I want in the database. Theres no feature that it lacks that blocking my development. SQL Server 2008 is what I see when I close my eyes and dream. Maybe Im just pleased with my current projects, maybe Im being dense, maybe I lack imagination, tell me if Im being ...
    Posted to Paul Nielsen (Weblog) by Paul Nielsen on April 30, 2010
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