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  • 701

    Its your turn. You start blogging. You cannot start in July 2007 like I did even if you have a Delorean. But you can start in July 2015. Heres the thing: In 2023, eight more years will have passed. Will you have posted 700 blog posts by then? You can. How to I know? Its possible. What Do I Blog About, Andy? What was the last ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 24, 2015
  • 700

    Adam Machanic (Blog | @AdamMachanic) emailed me way back in July 2007 and asked if Id be interested in joining the awesome crew blogging at I was honored to be asked and loved the idea of joining the bloggers here (A group of really smart SQL Server bloggers plus me). And wow this is my 700th post at SQLBlog! Thank you, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 22, 2015
  • Want to Learn More About SSIS and Biml? Upcoming Training Opportunities!

    Heres a list of upcoming training opportunities for people wanting to learn more about SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml): Office Hours: Is Biml Right for You? Live Q &amp; A Webinar 27 May 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT. Register, its FREE! Advanced SSIS Design Patterns and Automation with Biml ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 21, 2015
  • Sometimes, You Need to Tune Your Guitar Differently

    Years ago (decades, actually), I was part of a Christian alternative music band called Now eye See Why. We performed mostly original music at coffeehouses, music festivals, and in bars in the Richmond Virginia Fan district. We made a couple recordings and were signed to a small label for a time. I sang backup (mostly) and played guitar, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 20, 2015
  • Office Hours Webinar: Is Biml Right For You?

    Join my friend and colleague, Tim Mitchell (blog | @Tim_Mitchell) and me 27 May at 12:00 PM EDT for a Linchpin People Office Hours Webinar: Is Biml Right For You?&nbsp; Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) is a complex topic, but well worth the time to learn. Linchpin People has been using Biml for years, and we have real-world ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 15, 2015
  • Great Scott! Linchpin People is Going… Back to SQL Saturday Atlanta!

    SQL Saturday #392 is happening THIS SATURDAY! Im looking forward to returning to Atlanta, where almost everyone speaks without an accent. The schedule looks awesome! Im excited that several Linchpins were selected to present because this means well get to hang out in person. Im also excited to see so many friends from #SQLFamily, too, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 14, 2015
  • Advanced SSIS Design Patterns and Automation with Biml PASS Essential Deutschland–15 Jun 2015!

    I am honored to deliver a full-day PASS Essential in Germany 15 Jun 2015! Ill be sharing: Advanced SSIS Design Patterns and Automation with BIML Advanced SSIS Design Patterns for performance, support, and maintain-ability Data Flow performance patterns SSIS Catalog-integrated Execution Frameworks Connections and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 11, 2015
  • re: Andy-Frickin-Leonard

    Thank you, Kalen! &nbsp; I think (and hope) I've told you many times that you're one of my technology heroes. I was stumbling and fumbling my way through my very first real data warehouse project, reading your (awesome) book Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (, when I was ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 9, 2015
  • Database Design: 3-State Bits

    I can hear you thinking, Andy, youre off your old rocker. There are only two states for bit values! And you are correct. Almost. What if Im storing a truly binary value a value that possesses only two possible states but theres the possibility of a third state to indicate that I do not know which state applies. Consider this ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 6, 2015
  • re: Andy-Frickin-Leonard

    Adam, &nbsp; I agree that I make no one listen. I think that was part of the reason I was blind to caring to begin with. If I don't like it I change the channel. In the case of social media, I turn it off, unfollow, unfriend, and - extremely rarely - block. &nbsp; Your support and advice mean a lot to me, sir. We do not agree on many things, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 26, 2015
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