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  • SQLSaturday #69 - Philly Love

    Thanks to the Philly SQL Server User Group (PSSUG) and to everyone who attended SQLSaturday #69 in the City of Brotherly Love yesterday. It was a great event with a lot of great people.&nbsp;My presentations are&nbsp;available for&nbsp;download at the links ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on March 6, 2011
  • SQLSaturday #60 - Cleveland Rocks!

    Looking forward to seeing all the DBAs, programmers and BI folks in Cleveland at SQLSaturday #60 tomorrow!&nbsp; I'll be presenting on (1) Intro to Spatial Data and (2) Build Your Own Search Engine in SQL.&nbsp; I've reworked the Spatial Data presentation based on feedback from previous SQLSaturday events and added more sample code.&nbsp; I also ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on February 4, 2011
  • re: Why "Tailoring" Your Resume Is Bad

    Hi unclebiguns and steve, I was taught the same thing about tailoring your resume for the position you're applying for. &nbsp;What I've found is that it doesn't work all that well these days. &nbsp;You may be working with different recruiters who are trying to match your resume up against job orders that you don't know anything about yet, so you ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on January 1, 2011
  • re: Sell Yourself! Presentation

    Hi Shannon, &nbsp;it would be interesting to have scientific/mathematic proof one way or the other. &nbsp;Right now all I have is my personal experience and anecdotal evidence from job seekers and hiring managers I know. &nbsp;I wrote a blog post covering this in more ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on December 30, 2010
  • Why "Tailoring" Your Resume Is Bad

    I was just writing a response to a comment on&nbsp;my ''Sell Yourself!'' presentation (, and it started getting a little lengthy so I decided to turn it into a blog post.&nbsp; The ''Sell Yourself!'' post got a couple of very good comments on the ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on December 30, 2010
  • This Year's SQL Christmas Card

    This year's Christmas Card is similar to last year's.&nbsp; I used the geometry data type again for a spatial data design.&nbsp; Just download the attachment, unzip the .SQL script and run it in SSMS.&nbsp; Then look at the Spatial Data preview tab for the result. Also don't forget to visit;if your kids want to ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on December 24, 2010
  • Here Comes the FY11 Earmarks Database

    I'm really interested in politics (don't worry, I'm not going to start bashing politicians and hammering you with&nbsp;political rage).&nbsp; The point is when the U.S.&nbsp;FY11 Omnibus Spending Bill (the bill to fund the U.S. Government for another year) was announced it piqued my interest.&nbsp; I'm fascinated by ''earmarks'' (also ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on December 18, 2010
  • re: Sell Yourself! Presentation

    Hey Andy, thanks for the feedback. &nbsp;I actually go more in-depth during the presentation. &nbsp;The point about tailoring your resume is just my observation that it rarely pays off. &nbsp;When a recruiter tells me it's very important to rewrite the resume to emphasize my Java coding skills, for instance, I have to ask the question &quot;do I ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on December 18, 2010
  • Sell Yourself! Presentation

    Thanks to everyone who attended my ''Sell Yourself!'' presentation at SQLSaturday #61 in Washington, D.C., and thanks to NOVA SQL&nbsp;for&nbsp;setting up the event! I'm uploading the presentation deck here in PDF, original length, with new materials (I had to cut some slides out due to time limits).&nbsp; This deck includes a new section on ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on December 5, 2010
  • Try-N-Save SSIS Packages

    The Try-N-Save SSIS Packages from my SSIS Dimensional Data Optimization presentation are available at I'm still working on getting the sample database uploaded - even compressed a backup is larger than SkyDrive's upload filesize limit. I'll script it out when ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on November 29, 2010
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