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  • Why "Tailoring" Your Resume Is Bad

    I was just writing a response to a comment on my ''Sell Yourself!'' presentation (http://sqlblog.com/blogs/michael_coles/archive/2010/12/05/sell-yourself-presentation.aspx#comments), and it started getting a little lengthy so I decided to turn it into a blog post.  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
  • PowerShell PowerPack Download

    I read Jeffery Hicks’ article in this month’s Redmond Magazine on a new add-in for Windows PowerShell 2.0. It’s called the PowerShell Pack and it has a some great new features that I plan to put into place on my production systems as soon as I finished learning and testing them. You can download the pack here if you have PowerShell 2.0. I’m ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 7, 2010
  • Lessons from Volunteering

    Saturday I volunteered at a work-day at our church. Our building is one of the first buildings built in this area of Washington, so it’s a beautiful old structure, which of course means there’s lots of maintenance. I’m fairly decent with tools, I’ve done some woodworking in my day, and I’ve even rebuilt a car or two. But working on a structure ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 23, 2010
  • Know Your Product Specifications

    As the Data Professional in your organization, the rest of the org looks to you to ensure that the system can handle what the business requires. To do that, you need to know two things: what the business requires, and what SQL Server can do. But of course there’s a bit more to it than that. Knowing the business side of the requirements – well, I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 13, 2010
  • SQL Server Best Practices: Protect CmdExec

    In SQL Server, there are times that you need to do things in the operating system, and to allow that there is a feature called CmdExec. This is not always a good thing –whenever you leave the confines of SQL Server and go out to the operating system, you can cause issues, not the least of which are security-related. This best practice is ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 3, 2009
  • "SQL Server MVP Deep Dives" Book Available for Early Access/Pre-Orders

    The MVP authored book, SQL Server MVP Deep Dives is now available for early access and pre-orders at http://manning.com/nielsen/.  The book is divided into 5 sections that cover everything from building a proper relational database to developing BI solutions: 1. Database Design and Architecture 2. Database Development 3. Database ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on September 16, 2009
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