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  • Time for the yearly Microsoft Pilgrimage known as the MVP Summit

    One of the most fun events of the year is the MVP Summit if perhaps for no other reason than my preparation for it is packing a suitcase. No presentations to write, prepare for, nothing. No activities that I have to do anything more than show up with my 2 shovels. One for the amazing amounts of knowledge that will be flowing from the Microsoft ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on February 26, 2011
  • MVPs and the Community

    Introduction Earlier this month, David Woods decided to drop his MVP award. The move inspired some interesting comments and discussion among MVPs. David's points are: MVP Expertise Microsoft Technology Products Microsoft ''Listens'' Cost-Benefits for an MVP MVP Expertise After mentioning he's encountered MVPs who are not experts, David ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 11, 2011
  • An honor to be among the SQL Server MVPs

    I just found out last night that I was officially awarded SQL MVP.  I am honored to be among those that I respect and admire.  I don’t contribute for the recognition and as a former MVP Lead I know the caliber of those that contribute to the SQL Server community, and even those that are not MVP, I am grateful for those of you who have ...
    Posted to Ben Miller (Weblog) by dbaduck on January 1, 2011
  • What will I be doing at PASS?

    I felt horrible last year when I missed the MVP Deep Dives book signing at PASS.  I took part instead in a focus group that ran a little late, and still regret it.  So this year I wanted to get a jump on where I'll be, and this will help me stick with it.  So if you'll be at PASS and want to track me down to meet me, catch up, or ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on October 29, 2010
  • Project Phoenix

    Introduction A few years back, Microsoft gave MVPs MSDN Subcription cards they could pass on to others. The cards gave recipients access to a full-year MSDN Ultimate subscription - a $12,000 value. At the time, I was nominated for MVP but not awarded. So an MVP gave me one of the cards. He told me he believed I would be an MVP one day and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 30, 2010
  • Did You Know? MVP Deep Dives is Deal of the Day at Manning!

    If, for who knows what reason, you haven't yet got your copy of the SQL MVP Deep Dives book, you can't pass it up today. It is the ''Deal of the Day'' at Manning, and you can get it for only $25! Check it out at at: (the main Manning page at mentions the deal, in the top right corner) Use ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on July 26, 2010
  • Congratulations MVPs - New and Renewed!

    Microsoft recognizes Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) on the first day of each quarter and yesterday was an ''MVP Day.'' Some people had a great day yesterday. Congratulations to new and renewed MVPs! Others were disappointed. I've been there and want to encourage those nominated and not awarded. You're not doing community stuff for ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 2, 2010
  • Please Vote: Windowing Enhancements in SQL Server

    Back in January 2007, SQL guru Itzik Ben-Gan posted a series of MS Connect enhancement requests concerning windowing function enhancements.  Those who have used the ROW_NUMBER(), RANK(), DENSE_RANK(), and NTILE() functions on SQL 2005 and 2008, you already know how useful they are.  They simplify code and can improve performance ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on November 19, 2009
  • MVP Award Renewal

    On October 1, I received my email stating that I was again renewed as an MVP. One of the greatest honors I have ever received is the Microsoft MVP Award, certainly it is the greatest professional honor. And while there are some benefits to getting the award, I am not honored because of the benefits.  While there are a few benefits that are ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 4, 2009
  • Anatomy of a Geek

    I just got tagged by my old friend Jacob Sebastian at Beyond Relational, and it turns out it's my turn to explain how I became such a geek :) Way back in the day I got my start on the TRS-80 Model III (affectionately known as the ''Trash-80s''), a nice little Z-80 based desktop computer with an 80x25 monochrome screen and a whopping ...
    Posted to Michael Coles: Sergeant SQL (Weblog) by Mike C on October 2, 2009
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