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  • And The Winner Is...

    David Taylor! There were a lot of really great comments on the post titled A Visual Studio 2010 MSDN Seeding Card Giveaway Contest! The judging was completely subjective - just me reading the comments and making a call. One suggestion was apparently plagarized... bummer. All of the projects sound awesome and I hope those who commented will ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 8, 2010
  • A Visual Studio 2010 MSDN Seeding Card Giveaway Contest

    I have a Visual Studio 2010 MSDN Seeding Card to give away. It's good for a year. Rather than just hand it out, I've decided to hold and judge a contest. So tell me - in the comments of this post - what cool project you would like to use the software you can access free for a year? Tell me what you think you can do - what you'd like to try. I'll ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 3, 2010
  • Do you have a data roadmap?

    I often visit companies where they asked me “What is SQL Server’s Roadmap?” What they mean is that they want to know where Microsoft is going with our database products. I explain that we’re expanding not only the capacities in SQL Server but the capabilities – we’re trying to make an “information platform”, rather than just a data store. But ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 13, 2010
  • Vendors: Partners or Salespeople?

    I got a great e-mail from a friend that asked about how he could foster a better relationship with his vendors. So many times when you work with a vendor it’s more of a used-car sales experience than a partnership – but you can actually make your vendor more of a partner, as long as you both set some ground-rules at the start. Sit down with your ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 29, 2010
  • SQL Server for the Oracle DBA Links

    I do a presentation (and a class) called ''SQL Server for the Oracle DBA''. It's a non-marketing overview that gives you the basics of working with SQL Server if you're already familiar wtih how Oracle works. This class and these links DO NOT help you with ''Why should I use Oracle/SQL Server instead of Oracle/SQL Server'' - I'll assume you're ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 28, 2010
  • With Choice Comes Complexity

    ''Complex'' may be defined as ''Having many steps, details or parts.'' Many of Microsoft's products, including SQL Server, can be complex. I'm stating what most data professionals already know - there's usually multiple ways to do things in SQL Server. For instance, to import some data into a table you can use graphical tools, SQLCMD, bcp, ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 14, 2010
  • How to get Microsoft to speak at your event

    If you’re holding a special event, such as a SQL Saturday or a user group, one of the challenges is to get speakers for the event. Now, the best speakers come from the community – people who use the product day-in, day-out. They have a wealth of expertise, and many of them are really great presenters. But from time to time you might want to get a ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 22, 2010
  • Azure MSDN Roadshow - Richmond, VA - 3 Mar 2010

    Woo hoo! There's another MSDN Roadshow coming to town 3 Mar 2010! G. Andrew Duthie (Blog - @devhammer) is co-presenting a 4-hour session on Azure and Windows 7 (among other topics) with David Isbitski (Blog - @thedavedev). I plan to be there! :{> Andy
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 22, 2010
  • Can’t Travel for Training? No Problem

    Right now it’s tough to get businesses to loosen the purse a little and get you out to some training. But you have features in the product that you’re not even able to use because you haven’t been trained. What’s a Data Professional to do? Why, go to free or low cost training over the web, of course! And we’ve got you covered. Here’s the scoop: ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 17, 2010
  • The SQL Server Health Check

    My friend Brent Ozar, who is a top-notch SQL Server Professional, mentioned on his blog (http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2007/04/sql-server-health-check/comment-page-1/#comment-17520) that he brought in Microsoft Support to do a “Health Check”. There were some questions about what this actually entails – so I thought I would post that description ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 11, 2010
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