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  • 50ths… SQL Saturday and Life

    This week I will experience a couple of events associated to the number 50. SQL Saturday Atlanta The second will be my 50th SQL Saturday Event! (49th speaking, 1 attended in casual mode… 50th speaking Saturday will be in August at SQL Saturday Louisville).  This weekend is SQL Saturday Atlanta. It is one of my favorite events, not just for ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on July 11, 2017
  • Father, Son, Daughter, and SQL

    I don't love Father's Day. Mostly because I spoke to my father for the last time on Father's day back in 1996. He wasn't feeling well, we exchanged a few pleasantries, and the words I remember were: "I don't feel well, let me give you to your mother." Better than the actual last word's that Marshall got: "that fungus thing is acting ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on June 18, 2017
  • SQLPass NomCom election: Why I voted twice

    Did you already cast your votes for the SQLPass NomCom election? If not, you really should! Your vote can make a difference, so don’t let it go to waste. The NomCom is the group of people that prepares the elections for the SQLPass Board of Directors. With the current election procedures, their opinion carries a lot of weight. They can reject ...
  • Why We Write #7 - An Interview with Allan Hirt

    For today's entry (and after a brief side trip through my own experiences), I move just slightly out of the SQL realm to a Microsoft Clustering MVP. Ok, in reality he is very much a SQL Server expert/guru (having taught for the SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Masters courses), and has been for many years. He just spends more of his (at least ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on August 6, 2013
  • A wee bit exhausted… time to reenergize

    I admit it. I am tired and I have not blogged nearly enough. This has been a crazy year, with the book I finished writing, the pre-cons I have done (teaching is NOT my primary profession so I do a lot more prep than some others probably do), lots of training on Data Warehousing topics (from Ralph Kimball, Bob Becker, and Stacia Misner, to name ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on December 10, 2012
  • T-SQL User-Defined Functions: the good, the bad, and the ugly (part 1)

    So you thought that encapsulating code in user-defined functions for easy reuse is a good idea? Think again! SQL Server supports three types of user-defined functions. Only one of them qualifies as good. The other two – well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? The bad: scalar functions A scalar user-defined function (UDF) is very much like a ...
  • Did You Know? My book is at the printers!

    I know it's been a while since my last post, and there is a specific reason for that, which I am going to tell you about. On February 5th, I emailed to my editor the LAST chapter of my new book, after the author reviews and all comments from the editors were answered. I was technically done, except for a bit of work on the Intro, etc. Less than an ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on February 18, 2009
  • Did You Know? It's Official...I'm a Geek!

    I almost didn't respond to the request for an interview with Richard Morris of Simple Talk. There were a few strange things in the request that made me think it might be spam or phishing. But I asked some trusted colleagues, and found out it was for real, and you can read the result ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on September 16, 2008
  • [OT] Alive and kicking

    Wow! Would you believe that it’s almost five months since my last blog post? How time flies.   No, I have not forgotten about you. I know you’ve all been faithfully checking the site (or your feed) each day, maybe even each hour, to get my next post. What can I say? I’m sorry for keeping you waiting so long.   The truth is, that I have ...
  • Did You Know? My Son is Entertaining Bill Gates

    I can't help it; I'm a mother. I am so excited about what my son is doing that I just have to share it. My #2 son  is a budding actor and vocalist, and to earn money this summer he is working as a clown for a large organization that provides clowns, rides, games, balloon artists and magicians to local events. I found out several months ago ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on July 10, 2008
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