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  • Tools and Processes for “Fitting it all in”

    Most data professionals I’ve met work in two modes: we plan for our day, and we react to the situations around us. I’m staring at my list of things that I need to do today right now, which is my planned work. Of course, I have no idea how much of that will really get done – it’s optimistic to be sure. On the other hand I have several systems I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 18, 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
  • More than One Platform

    Many Data Professionals I deal with work with more than just SQL Server. I came from a background of COBOL flat-file databases, worked with Oracle, DB/2, Ingres, and lots of other databases as well. While I find that the SQL Server professionals I know are fine with learning a new platform, many times I’ve run into folks on other platforms that ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 21, 2009
  • Aren’t DBA’s Just System Admins for Databases?

    Last week I ran into an argument I’ve had since I left the mainframe space decades ago. A developer told me “DBA’s don’t design databases.” The inference was that DBA’s (i.e., Database Administrators) only worry about hardware, security, OS, database backups, things like that. He seemed amazed that a DBA would ever do “data” work. It may be the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on November 30, 2009
  • Changing the Primary Key After You Have Data

    Yesterday I blogged about changing a Primary Key (PK) during the design phase, and before you have data in the database. Even then, it’s not trivial to change the data type or column(s) that make(s) up the PK. When you have data in that Primary Key and/or you have Foreign Keys (FK) that point to a PK field, this becomes a much more involved ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on November 24, 2009
  • Microsoft Semantic Engine

    Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is happening next month. I’m not going unfortunately however they do post recordings of all the sessions online so I spent some time today browsing the list of sessions to see if anything took my fancy and indeed one of them did, a session called “Microsoft Semantic Engine”. Here’s the blurb on ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on October 19, 2009
  • SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports

    Buck Woody has a great series going on SQL Server ManagementStudio Standard Reports. The SQL Server team did a great job developing these insightful and intuitive reports. I often show them to customers and during presentations and the response is always positive. :{> Andy
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 11, 2008
  • DreamSpark: Free Software for Students

    This is cool! Microsoft is giving away software - including SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, Windows 2003 Standard Edition, and Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 Professional Editions - to college students. It's called DreamSpark and it puts professional software tools in the hands of students interested in learning more about designing and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 19, 2008
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