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  • Playing the Third-Party Recruiter Game (T-SQL Tuesday #093)

    Finding a new job can be a long and stressful proposition. This holds true even for skilled candidates. And even for skilled candidates in an atmosphere like we have in 2017—in which everyone who is employable is, for the most part, employed, and IT positions often stay open for months due to a lack of qualified people. This is a great time to ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on August 8, 2017
  • The Guru (T-SQL Tuesday #089)

    I became a consultant a bit earlier in my career than was probably wise. The going was rough at first, with periods of feast and periods of famine. Although I had several clients, I didn’t understand how to sell services or schedule my workload, and so I’d wind up either doing huge amounts of work for a few weeks, or absolutely nothing some other ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on March 14, 2017
  • Solving the Net Changes Problem with Temporal Tables (T-SQL Tuesday #087)

    SQL Server 2008 was perhaps not the meatiest of SQL Server releases, but it did have one especially promising feature: Data change detection. Or maybe two features, depending on how you look at things. I’m talking, of course, about the almost confusingly similarly named Change Data Capture and Change Tracking. Change Data Capture was the big ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on February 14, 2017
  • The SQL Genie (T-SQL Tuesday #086)

    At some point a long time ago, when I was first getting serious about SQL Server, I became aware of an open secret. You see, there was this special Microsoft alias called “sqlwish.” Those in the know could send an e-mail and pass along suggestions for improving the product. And they wouldn’t just vanish into thin air; some actual member of the ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on January 10, 2017
  • T-SQL Tuesday Rules of Engagement

    Just over seven years ago (wow, does time fly!) I launched T-SQL Tuesday. The core idea is simple: Each month, one blogger acts as “host.” He or she is responsible for choosing an interesting topic in or related to the SQL Server realm. Then a bunch of other bloggers all write articles on that topic. Finally, the hosting blogger puts together a ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on January 3, 2017
  • A Computer Scientist Meets T-SQL

    There I was. A freshly printed bachelor's degree in Computer Science tucked under my arm, I walked into my First Real Job. I'd never touched the technologies I was going to work with--ASP 3.0 and SQL Server--but my employer knew that, and I figured I'd be able to pick things up relatively quickly. After all, I'd been programming since the 2nd ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on August 9, 2011
  • T-SQL Tuesday #21 - A Day Late and Totally Full of It

    “This ugly hack is only temporary,” you think. Six months later, a coworker curses your name, sacrificing a chicken to any deity that will help expedite your getting struck down by lightning, a school bus, or both. Crap code. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all created it. We’re all guilty. Yes, even you. Sometimes our crap is purposeful—the ugly, ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on August 3, 2011
  • A Year of Tuesdays: T-SQL Tuesday Meta-Roundup

    Just over a year ago I kicked off T-SQL Tuesday, ''a recurring, revolving blog party.'' The idea was simple:Each month a blog will host the party, and about a week before the second Tuesday of the month a theme will be posted. Any blogger that wishes to participate is invited to write a post on the chosen topic. The event is called ''T-SQL ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on December 7, 2010
  • Better Late Than Never: T-SQL Tuesday #008 - Gettin' Schooled

    Apologies for the late reminder; tomorrow is T-SQL Tuesday. This month's event is hosted by Robert Davis over at SQL Server Central and the theme is ''Gettin' Schooled.'' How do you learn? Or how do you teach? Have you learned anything interesting recently that you'd like to share? Post about it! For full details see Robert's blog. By the way, ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on July 12, 2010
  • T-SQL Tuesday #006: LOB Data

    Just a quick note for those of you who may not have seen Michael Coles's post (and a reminder for the rest of you): The topic of this month's T-SQL Tuesday is LOB data. Get your posts ready; next Tuesday we go big!
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on May 6, 2010
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