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  • T-SQL in Chicago – the LobsterPot teams with DataEducation

    In May, I’ll be in the US. I have board meetings for PASS at the SQLRally event in Dallas, and then I’m going to be spending a bit of time in Chicago. The big news is that while I’m in Chicago (May 14-16), I’m going to teach my “Advanced T-SQL Querying and Reporting: Building Effectiveness” course. This is a course that I’ve been teaching ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on March 26, 2012
  • Be the surgeon

    It’s a phrase I use often, especially when teaching, and I wish I had realised the concept years earlier. (And of course, fits with this month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic, hosted by Argenis Fernandez) When I’m sick enough to go to the doctor, I see a GP. I used to typically see the same guy, but he’s moved on now. However, when he has been able to ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on March 12, 2012
  • Supporting Leukemia Research at the Portland Half Marathon

    My company LobsterPot Solutions gives quite a bit to charity. Sometimes it’s working for reduced rates (or even free), but sometimes we give money directly. A Seattle-based friend of mine has CML – one of the types of leukemia, and when I found out she was raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by running marathons through their ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 18, 2011
  • New hires, new site, new location

    Exciting times for LobsterPot – Martin & Heidi joining the team, a new website (, and a Melbourne presence! In March, Martin Cairney joined the team. Martin is a long-time member of the local Adelaide SQL Server community, and has been a friend of mine for some years now. He has spoken at the Adelaide SQL user group before, ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on May 24, 2011
  • LobsterPot submissions for SQLPASS

    My guys are great! When PASS started accepting abstract submissions for their Summit (in October this year), some of the LobsterPot employees immediately started looking into ideas for talks they could do. We rate communication as one of our key values at LobsterPot, and all my staff are keen presenters. Roger Noble was at the PASS Summit ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on May 6, 2011
  • A SQL story in 11 words or less

    Success Quietly Looms. Not quite 11 words, I know. I’ll put more at the end. Definitely SQL related though, right? (And it’s even an acrostic!) Tom LaRock started this, and Stacia Misner tagged me. Monday is over now though (heck, it’s well into Tuesday here), so I’m not going to tag anyone else. I’m not talking about our success (even though ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on April 4, 2011
  • Slide-decks from recent Adelaide SQL Server UG meetings

    The UK has been well represented this summer at the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, with presentations from Chris Testa-O’Neill (isn’t that the right link? Maybe try this one) and Martin Cairney. The slides are available here and here. I thought I’d particularly mention Martin’s, and how it’s relevant to this month’s T-SQL Tuesday. Martin spoke ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on February 7, 2011
  • On technical talent

    In honour of the regular T-SQL Tuesday blogging, the UnSQL theme started, looking at topics that were not directly SQL related, but nevertheless quite interesting. This is the brainchild of Jen McCown, who posted the second of these recently. I’m actually a bit late in responding, as I haven’t got it in my head to look for these posts yet. Still, ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on January 24, 2011
  • Visualising data a different way with Pivot collections

    Roger’s been doing a great job extending PivotViewer recently, and you can find the list of LobsterPot pivots at Many months back, the TED Talk that Gary Flake did about Pivot caught my imagination, and I did some research into it. At the time, most of what we did with Pivot was geared towards what we could do for ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on December 28, 2010
  • One other thing: Why 'LobsterPot'?

    I get this question a lot. I don’t mean just ‘every so often’, I mean all the time. It would average out to daily, but there are still days when I only see people who have already asked. Either way, it’s definitely a lot. And they always put it the same way: “One other thing: Why ‘LobsterPot’?” For me, it’s all a question of branding, which fits ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 19, 2010
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