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  • My last SQL Event as a Nashvillian… SQL Saturday Nashville #581

    Of course, technically, I live in Thompsons Station, about 20 miles south of Nashville, and technically this event will be held in Murfreesboro, also 20 miles south of Nashville, and 30 miles south of Thompsons Statiion. But this is splitting hairs. I am leaving the Nashville area for the Chattanooga area (again, 20 miles away in Cleveland, TN) at ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on January 5, 2017
  • Three Lessons Learned in 2016

    Some folks do not like to read posts of a more personal nature or posts that contain religious references. If you are one of those people, you have been forewarned. I’ve read lots of posts from people who are ready for 2016 to be over. I understand their reasons. Celebrities, friends, and family have passed away this year. The world economy ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 31, 2016
  • A Tale of Software Development, Testing, and Demos

    Public Failure and Humiliation I delivered an SSIS Academy presentation yesterday, the first of many (I hope). You can view the recording here (free, but registration required). If you watch around the 57:30 mark, you will notice I encounter a bug in SSIS Catalog Compare around 59:15. My subsequent demo of CatCompare – the command-line interface ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 30, 2016
  • PASS Summit 2015 - I have a Lightning Talk!

    I will once again be going to the PASS Summit.  This year I will have a 10 minute Lightning Talk on Rethinking the Resume. Essentially, we will discuss various ways to make your Resume stand out and show some examples of how others have rethought their resume.  I have reviewed 100s of resumes over the years and I want to share ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 23, 2015
  • Professional Development - A Recipe for Success

    Originally appearing at ForITPros.com. My friend Joe Webb's father-in-law spent most of his adult life as a cardiologist. That's a highly specialized and highly technical area in the field of medicine that deals with the heart. Not every physician can claim to be a cardiologist. It requires rigorous training under the close supervision ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 6, 2015
  • Professional Development - What a Difference 60 Years Makes

    Originally appearing at ForITPros.com. In 1957, the Soviet-made Sputnik streaked across the sky in low earth orbit. It was clearly visible to millions of concerned Americans. The Soviet government had leapfrogged America technologically. The dot that traversed the nighttime sky marked a change in international politics and fueled the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 30, 2015
  • Professional Development - Set the Bar High

    Originally appearing at ForITPros.com. Henry Ford is reported to have once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you’re right.”That’s great insight. Too often people place self-imposed and artificial limitations on themselves. They tell themselves that they cannot accomplish something because they aren’t smart enough or ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 23, 2015
  • Professional Development - Interviews are a Two-way Street

    Originally appearing at ForITPros.com. I was recently chatting with a friend who was seeking advice about difficulties in their job. This was a job which, a year ago, she described as her dream job. It quickly became evident to her that it was actually a nightmare job. The company, her coworkers, and her boss were all dysfunctional in ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 16, 2015
  • Professional Development - The Stradivarius of Teams

    Originally appearing at ForITPros.com. A world-class violinist was on campus for an artist-in-residence program. While at lunch he was discussing what he perceived to be the similarities between management and great music. Said the violinist, “I have glorious music, a splendid instrument, and an exquisite bow. All I need to do is bring ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 9, 2015
  • Professional Developement - Digging for Gold

    Andrew Carnegie, once the wealthiest man on earth, came from humble beginnings. As a young boy, he worked a number of odd jobs. His hard work, industrious nature, and persistence eventually led him to become the largest steel manufacturer in the United States.Once, during an interview, Carnegie was asked how he had hired 43 millionaires. At ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 2, 2015
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