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  • Troubleshooting workshop at SQL Saturday Richmond and Configuration workshop at SQL Saturday Huntington Beach

    Want to learn more about SQL Server? Now's a good time to get a full day of inexpensive high-quality training on the coast in March and the west coast in April.I hope you'll join me for a full-day troubleshooting and performance tuning workshop on the Friday preceding the Richmond, VA SQL Saturday in March. And in April, I'll be on ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 24, 2015
  • Hello, World! Encore Edition aka Good-bye, Microsoft

    Moving On After nearly nine years at Microsoft, I’ve chosen to move on. I’ve accepted a position at Fusion-io—now a SanDisk company—as Worldwide SQL Server Solutions Architect where I’ll be evangelizing, documenting best practices, collaborating directly with the Windows & SQL product teams & other partners, doing cutting-edge ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on January 28, 2015
  • Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flipping the DW /faster Bit at #SQLSaturday347 / #SQLSatDC

    This weekend on December 6, 2014 I continue my evangelization of Columnstore—possibly the most exciting unheralded feature in SQL Server 2014—at SQL Saturday 347 at an auspicious venue: the Microsoft Technology Center in Chevy Chase, proximal to the US capital city of Washington DC. Register, see the schedule, or see the event home page on the ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on December 5, 2014
  • MVP/SQLPASS Summit Wrapup From a Non-Attendee

      (Or “How I Sort of Attended PASS This Year After All and It Wasn’t as Horrible as it Might Have Been”) Wow, my experience at this year’s MVP Summit and PASS Summit was not at all what I had expected it to be for me just weeks ago when I was planning my trip. Life intervened, and as my blog post last week here explained, the short of it is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 9, 2014
  • Why I am not going to PASS this year

    This is going to be one of my toughest non-technical posts ever. And the reason it will be difficult will have an ancillary relationship to the Lortabs I have been taking for the last two days. It has everything to do with me being at home while the 2014 PASS Summit is going on. Previously, the only Summit I had missed was the first one in ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 25, 2014
  • Two Presentations This Weekend at #SQLSaturday349 in Salt Lake City

    I have the privilege of being selected to fill two slots this weekend at #SQLSaturday349 in Salt Lake City.  The venue is simultaneously hosting the Big Mountain Data event. My talks are: To the Cloud, Infinity, & Beyond: Top 10 Lessons Learned at MSIT & Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flipping the DW /faster ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on October 24, 2014
  • PASS Summit Attendance “Advice”

    Wow, it is fall again, and in a large percentage of the minds of SQL Community members, that means that the PASS Summit is here again. I have been to all of the Summits save the first one, and honestly it has become one of the highlights of my nerd year. I have learned a tremendous amount about SQL, made a lot of real friends, and gained a taste ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 7, 2014
  • SQL Saturday Birmingham #328 Database Design Precon In One Week

    On *August 22, I will be doing my ''How to Design a Relational Database'' pre-conference session in Birmingham, Alabama. You can see the abstract here if you are interested, and you can sign up there too, naturally. At just $100, which includes a free ebook copy of my database design book, it is a great bargain and I totally promise it will ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on August 14, 2014
  • How In-Memory Database Objects Affect Database Design: Hybrid Code

    In my first attempts at building my code, I strictly went with either native or on-disk code. I specifically wrote the on-disk code to only use features that worked in-memory. This lead to one majorly silly bit of code, used to create system assigned key values. How would I create a customer number that was unique. We can’t use the Max(value) + 1 ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on August 8, 2014
  • Developing New Speakers

    There's a lot of discussion about the process of bringing new speakers to a level that allows them to be ready and able to present at major conferences like the PASS Summit.  Andy Warren (@sqlandy) wrote a blog post about a speaker challenge and Brent Ozar (@BrentO) wrote about Speaker 47.  Erin Stellato (@erinstellato) responded to An ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on July 17, 2014
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