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  • Post PASS Summit 2016 Resolutions - Followup

    Last year I started a new tradition for myself that will last until I specifically retire from the SQL Server community, something that I practically promise isn't coming in next year's resolutions. As this is the end of the PASS year, with the Summit coming up next week, it is time to see how I did with regards to what I said I would do. I didn't ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 20, 2016
  • Where have I been? Where will I be?

    SQL Saturday Orlando has been postponed. I won't be able to make it for the make up day, so that part of this blog has changed. Not the part about me loving the folks down there. They are still awesome!  I again have not blogged so much that I don't show up in the list on, but it is about time to start blogging again. Where ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 3, 2016
  • How Sure Are You of Your PASS Summit Abstract?

    You know who you are. You have a presentation idea that has been percolating since last October. You have asked friends and coworkers if it is a good idea. You may have presented it at 10 SQL Saturdays to thunderous appreciation. You may have even tried to submit last year but was turned down.  You have this abstract written and may have even ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on February 16, 2016
  • Post PASS Summit Resolutions

    Many years I have tried early in the year to list a set of “New Year’s Resolutions” but one thing I have noted every year is it isn’t New Year’s Day that is the defining part of my year, but rather it is the PASS Summit that defines my year. Usually, by the time the end of October rolls around, I am pretty spent. The summer has ended, and all of ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 9, 2015
  • Thank *you* for my SQL Server MVP Award…

    Today, I was awarded (at least) one more time with the Microsoft MVP Award. This makes 12 years, and with this, my 11th renewal, I have yet to feel like it is something I can take for granted (you don’t want to be around me the last week of September!). It has been a great time so far, and I have no idea how many years I will be back (admittedly, ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 1, 2015
  • Upcoming Speaking Engagements in Indianapolis and Louisville

    Mercy, July is flying past at breakneck pace isn't it? The best part of July passing into the history books is that August has me speaking at two SQL Saturday's, one of them being a first time for me. On August 8 I will travel up to Indianapolis for SQL Saturday #402, a city I have been to a few times previously but not for a SQL Saturday. My ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on July 18, 2015
  • Speaking this weekend at SQL Saturday 286 - Louisville

    Wow, where does the time go? Hope I see every reader there in Louisville this weekend for a lovely time. Say you live in Alaska and it would be too far to go in one day? Hey, we all have our problems (and don't tell anyone, but I am going to try to finish up video versions of these sessions by the end of the year.. shh.) I will be doing my ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on June 19, 2014
  • Why We Write #8 - An Interview With Stacia Misner

    Today's interviewee is someone who is quite a prolific writer, with her most recent book being Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, having been released in May of 2013; and if you check out her Linkedin page (, you will find 12 other books she has either authored or co-authored. And that is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on August 27, 2013
  • Why We Write #5–An Interview With Jason Strate

    My next guest is a person I have known for years, and have worked with on several occasions, Jason Strate (@stratesql). Jason is a very active writer and speaker (at my first SQL Saturday event, he spoke four times!), and always seems very busy. His blog ( had 23 posts just last month, and his twitter account is always active with ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on May 19, 2013
  • Capturing Attention: Writing Great Session Descriptions

    One of the best ways we can differentiate ourselves and further our careers is to get out of the office… and onto a stage. Presenting can give you name recognition; open doors to new opportunities; help you gain a deeper understanding of technology (teaching a topic often forces you to learn it at a much deeper level); and for many people it's ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on February 22, 2013
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