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  • Why We Write Supplemental - I find out how long it takes to answer the questions myself

    My next entry has ran into a number of issues getting finished, and from the start, I have planned on blogging my “current” answers, so now is as good a time as any. I have taken the questions from all of the previous entries, and have left them as is, but picking the questions I wanted to answer (or wanted to force myself to answer!) To make sure ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on July 17, 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
  • Why We Write #4 - An Interview With Doug Lane

    My next guest is Doug Lane, who has been blogging for the past few years on his website: Doug is also a speaker who has spoken at SQL Saturdays as well as the SQL PASS Summit, and as I write these interview questions was on his way to speak at the SQL PASS Business Analytics conference in 2013. I also liked quite a few of ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on April 23, 2013
  • Why We Write #3 - An Interview With Rob Farley

    In the third entry in this series, we take a turn south, not in quality, but in the geography of our next entrant. Rather our interview target is Rob Farley, who is from (well lives in) Australia.  Rob Farley is a SQL Server MVP, and is quite a busy fellow. He is the owner of a consulting company named LobsterPot Solutions, located in ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on April 8, 2013
  • Why We Write #2 - An Interview With Mark Vaillancourt

    My second guest is Mark Vaillancourt (whose last name makes me very happy for the copy and paste feature), who is an Information Management consultant working for Digineer, and is a Regional Mentor for PASS in Canada. Mark is also a speaker at SQL Saturday events, as well as the SQL PASS Business Analytics conference in 2013. Mark has been ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on March 28, 2013
  • Why We Write #1 - An Interview With Thomas LaRock

    I 've been a writer of trade level technical materials for over 13 years now, writing books, articles, blogs, and even tweets for a variety of outlets, almost exclusively about Microsoft SQL Server. While I won't claim to be the best writer in the world, I feel like I have the process of writing down fairly well, yet, for the life of me, there is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on March 21, 2013
  • Geek City: A Grammar Geek in the Cloud

    Those of you who know me well know that I am usually a stickler for spelling, grammar and proper word usage. I may have even lost a few friends because of what some people see as obsession. I am not infallible, and I do make typos, but I like to try to correct them if possible as soon as I discover them (or as soon as they are brought to my ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on February 28, 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
  • Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices Chapter 8: Release Management Review

    This past year, I contributed a chapter to an anthology book of best practices for working with SQL Server 2012 entitled Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices ( As authors, for publicity we decided to do summary reviews one another's chapters. There are lots of great technical sounding chapters, but when I picked, I ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on January 18, 2013
  • The Year That Was - 2012

    2012 was, simply stated, a year that kicked my butt.  When I wasn't struggling professionally, I was struggling personally.  Health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, and the passing of my father soon after Thanksgiving marked my biggest struggles.  I apologize to those of you who are normally on my Christmas ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2012
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