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  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 12) - 20 Master Plots

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for a year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for May 2012 was: 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias . This is my final book review - at least for this...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 11) - Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for April 2012 was: Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform . I was traveling at the end of...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 10) - The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for March 2012 was: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick . I was traveling at the...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 9) - Designing Data Visualizations

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for Feruary 2012 was: Designing Data Visualizations by Noah Iliinsky and Julie Steele . Why I chose this book: As part of the "Data...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 8) - The Elements of Persuasion

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for January 2012 was: The Elements of Persuasion by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman . Why I chose this Book: As I mentioned in a previous...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 7) - Think Stats

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for December 2011 was: Think Stats, by Allen B. Downey .  Why I chose this Book: I originally chose another book for this month, but...
  • Blog Post: Book review (Book 6) - Wikinomics

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for November 2011 was: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott     Why I chose this Book: I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 5) - The Cloud of Unknowing

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for October 2011 was: The Cloud of Unknowing, Anonymous : The role of faith in life. Once again, this is out of order, but the book came...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 4) - Predictably Irrational

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for September 2011 was: Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 3) - Favorite Folktales from Around the World

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for August 2011 was: Favorite Folktales from Around the World, by Jane Yolen . Why I chose this Book: No, this isn’t a technical book or...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 2) - Rhetoric by Aristotle

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for July 2011 was Rhetoric, by Aristotle. You can read it here for free: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/a/aristotle/a8rh/ Why I chose this...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 1) - Programming Windows Azure by Siriram Krishnan

    As part of my professional development, I’ve created a list of books to read throughout the year, starting in June of 2011. This a review of the first one, called Programming Windows Azure by Siriram Krishnan . You can find my entire list of books I’m reading for my career here: http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

    I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently presented a few sessions on a “ SQL...
  • Blog Post: Computer books are dead. Well, some of them, anyway.

    I read a lot. I mean a LOT. It seems that computer professionals have much in common with medical professionals – we have to read in order to stay on top of our game. For me, this used to mean web sites, magazines, and other print medium, and of course lots of books. I’ve even written several computer...
  • Blog Post: What Role for IT Infrastructure in a Cloud Environment?

    Most companies I deal with are seriously considering a cloud strategy. When you evaluate the benefits of a platform as a service, it makes sense to do that. But some of the folks I talk to are those who buy, build, configure and administer systems like file servers, mail servers, and database servers...
  • Blog Post: Book review: Microsoft System Center Enterprise Suite Unleashed

    I know, I know – what’s a database guy doing reading a book on System Center? Well, I need it from time to time. System Center is actually a collection of about 7 different products that you can use to manage and monitor your software and hardware, from drive space through Microsoft Office, UNIX systems...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Challenge – Tools for Thought Site

    A good friend of mine years ago showed me this web site: http://www.rheingold.com/texts/tft/ . I took my lunch hour each day for a week or so and read each “page” on this site. It deals with computer technology history in a way that I had never read before. As I study each new trend in computer and database...
  • Blog Post: The 20 Queries

    In the book “The Fourth Paradigm” , Jim Gray describes the modeling process he came up with modeling large databases. He was working with scientists, researchers and others, and the data sets they were generating were huge – terabytes of data at a time. To even come up with an entity model was a daunting...
  • Blog Post: The Fourth Paradigm

    Microsoft Research published a book based on Dr. Jim Gray’s research into Computer Science, called “The Fourth Paradigm”. It’s about 300 pages long, and it fascinated me so much I stayed up reading it last night. I have so many notes to decompress it will take me weeks. If you’re a data professional...
  • Blog Post: Great new Whitepaper on High Availability

    Paul Randal, he of SQLskills.com fame, has published a new whitepaper on High Availability with SQL Server. If you follow any SQL Server news or blog sites, you’ve probably already see the announcement for it, but I wanted to mention it here in case you haven’t seen it yet. There are certain references...
  • Blog Post: Book Review – Windows Server 2008 How To

    In the past couple of weeks I’ve posted some articles on how to tune a Windows system for SQL Server. Microsoft SQL Server DBA’s are a bit different than a DBA on, say, a mainframe, because we also have to know the operating system we run on pretty well. In fact, most of the DBA’s I work with can install...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Unleashed

    I just finished reading the latest version of PowerShell Unleashed last night. Although there are some really great chapters (like the discussion on security), I don't recommend this book as your first introduction to PowerShell. To be fair, the authors don't pitch it that way at all, but I think if...
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