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  • Blog Post: The Data Science Laboratory Series is Complete

    I wrote a series of articles on creating a Data Science Laboratory over on Simple-Talk - you can find the complete list of articles below. The series covers installing various software tools and packages on a Virtual Machine running the Windows operating system. I think there's no substitute for installing...
  • Blog Post: Staying Current on Technology for your Organization

    As a Technical Professional , your company, firm, group or organization looks to you for guidance on their technical systems. You're expected to apply the best technology solutions that you can to a given business or science problem or opportunity. That can be quite difficult to do. If you are in...
  • Blog Post: Create your own MCM Program - Learning to Learn

    A lot of electronic ink has been spilled over our recent (and sudden) announcement that we are retiring the highest-level certifications here at Microsoft. At the same time, I'll be teaching a one-day class at the SQL Saturday event in Cambridge, UK on certifications. Are certifications worth the effort...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Windows Azure Training Kit (WATK)

    Windows Azure is a platform that allows you to write software, run software, or use software that we've already written. We provide lots of resources to help you do that - many can be found right here in this blog series. There are two primary resources you can use, and it's important to understand what...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure End to End Examples

    I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts...
  • 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: Azure Design Patterns

    I have a lot of learning resources you can find here at my blog, but I wanted to point one out this morning. It's a Silverlight application called "Azure Design Patterns". You can find it at http://azuredesignpatterns.com/, and it's an interesting way of looking at concepts and patterns for Azure interactively...
  • 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: 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: SQL Azure Use Case: Web-based Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx Description: Some applications lend themselves...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Emulators On Your Desktop

    Many people feel they have to set up a full Azure subscription online to try out and develop on Windows Azure. But you don’t have to do that right away. In fact, you can download the Windows Azure Compute Emulator – a “cloud development environment” – right on your desktop...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Learning Plan - Other Features

    This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here . This one deals with the Application Fabric for Windows Azure. It serves three main purposes - Access Control, Caching, and as a Service Bus. Overview and Training Overview...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Learning Plan - Storage

    This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here . This one deals with Storage for Windows Azure. Overview Overview and general information about Windows Azure Storage - what it is, how it works, and where you can learn more...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Pollination

    I was reading this post on J.D. Meier's Blog, which deals with the “cloud” (I really dislike that term) . You might wonder what that has to do with SQL Server, since it isn’t specifically about SQL Azure. I’ll come back to that in a moment. I play a little music now and then, on the keyboards and with...
  • Blog Post: What can a week in a cabin without a computer teach you about databases?

    I’m back from a week (actually a week and two days) of being quite isolated in a cabin at the Mark Twain National State Park is Florida, Missouri. I took only a book and a guitar, and enough things to eat for the week, and not even much of that. Oh, and of course I took coffee. I said I was “Roughing...
  • Blog Post: The Most Effective Learning Methods – The Results

    Yesterday I posted a blank graph and asked where you thought the labels should go for the most effective learning methods, according to a study they read to me and other teachers here at the University of Washington. Here are the labels in the correct order according to that study – and remember, “Teaching...
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