• Carpe Datum

    Idera's Job Manager - Trying it Out

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    I've downloaded Idera's free Job Manager this morning and I'm going to play with it a little on one of my test systems. Job Management is a difficult thing to visualize, so the Outlook-format this tool has looks interesting to me. Has anyone implemented...
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    Aren’t DBA’s Just System Admins for Databases?

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    Last week I ran into an argument I’ve had since I left the mainframe space decades ago. A developer told me “DBA’s don’t design databases.” The inference was that DBA’s (i.e., Database Administrators) only worry about hardware, security, OS, database...
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    PASS 2008 Conference - Day Five

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    Today was the final day of the conference, but I had a packed house for our discussion on PowerShell and SQL Server. I wanted to blog about one concept I covered in the demo: Why would I use PowerShell when I have SSIS, stored procs, batch files and other...
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    Commenting your Code

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    You should always add descriptive comments to any code that will live longer than a single event. It's useful not only for the other unfortunate souls blessed with your code, but for yourself, years later, when you say "what was I thinking here?"...
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    SQL Server Blogs Around the World

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    As part of my professional "morning ritual", I always parse through various SQL Server Blogs, so I thought I would share a list of those that I follow regularly. Of course, you need to put THIS blog at the top of the list :) - but these are pretty good...
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    The "Clicks" Paradigm

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    I've been doing a couple of BI discussions lately, and I used a term that I thought was more widely spread - the "clicks" paradigm. It has to do with the way data is pushed out to users - whether that is based on OLAP or OLTP data. A "three...
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    Engineering or Manufacturing

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    From the metrics on this blog, I see that many of you are either software developers or are database administrators involved with developing software solutions, either for your own company or for sale. I have often seen the process of creating applications...
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    Have a mentor, be a mentor

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    The word "Mentor" actually comes from Greek literature - it's a character from " The Odyssey ". He advised Odysseus and Telemachus, and the word seems to derive from a term meaning "intent, purpose, spirit, passion". We often think of a mentor in the...
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    You probably have enough

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    This a decidedly non-technical post, and even a little preachy. I post it here because you, the technical professional, are the perfect audience for it. I have enough stuff. I never think so, of course, but I do. I don’t consider myself rich...
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    Is Data Science “Science”?

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    I hold the term “science” in very high esteem. I grew up on the Space Coast in Florida, and eventually worked at the Kennedy Space Center, surrounded by very intelligent people who worked in various scientific fields. Recently a new term...
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    But what can I *do* with Windows Azure? Create (Free) Websites and Applications

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    f you want to know more about Windows Azure, how it works, the components, or more about the entire platform, I’ve written about that here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2012/06/13/windows-azure-write-run-or-use-software.aspx But…...
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    Buck Woody Is on Cloud Nine

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    Microsoft has a culture of “movement”. We encourage our employees to accept new roles, moving forward, rounding out their technical knowledge, taking on new challenges and stretching their intellectual muscles. Today I’m announcing...
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    What’s Microsoft Got Coming out That’s Cool?

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    I was flying last week and struck up a conversation with a gentleman in the seat next to me. He runs a series of Martial-Arts schools in Virginia, and as we talked he asked me “What’s Microsoft got coming out that’s cool?” He was...
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    The Cloud and Platform Independence – and Someplace Really Warm You Can Now Ice-Skate

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    A couple of days ago I posted a blog entry about a conversation I had with someone about a new way of working, and the fact that this was a cool thing. In the midst of the conversation, I mentioned an iPad – a computing tablet from Apple. Now, I’ve...
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    iPad Update and Answering Ray Ozzie

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    This is an odd post – I’ll say that from the outset. It really combines two topics, and both have to do with the cloud, at least a little. Some time ago I posted that I bought an iPad to demonstrate a cloud application. True, anything...
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    The Top-Five Most Valuable Development Team Positions

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    In many organizations, there’s a push to save cost. “Cost” is an integral part of a profit-and-loss statement in the organization. Even if you work in a non-profit organization, cost control is central. Of course, you can take cost-control...
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    Online Password Security Tactics

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    Recently two more large databases were attacked and compromised, one at the popular Gawker Media sites and the other at McDonald’s. Every time this kind of thing happens (which is FAR too often) it should remind the technical professional to ensure...
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    The Proper Use of the VM Role in Windows Azure

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    At the Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) in 2010 we announced an addition to the Computational Roles in Windows Azure, called the VM Role . This new feature allows a great deal of control over the applications you write, but some have confused...
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    Stand-Up Cloud Computing

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    When I was very young, I asked my uncle for career advice. He went silent, thinking for a bit, and then said: “People who work sitting down make more than people who work standing up.” I’m not certain how true that really is, but my career as a technology...
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    Cloud Computing Pricing - It's like a Hotel

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    I normally don't go into the economics or pricing side of Distributed Computing, but I've had a few friends that have been surprised by a bill lately and I wanted to quickly address at least one aspect of it. Most folks are used to buying software...
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    I think I’ve finally made it in life. I have a Bobblehead.

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    I have no idea why the Marketing group at Microsoft made me into a Bobblehead. Other than this is awesome! I think I’ll call him “Lil Buck”.    
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    Back up a single table in SQL Server

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    SQL Server doesn’t have an easy way to take a table backup, so I often use the bcp (Bulk Copy Program) to accomplish the same goal. I’ve mentioned this before, and someone told me when they tried it they couldn’t restore the table – ah the dangers of...
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    It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice

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    I’ve been a little “preachy” lately, telling you that you should let people finish their sentences, and always check a problem out before you tell a user that their issue is “impossible”. Well, I’ll round that out with one more tip today. Keep in mind...
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    What can a week in a cabin without a computer teach you about databases?

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    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...
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    There is No Perfect Information

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    I read a very interesting (and lengthy) article yesterday from Reuter’s ( you can find the whole thing here ) in which the author goes into some detail about people in the government that are self-described “data dogs”. I find it an interesting study...
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