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  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: Get Your Data On with SQL Server and Visual Studio

    When data is transformed into information it becomes a powerful and actionable tool for decision-making. But data doesn't exist in a vacuum. Some of the best SQL server tools for data development run within Visual Studio. Paul Laberge and Jonathan Rozenblit show you how to harness the power of SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–7th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–6th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Geek out at DevTeach Vancouver!

    Monday May 28th to June 1st DevTeach comes to Vancouver with sessions on everything from Agile, to web, to SQL, to the cloud! DevTeach visits Vancouver every other year. The event is designed for developers and features lots of familiar names and great speakers! There is nothing quite like a conference...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Azure lab available (How to move data to SQL Azure)

    The SQL Azure labs site is a great place to explore and play with SQL Azure! You are probably already using SQL Server and may be working with or wondering about SQL Azure. Often when I want to explore a technology, I find reading a blog post or MSDN article isn’t enough to make me comfortable. I need...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Roadmap to Denali Webcast Series

    SQL Server Denali, so many great features for reporting, high availability, business intelligence, and more . If you haven’t had time to sit down and start learning about what’s new in the latest release of SQL Server, join Microsoft Canada for a weekly webcast series to help discover and understand...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011 SQL Server and Data Platform Track Resources

    A few days ago I posted the resources for the TechDays 2011 Communications and Collaboration track.  This post is intended to provide those who attended session in the Data Platform track to be able to continue their learning with the resources listed for each of the sessions delivered at TechDays...
  • Blog Post: Great Content in the Nations Capital!

    TechDays is going to rock Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. But we haven’t forgotten the rest of the country! TechDays is sponsoring a number of events across Canada so even if you can’t make it to TechDays this year, you don’t have to miss out! In Ottawa, Microsoft is a proud sponsor and is even providing...
  • Blog Post: Reason #11 To Attend TechDays–The Data Platform Content Area

    We’ve revealed the keynotes , the Windows Client and Phone Track , the Developer Tools, Languages and Framework track , the Developer Practices & Architecture , and the Cloud Computing and Online Services track, but the one thing that all of these have in common is the need to access, store, and...
  • Blog Post: Come Learn SQL Azure in Ottawa

    Come join me as I will be presenting this Friday in Ottawa on SQL Azure at CTE Solutions . I grew up on SQL Server, but it really isn’t that hard to get up to speed on SQL Azure. A lot of features are the same, but there are a few key differences you need to know. In this session I will be talking about...
  • Blog Post: How to Move Data from One Table to Another

    I recently saw a post on Stack Overflow asking how do you copy specific table data from one database to another in SQL Server. It struck me I should share the solution to this with others because it is such a handy trick. Often I set up test data and want to quickly copy it to another table, or a co...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Your Code Demos Rock!

    Do you present at user groups, or conferences? Maybe you have to walk through your code at team meetings. Regardless, there are a number of little things you can do to make your code demonstrations more effective. Whether you are working with SQL Server Management Studio , Visual Studio , or the Command...
  • Blog Post: SQL Injection and the “Flintstones/Jetsons” Way to Deal with Licence Plate Cameras

    Click the photo to see it at full size. “Flintstones/Jetsons” is a term that Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo uses to describe technology solutions that are a combination of low- and high-tech. It’s probably an apt term for what the driver of the Renault in the photo above is doing to foil licence plate cameras...
  • Blog Post: OttawaSQL.net’s “Disaster Recovery for DBAs” Night: October 15 at Microsoft Ottawa

    Database disaster recovery is the theme of the night at OttawaSQL.net’s event next Thursday, October 15th . The evening will comprise two sessions: Understanding and communicating business-orientated disaster recovery concepts and objectives (6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.) So you have a database maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Recap of My Application Platform Webcast Series

    Over the past month I have conducted a series of webcasts that focus on 3 key technologies that all web developers using Microsoft technology should know about. The main audiences for these webcasts are web developers and providers of IT services for small businesses, but if you're looking for a primer...
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