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    The new book is out

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    I've mentioned before that I had a new book coming out. It's finally available on Amazon. Again, I didn't write this one; I was just its editor. It was written by a "dream team" of developers from the SQL Server dev team and support engineers from Microsoft...
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    Origins of khen and foo

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    For those wondering why I use the terms 'khen' and 'foo' so often, here's an article on the etymology of both: http://www.youcancallmeal.com/type/archives/2006/03/origin_of_the_t.php
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    Yukon's management tools

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    As the creator of a few SQL Server-specific tools myself (Sequin, DataPipe, etc.), I have some fairly strong opinions on what type of functionality the tools that come in the white box with SQL Server should have, particularly the GUI apps. At a high...
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    Poll: What are your biggest security concerns for SQL Server 2005?

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    I'm interested to hear what you consider the biggest potential security issues with SQL Server 2005. I've asked previously about concerns regarding SQLCLR ; today I'm widening the net and asking about the entire product. If you have security concerns...
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    Stalled/stuck I/O and SQL Server 2000 SP4

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    Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2000, due out any day now, has a number of new features oriented toward making the product easier to support. One of these is the new detection and reporting of stalled or stuck I/O operations. A stalled I/O is an I/O operation...
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    Blogging from Barcelona

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    I'm in Barcelona for the PASS Europe Conference . It's been a good conference once again, and we've had a great week. My MS colleagues and I put on our SQL Server Boot Camp again and came away thinking that it was our best one yet. We had sessions in...
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    Review: Napster for MCE

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    If, like me, you use a PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition as your home media hub, you’ve probably ventured into online music services a time or two or at least wanted to. Today, I’ll talk about my experiences using one of these, Napster’s plug...
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    Review: Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition

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    If you use a PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition as your home media hub, you’ve probably either already acquired a wireless keyboard of some type or wished you had more than once. I’ve had several and recently switched to Microsoft’s Remote Keyboard...
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    New book coming out

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    Dow Jones' Denis Gobo interviewed me recently about the new book some colleagues and I have got coming out. You can find the interview here . For those who don't know, I am the editor for a new book coming out in December entitled SQL Server 2005 Practical...
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    I'll be at the PASS Summit in Denver

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    I'm being interviewed on stage Friday afternoon from 2:30-3:45 by PASS president Kevin Kline (current session title is "SQL Server Q&A," but I think they'll be changing it). Topics we'll cover will include my background, where SQL Server is headed...
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    To VB or not to VB: VB.NET or C# -- which one should you choose?

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    I get asked pretty often which of these two languages I prefer. I prefer C#. But which one should you choose? That depends. * If you have lots of legacy VB code, VB.NET may be a better choice. VB.NET is a full-featured language and rivals C# in features...
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    Subtle bugs #2

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    Came across this in some code recently. The code excerpt below is part of a larger cmd line application that can be run as both a console app and a service. One of the things it can do is start other processes, optionally trapping their output in a file...
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    I'm enjoying every sandwich

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    (and my wife has started to make comments...) I'm referring, of course, to Kent Tegels' Enjoy Every Sandwich blog over on GeeksWithBlogs.net. Kent has an affable writing style that I look forward to when I see something come across the wire. He's got...
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    Know your enemy

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    In The Art of War , Sun Tzu said, "If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." But, he went on to warn, "If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat....
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    Leaky code?

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    Here's an excerpt from an sp_OA proc code example in the SQL Server 2000 Books Online: DECLARE @object int DECLARE @hr int DECLARE @property varchar(255) DECLARE @return varchar(255) DECLARE @src varchar(255), @desc varchar(255) -- Create an object...
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    Don't rely on undocumented features

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    I'm as guilty as anyone, but, with the advent of Yukon, I think we're really to the point where many of the undocumented features the user community has come to rely on are no longer needed. The SQL Server development team has made a concerted effort...
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    New blog

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    My friend Bart Duncan is now blogging. Bart is one of the top SQL Server performance experts in the world. You can find his new blog here on MSDN at http://blogs.msdn.com/bartd .
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    Subtle bugs

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    Saw some code like this the other day. See if you can tell what’s wrong with it: BOOL bRes=SomeApiThatReturnsBOOL(); if (TRUE==bRes) { SuccessHandler(); } else { FailureHandler(); } The problem is that the API function...
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    Blogging from Seoul

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    I'm currently in Seoul, South Korea assisting with the first 64-way, 64-bit deployment of SQL Server in the world. The 14 and 1/2 hour flight has left me extremely jet-lagged -- I didn't sleep a wink on the flight. I got here last evening, went to bed...
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    PASS Barcelona

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    I'm speaking at the 2006 PASS European Conference in Barcelona. Drop by if you're attending. Hope to see you there.
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    New movie review blog

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    I'm starting a new movie review blog because I wanted to get familiar with Community Server and because I thought my movie reviews really ought to be on their own site rather than clogging up my MSN Spaces blog site . They tend to be much longer than...
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    Nice article for those concerned about runaway CEO compensation

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    http://www.calcsea.org/20051218-nytimes.asp The guy in this story is Ethan Berman, my boss when I was with The RiskMetrics Group . Sounds just like him.
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    New book promotion

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    Addison-Wesley has asked me to mention: Barnes & Noble liked the idea of promoting my books so much last time that they've decided to do it again. For those who don't already have all three of my SQL Server books, B&N is running another 40...
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    Blogs I regularly read

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    Some blogs I regularly read: http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing Written by Raymond Chen, a developer on the MS Windows team. Great stuff if you want to better understand how Windows works, particularly the shell. http://feeds.feedburner.com/sysinternals...
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    The rest is silence

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    I've decided to move all religion-related posts to their own blog over on Blogger. From now on, anything of a religious nature will be posted there rather than on my MSN Spaces blog . Search for my name over there and you should find my new blog .
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