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  • Blog Post: Nulls are always a problem.

    Anybody who’s ever jousted with nullable database columns will find this humorous: The Vermillion Screen of Death (Raw Materials Comic Strip) Well, I did anyway.
  • Blog Post: Sybase loves AdventureWorks2008?

    A SQL Ranger friend of mine in the UK gave me the heads up to this yesterday. (Thanks, Ben!!) Apparently, back in December 2008, Sybase ported some of our samples to SQL Anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve got mixed feelings about Sybase porting AdventureWorks to their platform. Sort of like a cherry-cheese...
  • Blog Post: I’ve had data days like that...

    Brian Walker has a good pair of articles on Thou Shalt Nots™: I had the chance to examine three business databases in five weeks and I'm still staggered by what I found. These are SQL Server databases serving as critical business foundations for companies generating millions of dollars in revenue per...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

    In a striking change of direction, I'm happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs. Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification,...
  • Blog Post: Bad data models can happen to good people.

    What seems like one person's "good" natural key can make another person wish like the dickens that that somebody had used a synthetic key, eh? I was happily blogging away ( elsewhere ), when I encountered this fun little, specific (but unhelpful) error from Windows Live Writer: Server Error...
  • Blog Post: Nominate your SQL Server wins for the 2008 TDWI Best Practices Awards!

    Vote early and often for your favorite implementations on your favorite platform! (Hint: your favorite platform is SQL Server.) Have you completed a data warehouse or business intelligence implementation that you think other organizations could learn from? Would you like some recognition for your accomplishment...
  • Blog Post: It's been real and it's been fun... Now here's The Quiz.

    This month (on top of all the other excitement), I've been the facilitator for the MVP Academy course "Designing Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Databases." (Calling me the instructor would be like putting lipstick on a pig -- with apologies to the pig.) If you're not an MVP or if you...
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