Without getting into the philosophical question for the ages “Is everyone a winner?”, the question came up about Finalists­® over the weekend. Because we had to kick a number of entries that didn’t meet the simple rules outlined in the Official Contest Rules®, we have fewer than 15 qualified entries. This means that everybody blogged about so far is a Finalist®.

They haven’t won any prizes, yet, since the SQL Rangers have just started picking through the code with their Fine-Toothed Combs®. After all, the suspense will remain in place until morale improves (or until SQL PASS 2008) whichever comes first. Heh.

To summarize, here’s the list of SQL Heroes 2008 Contest Finalists:

SQL Hero(es) Project
Ignat Andrei http://www.codeplex.com/CDCHelper/
Hou Jacky http://www.codeplex.com/hashByArrayLink
Robert Hartskeerl http://www.codeplex.com/sqlmonitoring
Gorm Braarvig http://www.codeplex.com/SqlClrMeasureTime
Daniel Gould http://www.codeplex.com/SSMSAllocation
Greg Galloway (with Darren Gosbell and John Welch) http://www.codeplex.com/bidshelper
Jason Massie http://www.codeplex.com/QPee
John Calvin Welch http://www.codeplex.com/ssisUnit
Jonathan Matthew Kehayias http://www.codeplex.com/ExtendedEventManager/

Five of those projects are expected to win a Windows Home Server® very much like the one that sits quietly next to the TiVo and Xbox 360 underneath my LCD TV.

Yes, I’ve actually used the Home Server restore-from-backup feature to recover accidentally deleted Files of Great Importance® and thereby saving my marriage. Yes, the Home Server is quieter than the Xbox 360 when the DVD is spinning. (I have one of the older Elites before they got the quiet new optical drives that come with the new Xbox 360s.)

Don’t forget to vote! SQL Heroes 2008 Community Finalists Survey