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WANTED: SQL Heroes to win fortune and glory. And possibly a Windows Home Server!

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  • Blog Post: And the winners are...

    [Insert abject apology for the vacation-related delay here. Yes, the turkey-related festivities were great, thanks for asking.] The winners were announced @ SQL PASS 2008 on Friday 21 November. And belated as they may be, here’s the Official Announcement™. BIDS Helper : Greg Galloway, Darren Gosbell...
  • Blog Post: The votes are in. No recounts necessary.

    I know who the winners are, but you’ll have to wait for the results until a week from Friday, though. Heh. The winners will be announced from among our nine finalists on the last day of SQL PASS 2008: Friday 21-November 2008. Be there!
  • Blog Post: Is everyone a winner?

    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...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have SQL 2008 Extended Events Manager

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “SQL 2008 Extended Events Manager”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/ExtendedEventManager/ SQL Hero: Jonathan Matthew Kehayias from the US. Personal Website: http://jmkehayias.blogspot.com A big thanks to Jonathan, on behalf of the...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have ssisUnit

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “ssisUnit”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/ssisUnit   SQL Hero: John Calvin Welch from the US. Personal Website: http://www.agilebi.com A big thanks to John, on behalf of the world and the SQL Server community, for spending...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have QPee Tools 1.0

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “QPee Tools 1.0”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/QPee SQL Hero: Jason Massie from the US. Personal Website: http://statisticsio.com A big thanks to Jason, on behalf of the world and the SQL Server community, for spending his own...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have BIDS Helper

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “BIDS Helper”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/bidshelper SQL Hero: Greg Galloway, Darren Gosbell and John Welch from the US. Personal Website: none specified A big thanks to Greg, on behalf of the world and the SQL...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have Allocation SQL Server Management Studio Add-in

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “Allocation SQL Server Management Studio Add-in”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/SSMSAllocation SQL Hero: Daniel Gould from the UK. Personal Website: http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/danny/Default.aspx A big thanks to Daniel, on behalf...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have SQL CLR Measure Time

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “SQL CLR Measure Time”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/SqlClrMeasureTime SQL Hero: Gorm Braarvig from the Norway. Personal Website: http://gorm-braarvig.blogspot.com/ A big thanks to Gorm, on behalf of the world and the SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have SqlMonitoring Tool.

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “SqlMonitoring Tool”!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/sqlmonitoring SQL Hero: Robert Hartskeerl from the Netherlands. Personal Website: none specified A big thanks to Robert, on behalf of the world and the SQL Server community, for...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner… we have “a hash implement by basic array and link list in C#”

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have “a hash implement by basic array and link list in C#”!! (I’m tempted to make an acronym of that, but I’m not sure that it would help.) Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/hashByArrayLink SQL Hero: Hou Jacky (aka 侯建宇) from Beijing, China...
  • Blog Post: And in this corner... we have CDCHelper!

    Weighing in as a finalist in the SQL Heroes competition, we have CDCHelper!! Project URL: http://www.codeplex.com/CDCHelper/ SQL Hero: Ignat Andrei from Bucharest (Romania) Personal Website: http://serviciipeweb.ro/iafblog For those of you keeping score, I did say that I would blog them...
  • Blog Post: Everybody wants to know...

    Everybody wants to know how many entries there are. Well, everybody who put in an entry anyway. Heh. Next week, we're going to put up the survey for YOU to select your favorites. You're welcome to count them. Heh. I will blog about the entries, one per day, in alphabetical order (by country and...
  • Blog Post: Better late than never...

    OK, so it's been a couple weeks since the contest entry period closed, and I've been remiss in announcing that fact. Sorry!! (Thanks for the reminder, Jonathan.) Over the next couple weeks, I will be blogging a little bit about each qualified entry. After all of the qualified entries are introduced...
  • Blog Post: Wow, will you look at the time?

    Between frenetic RTM activities and summer vacations, I haven't posted in a while. Sorry!! The less-than-one-week countdown has started. Be sure that you've published your CodePlex projects and submitted your contest surveys. We've almost reached the end of the runway...
  • Blog Post: Want to be an open source guinea pig?

    Paula's looking for you. Since you've created a SQL Heroes contest entry, you're obviously a qualified CodePlex Developer™, right? CodePlex project developers wanted - Port 25: The Open Source Community at Microsoft She's just looking to interview you, nothing painful like cosmetics testing or anything...
  • Blog Post: They would be SQL Heroes...

    I love chocolate. I think genetic engineering is interesting, if a little more art than engineering (a lot like software engineering). However, these guys would definitely be SQL Heroes in my book if they were using SQL Server. Better Chocolate Through Supercomputing (ddj.com) You still have time to...
  • Blog Post: Individual T-shirts for entrants going in the mail...

    I've got a few Ts left over after Tech*Ed 2008, and I don't want 'em to go to waste, so I'm going to put T-shirts for individual entrants in the mail next week. Those of you who have signed up already will be getting an email from me asking what size you want (of the limited options we have left). If...
  • Blog Post: Do I have to attend SQL PASS to win?

    Short Answer: No. Longer Answer: Nope. Long-ish Answer: Not at all, but you do have to PLAY to win. Heh. I.e. if you've been putting off creating your CodePlex project and submitting your contest survey, you're running out of time... Old-fashioned USENET Answer*: RTFM Take yer pick! However, we do want...
  • Blog Post: In case you need an excuse to NOT participate...

    Not everybody likes contests apparently... (Foex, I have yet to win anything in the game alpha testing contest that I love playing these days. *pout* ) But Dan seems to have taken an irrational dislike to YOUR contest... I'm starting a crusade at Microsoft to lower the number of contests we run a year...
  • Blog Post: MVP dinner. No pictures. Just contest swag...

    It was cool to meet lots of smart folks at the SQL Server MVP dinner last night. I got a chance to meet some of my long-time heroes! For those of you @ the summit who didn't get your swag (or the size you preferred), come on over to Building 34 when you take a break and we'll get you hooked up. Out of...
  • Blog Post: When does attitude define a SQL Hero?

    Your attitude defines you. Good or bad. For better or worse... If your attitude isn't positive, change it! Every day is another opportunity to start over. SteveW asks the Rhetorical Question of the Day™: "Is this good career advice?" It's rhetorical because he already knows the answer... Here's the advice...
  • Blog Post: Can IT Pros play, too?

    When more than one person whose opinion I respect asks me a "silly" question, I have to reevaluate my assessment of "silly." So... Yes. IT Pros can play, too. It's in the Official Contest Rules ™. I promise. There are no restrictions on the kinds of deliverables that you can check into CodePlex and submit...
  • Blog Post: There are even SQL Heroes in Romania!

    One of the many great things about this job is getting to meet really cool people. Take Cristian, for example. He's an independent consultant, a SQL Server MVP and an instructor who's out there every day teaching people how to better use our products to get their jobs done. [Cristian says,] I’ve been...
  • Blog Post: Get a Hero Hack Pack and get started!

    If you don't have all tools you need to start coding your contest entry (or writing something interesting - since it could just be documents instead of code), you can get them free: Order your own Hero Hack Pack and get started with Open Source. Each Hack Pack contains a trial copy of Windows Server...
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