SQL Heroes

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

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  • Blog Post: One more day to go...

    Tomorrow we’re going to announce the SQL Heroes winners before the keynote @ SQL PASS 2008. Be there!
  • 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: Some of you have already voted... for your favorite SQL Hero... the rest of you are overdue!

    Our survey got posted to Connect a little while back (life and work kept getting in the way of posting all the entries). Those of you who spend more time on Connect than is strictly healthy have already seen it and voted. There are a lot of overachievers in the SQL Server community, I tell ya’. For the...
  • 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: Just in time...

    The end of the contest runway is fast approaching... and we've got some great entries! To celebrate, the WHS team has released Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 so that it will be ready and waiting if/when your entry wins. But you have to play to win, right? Get your Official Contest Entry ™ in...
  • 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: It's time to update your entries for SQL Server 2008 RC0...

    I realize that I've been MIA for a couple weeks (but I have really good excuses - heh!), but I'm sure that everyone's been waiting patiently for this: Reed Me : SQL Server 2008 RC0 Samples are up! Now that RC0 is out the door, it's time to either update your entry or step up and create one (it's easy...
  • 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: What is the Ms-PL? Why do I need one?

    Instead of cribbing the whole text of the Ms-PL and dropping it here, I'll just refer you to the source: Open Source at Microsoft: Licenses: Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) That hopefully answers the "what" question. The "why" question is a little more interesting... You need one because: Your contest...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Can SQL Heroes around the world play, too?

    Since I've gotten the question more than once, I'll answer it here and then point y'all back to the Official Contest Rules ™. See section 3.0 which is entitled "Can you enter?" The simple answer is: Yes. Unless, of course, you work for Bill (like I do) or live in a couple of countries that are off-limits...
  • Blog Post: How much time do you really have?

    For anybody who hasn't actually written non-trivial software, it might seem like the contest window that we've allowed for submissions is HUGE! The rest of us know that it's probably not enough time to do what you want to accomplish (i.e. writing a winning collection of SQL Server 2008 implementation...
  • Blog Post: The T-shirts have arrived.

    It's Official™! The T-shirts are in and locked away in the super-secret swag vault somewhere deep in the bowels of Building 35... The only way you're going to get one is to ask me nicely (first and foremost) and show up at one (or more) of the following: The MVP Global Summit (14-17 April 2008 in Seattle...
  • Blog Post: Who are the judges? What is a SQL Ranger?

    If you've read the Official Contest Rules ™, you've seen that the Official Contest Judges™ will be members of the SQL Ranger Community™. If you know what a SQL Ranger is, you can probably stop reading now. If you know what the Microsoft Certified Architect:Database certification, it's easy to explain...
  • Blog Post: What does Hayden Panettiere have in common with SQL Server?

    "What does Hayden Panettiere have in common with SQL Server?" might seem like a bizarre title for a first-post, but I'm going somewhere with it, so bear with me. (Let's just hope it's not the principal's office or the unemployment line.) For any attorneys who may be reading this, the Official...
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