TSQL Tuesday #96: Folks Who Have Made a Difference

It’s been almost three years since I wrote a T-SQL Tuesday post (shame on me!), but this is one I definitely want to contribute to. It’s hosted by Ewald Cress and is about “the opportunity to give a shout-out to people (well-known or otherwise) who have made a meaningful contribution to your life in the world […]

Calling all user group leaders! We want to present for you in 2018!

By the end of December, we at SQLskills will have presented remotely (and a few in-person) to more than 100 user groups and PASS virtual chapters around the world in 2017! We’d love to present remotely for your user group in 2018, anywhere in the world. It’s not feasible for us to travel to user groups or SQL […]

So why do you want to come to our training? And the winners are…

Wow! We had 22 entries for our competition (writing a post is a high bar so I was expecting 20-30) to win a free seat in either our IEPTO1 or IEPTO2 training classes in Chicago in October. That was a lot of reading to get through to pick the winners, but we made it. A bunch […]

Calling all user group leaders! We want to present for you again in 2017!

So far this year, we at SQLskills have presented remotely (and a few in-person) to 61 user groups and PASS virtual chapters around the world, and we have 13 more scheduled! Now we’re into the second half of 2017, we’d like to schedule some more presentations through the rest of the year. We’d love to present […]

Calling all user group leaders! We want to present for you in 2017!

By the end of December, we at SQLskills will have presented remotely (and a few in-person) to 94 user groups and PASS virtual chapters around the world in 2016! We’d love to present remotely for your user group in 2017, anywhere in the world. It’s not feasible for us to travel to user groups or SQL Saturdays […]

Calling all user group leaders! We want to present for you in 2016!

By the end of December, we at SQLskills will have remotely presented to 87 user groups and PASS virtual chapters around the world in 2015! We’d love to present remotely for your user group in 2016, anywhere in the world. It’s not feasible for us to travel to user groups or SQL Saturdays unless we’re already in […]

Make sure you’re eligible to vote in the PASS elections this year!

Last year PASS introduced some eligibility requirements for voting in the 2014 PASS elections, but a lot of people didn’t get the message for various reasons (including me) before the deadline expired. PASS did the right thing and allowed people to become eligible by delaying the elections. This year there are similar eligibility requirements and you’ve […]

Mentoring: the Class of 2015

A couple of weeks ago I kicked off a competition of sorts, to find some people to mentor to celebrate the community voting me “Person You’d Most Like to be Mentored By” in the annual Redgate Tribal Awards. If you remember my terms, all someone had to do to be considered is write a blog post […]

Want to be mentored by me?

Every year Redgate hands out a series of Tribal Awards, voted for by the SQL Server community around the world. In the 2013 awards I won the “Most Authoritative Voice” category (I think just because I’m very tall and have a deep voice :-) and in the 2014 awards, announced a few weeks ago, I won the […]

T-SQL Tuesday: Giving back in 2015

          My friend Wayne Sheffield (b|t)is hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month and it’s been a long time since I’ve taken part (wow – since January 2011!). His theme is about how you’re going to give back or continue giving back to the SQL Server community in 2015. I’m going to talk about […]

Calling all user group leaders! We want to present for you in 2015!

Starting in 2015 we at SQLskills would love to present remotely for your user group, anywhere in the world. Kimberly and I recently did a series of remote presentations from Redmond, WA, US to Australia and New Zealand, including two-way video in some cases, and the bandwidth worked great. It’s not feasible for us to […]

How to answer questions politely and correctly

Back in August I wrote a long post about how to ask questions politely and correctly to address what I see as a growing volume of poorly asked questions by people who often don’t have the common courtesy to be polite and also often come across as feeling entitled to an answer. Based on the responses, and […]

How to ask questions politely and correctly

This post is a much-expanded version of the editorial in my last bi-weekly SQLskills Insider newsletter, including a bunch of the feedback I got. (Also see my corollary post How to answer questions politely and correctly.) Recently I’ve been complaining on Twitter about some of the ridiculous questions I receive over email (I get a bunch of […]

RTFM. No seriously, R.T.F.M. Then ask your question.

There are several reasons why I’ve drastically cut back on the amount of time I spend in the various online SQL Server forums, including: People continuing to argue that the advice given to them is wrong (and I mean arguing even after me giving references suppporting the advice and explaining why my advice is correct) […]

It depends. It really, really does.

This is almost our catch phrase. In every class we teach Kimberly and I always say that the answer to every question about SQL Server *starts* with “It depends” – except one: “should auto-shrink be enabled?” :-) Seriously though, there’s a bit of an unnecessary backlash against the phrase “it depends” and I’d like to clarify […]

Ignorance is not stupidity

You’re ignorant. About lots of things. Yes, you are. Feel offended? We’re all ignorant about lots and lots of things. Last week I wrote a non-technical blog post The Golden Rule – maybe just optional now? about the growing lack of civility in the world at large. That elicited almost 40 responses (thanks!) so I’m going to intersperse […]