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I’m talking SQL Server, Azure, and Extended Events at SQLintersection

I’ll be in Las Vegas October 24-28, 2016 for SQLintersection, part of the DEVintersection conference series! Why attend DEVintersection? It “brings your favorite Microsoft leaders, engineers and industry experts together to educate, network, and share their expertise with you. Just this year, ASP.NET Core, SQL Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, Windows 10 and SharePoint 2016 […]

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Learn more about Azure + SQL Server at SQLSaturday Minnesota

I’m excited to cross the Mississippi River again this autumn to present at SQLSaturday #557 Minnesota 2016. First, I’ll be giving a full-day pre-conference session, “Get Started With SQL Server in Azure”, on Friday, September 30. Tickets are only $110, include lunch, and you’ll get to hear me talk about What you need to know about […]

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Announcing SQL Saturday Minnesota #557 Pre-Conference Seminars!

Before we know it, October will be upon us and it will be time for another SQL Saturday Minnesota!  If you have not yet registered for this free day of training on Saturday October 1st, please visit the site and sign up now! Since no SQL Saturday Minnesota would be complete without a full slate of pre-cons, PASSMN and the organizers of SQL […]

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Help me kick off Wausau PASS!

When I started attending Wisconsin SQL Server Users Group in 2009, that was the only PASS chapter in Wisconsin. Since then, we’ve expanded to include MADPASS, FoxPASS, Western WI PASS, and Microsoft BI Professionals – WI. These chapters have provided hundreds of hours of free training for hundreds of data professionals in the last few […]

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The Standing Desk

I hear that, “Sitting is the new smoking.” We’re supposed to stand more often, walk more often, move more often. I’m an active person (running and biking regularly) – but not while working. After using the same basic desk (not designed for office work) for several years, I decided to purchase a desk meant for […]

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Self-Hosted Web – Updating assets without restarting the debugger

When you work with an ASP.Net project through Visual Studio, you can edit static files like CSS and JS files and see them immediately in your browser. Switch to a console application and self-hosted option, such as a self-hosted WebAPI or NancyFX site, and you’ll find that editing Content files will require restarting the debugger […]

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ASP.Net – Single-sign on against Office365 with OAuth2

Recently I was experimenting with Office 365 as a single-sign on source for an existing ASP.Net application. Unfortunately, most of the documentation I found focused on the use cases of having Visual Studio automatically add it as part of a new project, multiple versions of a very similar looking OWIN sample using built-in (black box) […]

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Help, my company won’t pay for training!

Tim Mitchell (b | t) asked me an interesting question: “What should you do if your employer won’t support your career development?” It’s a question I had to answer early in my career, and I am going to share my challenges and solutions. My first IT jobs were help desk. After taking classes at FVTC, […]

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Testing SQL Server with an Application

I’ve been blogging about SQL Server for years. Most of these blogs are designed for the database administrator or developer, and thus use SQL Server Management Studio exclusively. (Back in the day, I’d show SSRS a lot, too.) But one of the questions that’s always been at the back of my mind is, “What does […]

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Time to pack your tent for That Conference 2016!

Every summer, Wisconsin is full of campers. (I’m one of them! My favorite places to camp are Copper Falls State Park, Devil’s Lake State Park, and Hartman Creek State Park.) In August, there’s even a summer camp for geeks – That Conference! What conference? That Conference! This year, come camping with us August 8-10. You’ll […]

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