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Beware the defaults! (in windowing functions) – The Movie!

I was recently contacted by the fine gents of Webucator, an online training services provider. In order to promote their SQL Server classes, they are doing a free series called SQL Server Solutions from the Web where they show different SQL Server solutions found in blog posts around the web. Essentially, they are turning blog posts […]

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Nominated for Author of the Year

I have the great pleasure to announce that I have been nominated for the “Author of the Year” award at the MSSQLTips website. This means however I have to persuade people to vote for me, hence this blog post You can vote for me at the following URL: http://www.mssqltips.com/MSSQLTipsAuthorVoting.asp Note that you can cast a vote […]

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PASS Summit 2014 WIT Luncheon Recap

I’ve just returned from my fourth PASS Summit, and it was the best one to date. One of the highlights each year is the Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheaon on Thursday. This year was the 12th annual event, and I was invited to attend. PASS board vice president of marketing, Denise McInerney, sat down for a Q&A […]

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PASS BI VC: How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer?

On November 17th 2PM CET I will redo my SQL Server Days presentation How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer? for the PASS BI virtual chapter. This is great news for the people who couldn’t attend my session at the SQL Server Days and who still want to see it (I hope those people […]

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Access Git Commits during a TeamCity Build using Powershell

Recently I needed access to the list of commits that were included with each of my TeamCity builds. TeamCity provides a pretty big list of Predefined Build Parameters, but it doesn’t provide access to details of the commits it is currently building. Having Powershell and Git on my server, though, I can write some scripts […]

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Overview of Published Articles – 2014Q3

Here is an overview of the articles I published in the third quarter of 2014. INTENSE SCHOOL MCSE Prep (SQL) – Using Parameters in Reporting Services Reports (Part 2) Book Review: SQL Server 2012 Integration Services Design Patterns MSSQLTIPS Adding Custom Reports to SQL Server Management Studio More Text Analysis with the SSIS Term Lookup […]

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T-SQL Tuesday #59: My Hero

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Tracy McKibben (blog | twitter) and is all about heroes (not the TV show). Ada Lovelace has been an inspiration to many. In keeping with my blog theme, let’s call her a hero. We all have our heroes, those people who we admire, who inspire us, who we […]

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Beware the defaults! (in windowing functions)

Some time ago I was writing some windowing functions on a set of data. Basically I was looking for the last date an event had occurred for each type of event. Let’s illustrate with an example: CREATE TABLE dbo.TestOver (ID INT IDENTITY(1,1) PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL ,[Group] CHAR(1) NOT NULL ,Value INT NOT NULL); INSERT […]

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SQL Server Days 2014 – Slide deck

SQL Server Days 2014 is over, but it has been one great event. A very big thanks to the organizers! My session went pretty well, somewhere around 60 attendees I would guess and they didn’t seem too bored. I saw some other great sessions as well, such as Buck Woody (twitter) on Big Data (and […]

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Book Review: Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication

I’ve been working with transactional replication in SQL Server a lot this year. A lot. I understood the basics of how it worked, but I wanted to know more – particularly about security, how log readers work, monitoring, and troubleshooting. So, I downloaded a free e-book from Simple Talk, Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication […]

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