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Author of the Year at MSSQLTips.com

I have the pleasure and privilege to announce that I was awarded with the “Author of the Year” award at the MSSQLTips.com website! I am humbled by the recognition of my fellow peers in the SQL Server community and I’d like to thank all of you, the #sqlfamily, for voting. Special shout-out to Jeffery Yao, […]

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The mysterious permission issue

As you might have realized, this is not the title of an Agatha Christie book, but rather about some nasty permission issue I encountered with SSIS. At a new project, someone mentioned me that a scheduled job has been failing for quite some time now (actually since they created the job, yay for testing!). So […]

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Better late than never…

Just like last year, I’m a bit late with the obligatory “how was last year and what is this year supposed to bring” blog post. Anyway, here it is. Let’s start by wishing every one of you the very best for the new year. I hope 2015 may bring us many professional highlights, next to […]

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Overview of Published Articles – 2014Q4

Here is an overview of the articles I published in the last quarter of 2014. INTENSE SCHOOL MCSE Prep: Overview of T-SQL Windowing Functions Part 1 MCSE Prep: Overview of T-SQL Windowing Functions Part 2 The third and final part of this series will probably be published this month, so keep an eye on the site […]

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SQL Server on the High Seas

It’s a new year, you (hopefully) have a new training budget and vacation time, and I hope you’ll consider SQL Cruise Caribbean 2015. It departs Miami, FL on Saturday, February 7, 2015; stops in Saint Maarten, US Virgin Islands, and Bahamas; and returns to Miami on Saturday, February 14, 2015. In between, there are hours of in-depth […]

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“Please sir, can I have some more?” – shiny hardware and .NET

Hello and welcome to one of my rare blog posts almost at the end of 2014! I wanted to change the subject a bit from the regular blog posts and talk about something that most developers either take for granted or take seriously (I am the latter) and that is the hardware they choose (or […]

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Formatting Durations in SSAS: Caveat

I recently published an article on MSSQLTips.com titled Format Durations in SQL Server Analysis Services. For those who haven’t read it I’ll summarize it quickly: it explains how to create an MDX formula that formats durations into an [hh]:mm:ss format, where [hh] can go over 24 hours. For more detailed information, please check out the […]

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Nominated for the 2014 Tribal Awards

Just like last year, SQLServerCentral.com and Simple Talk are hosting the Tribal Awards. In their words: The Tribal Awards, co-hosted by Simple-Talk and SQLServerCentral, seek to recognize outstanding members of the SQL community. We want to highlight people who are currently leaders due to their writing, speaking, or general community presence. In the previous edition, I was […]

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PASS BI VC recording is available now

The recording of the webinar I did for the PASS BI virtual chapter is live! (Quick reminder: it was the same session as on the SQLServerDays: How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer?) I’m quite pleased with the recording, although I sound like a drunk German scientist sometimes. The slides can be downloaded here. Let […]

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Using Selenium for View testing with knockout and RequireJS

I’ve written about using Selenium/WebDriver for automated testing in a C# environment in the past. Some of these posts may be dated, but I’ve covered everything from using the Selenium IDE, to using WebDriver and the PageObject pattern, to using SpecFlow to drive Selenium UI testing. But in this age of MVVM/MVC frameworks and libraries, […]

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