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5 Questions with Amanda Crisp

Up next in my 5 Questions series is an interview with a dog-rescuing, SAN-loving DBA from Minnesota – Amanda Crisp (linkedin | twitter | blog). Amanda and I have gone back and forth across the border to the Madison and Minneapolis SQL Saturdays many times, and always make sure to catch up. She’s one of […]

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5 Questions With Meagan Longoria

Every year, the Wisconsin SQL Server user groups combine forces to host a SQL Saturday in Madison. It’s always a great day to learn things, but it’s also fun to have presenters come from all over the U.S. This year, Meagan Longoria (blog | twitter | linkedin) – who I knew from Twitter – came […]

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5 Questions with Mike Fal

Today, let me introduce you to Mike Fal (blog | twitter | linkedin). His blog header says a lot about him – it shows a pile of SQL books and a trombone – but it isn’t everything. First, it can’t show his sense of humor, or love of a good beer. Second, it doesn’t convey […]

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Turning a Notepad outline into a PowerPoint presentation

One of the tasks that I find the hardest is to create a new presentation. I have the ideas, but I have to put in the work to make them good. I like to do so with as little distraction as possible, so I start them in Notepad. Not WordPad, not Notepadd ++, but plain old notepad.exe. […]

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Windows 10, how I doth hateth thee mostest

How’s it going folks, thought I’d get another post written up before I switch over to video logs in the future (watch this space). So I don’t really need to do a big introduction to Windows 10, there was a lot of buzz going about the internet not least due in part to the upgrade […]

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Announcing SQL Saturday Minnesota #453 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 October 10th, please visit the site and sign up now! Since no SQL Saturday Minnesota would be complete without a full slate of pre-cons, […]

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100th post

This is my 100th blog post here at LessthanDot! (I’m not lying, check for yourself) I started blogging at the end of 2012, almost 3 years ago and it has been an amazing ride so far. I’ve apparently gathered almost 1.5 million views (I don’t really trust that figure :)) and 260 comments.  My most popular […]

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Using CodeDOM to Automate Technical Screening Evaluation

CodeDOM provides dynamic compilation of .Net code and is commonly used in places like template generation or compilation of emitted code. I recently needed a way to evaluate code submissions against a known set of test cases, so this post will walk through building a small program to do take source code as files, compile […]

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DataMetrics – New Success in the Making

Six months ago, I started something in the USA, with much support, that could literally be considered starting from ground zero. Through the reputation and standing I’ve created in the world of SQL Server and Data, I was able to form a business that, in under that six months, was successful to anyone that is […]

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February 2015 PASSMN Meeting

This month’s PASSMN User Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17th at 4PM at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Edina. This meeting is being sponsored by our friends at Pragmatic Works. A huge thanks to PW for their generous sponsorship! PASSMN is excited to open the monthly meeting with a short talk […]

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