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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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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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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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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 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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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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