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Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Technology Stuff. Enjoy….
SQL Server Links
- Top 7 Things You Want To Do In Windows Azure Sql Database, But Can’t - Helping us to decide whether WASD is the right solution, it’s Thomas Larock (Blog|Twitter).
- Words DBAs Should Never Say to Developers - Excellent advice from Brent Ozar (Blog|Twitter) this week on how you can avoid being the office tool. You might also enjoy How To Provide Great Feedback.
- Looking for Buried Treasure in the Transaction Log - How to inspect the transaction log, courtesy of Robert L. Davis(Blog|Twitter), to find out things such as who altered permissions on logins.
- Survey: what SQL Server build number are you running? - Paul Randal (Blog|Twitter) needs your input. These surveys always make for interesting reading so be sure to do your part by contributing.
- Mix and Match Databases: Dealing with Data Types - Jeremiah Peschka (Blog|Twitter) on the challenges of working with multiple databases and how to deal with them.
- Swart’s Ten Percent Rule - Michael J. Swart (Blog|Twitter) shares his thoughts on how you can determine if you’re pushing SQL Server limits perhaps a little too far.
- The Optimizer Isn’t As Smart As You Might Want It To Be - Denny Cherry (Blog|Twitter) shares the details of recent performance troubleshooting experience.
- Bad DBA Job Detector Test [Video] - Separating those elusive Dream Jobs from those that could turn out to be a complete nightmare, with Kendra Little (Blog|Twitter).
- Software Testing - Confession time with Chris Shaw(Blog). Things can and will go wrong for all of us. It’s how you handle it that really separates you.
Events - SQL Relay 2013
SQL Relay is an annual community run series of SQL Server training events across the UK. The aim is to enhance the existing SQL Server community in the UK by bringing world class training to your region.
Each SQL Relay spans 2 weeks, running 1-day conferences in a number of regions throughout the UK. With speakers from Microsoft, global IT companies and a host of MVPs, and covering topics from DBA, business intelligence and development, you can’t afford to miss the next event in your area!
Each event is run by the local SQL Server user group leaders. If you’re in need of a SQL fix before the next Relay, then find your local SQL user group here!
Visit the SQL Relay 2013 community site for all the details.
SQL Community Forum
These are some of things being talked about right now in the Community Forum by Data Professionals just like you.
Misc. Technology Posts
- Microsoft ‘U-turn’ sees Start button back on Windows 8 - BBC News Technology
- Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface - The Register
- How to Find a Mentor to Help You Go Further, Faster - Michael Hyatt
- UN to call for ‘pre-emptive’ ban on soulless robot bomber assassins - The Register
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