I hope you’ve had a great week!
There is a tremendous amount of UK SQL community action coming up in the next few months. So much so in fact that it requires an entire post of it’s own. Watch this space for more details soon…
Is it just me or does there seem to be a bit of SQL MCM fever in the air this week? There’s certainly more chatter going on, what with Hangouts cropping up on Google providing folks the opportunity to get involved in study groups. Not to mention everyone’s favourite rock star (apart from Bryan Adams) is halfway up mount MCM already, as Thomas Larock (Blog|Twitter) shares his story this week in Call Me Mini-Master. A hat tip to you my good sir.
Needless to say he’s in good company ;-) as I also took the opportunity whilst on a recent trip to Seattle to try my hand at the MCM Knowledge Exam. I was originally planning on keeping my cards close to my chest about the whole thing but then I thought that sharing my story here may actually just give me (and maybe some others too) the proverbial kick up the backside to get on with it already. Were the recent opportunity not to have presented itself I would still be faffing about and procrastinating about the whole thing. Sometimes you just have to go for it and on this occasion I’m certainly pleased I did. Next stop, Lab Exam……..
Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Techie Stuff. Enjoy!
SQL Server Links
- Gradually Deleting Data in SQL Server – Sometimes in life it pays to slow down a little and take things at a more leisurely pace. Glenn Berry (Blog|Twitter) explains how deleting data can adhere to the same principle.
- Applied SQL: You Have Homework – As if your free time was not already in demand enough, Jen McCown (Blog|Twitter) is giving you homework. Remember that it’s compulsory that you get your homework done and being a traditional British institution here at SFTW we have ways of “encouraging” you to get it done.
- Compiles and recompiles – Yes, there is indeed a difference and very important one at that. Make you’re up to speed by checking out what Gail Shaw (Blog|Twitter) has to say on the matter.
- Denali CTP3: THROW Statement – Sharing details of some of the delights that we have to look forward to in Denali, it’s Dan Guzman (Blog|Twitter).
- How I Prepare For Presentations, And My Speaking Schedule For This Quarter – Yes I know this is not a SQL Server post but it’s a dam good post that’s for sure! My weekend roundup, my rules. Seriously though, all of us have to present at some point during our working careers and Buck Woody (Blog|Twitter) shares some exceptional advice here for how to really raise your presenting game.
- Five Ways to Fight Blocking Video – As if one way were not enough, those clever folks at Brent Ozar PLF are giving you 5 ways to fight blocking. This weeks video is delivered by Kendra Little (Blog|Twitter).
- First Annual SQLRelay Announced – More awesome news for the UK SQL Server community this week. Tony Rogerson (Blog|Twitter) with the details.
- Tips from the SQL Joes 2 Pros Development Series – Day 19 of 35 – Continuing this excellent series of Tips, it’s Pinal Dave (Blog|Twitter).
UK SQL Server Upcoming Events
- MANCHESTER – Wed 24 Aug – Replication by Neil Hambly and Cube versus tables with Steve Powell at the Coop
- LEEDS -Thu 25 Aug – XQuery Fundementals with Neil Hambly
- SOUTHAMPTON – Wed 7 Sep – Simon Sabin (MCMMVP) and Jessica Meats presenting at the Southampon User Group.
- LONDON – Sep 12 – 14 – Advanced SQL Server Troubleshooting Workshop
- SQLBits 9 – Thur 29 Sep – 1 Oct – The UKs largest SQL Server event heads to Liverpool.
Misc Technology Posts
- IBM produces first ‘brain chips’
- Skype brings per-minute Wi-Fi to iPad and iPhone
- Virtual touch helps keyhole surgeons to ‘feel’ tumours
That’s it for this week. If you’ve read a post this week that you think deserves a mention be sure to let me and other readers know by using comments section below. You can also reach me on email and find me on Twitter(@JohnSansom).
Have a great weekend!