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It’s hat tips all around this week for our UK SQL Server community speakers who will be proudly flying the flag at the upcoming PASS Summit.
Simon Sabin (Blog|Twitter) – Will be delivering an Advanced Reporting Services Pre-Conference Session
Neil Hambly(Blog|Twitter) – Will be presenting his session Why are We Waiting.
Jen Stirrup (Blog|Twitter) – Will be presenting on Intelligent Laziness with the Management Data Warehouse
With our UK speaker talent in demand all the way across the pond, it should be clear that the PASS Summit is the Super Bowl of SQL Server events and one that you should do all you can to attend. Congratulations folks!
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Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Techie Stuff. Enjoy!
SQL Server Links
- How to Be a Superstar: Change a Few Well Placed Things That Make a Difference – Being a successful Data Professional is as much about choosing the right battles to fight, as possessing strong technical knowledge . This week Kendra Little (Blog|Twitter) looks at what you can do to make sure the work you are doing really counts.
- Using database snapshots – The results of the latest community survey are in, courtesy of Paul Randal (Blog|Twitter). I was surprised by the number of folks that are not harnessing this technology feature in their environments.
- Some Common Disk Drives Compared – Not pure SQL Server content but an interesting read nevertheless from Glenn Berry (Blog|Twitter) as he looks at the performance of some common disk drives.
- Goodbye IsNumeric hell – Something to look forward to in Denali. Gail Shaw (Blog|Twitter) shares the details.
- The Conundrum of Cloud Computing Evidence – This is a fantastic reference list courtesy of Buck Woody (Blog|Twitter). The man makes a great point about how Microsoft are happy to openly discuss and show how they are implementing solutions using their own product stack. Most organisations are reluctant to share their solution implementation details.
- ACID Properties By Example (And Counterexample) Part One: Atomic – Fantastic SQL content and artistic flair are things we’ve all come to expect from Michael J. Swart (Blog|Twitter) but this week we also get a little history lesson too.
- SSIS Denali CTP3 – What’s new? – An excellent look at some of the great new features that available in SSIS Denali from Jorg Klein (Blog|Twitter).
- Enforcing Uniqueness for Performance – A brilliant reminder this week, from Paul White (Blog|Twitter), about the importance of enforcing uniqueness in your database design for performance.
- The Mystery of Query Timeouts Video – Another post from Kendra Little (Blog|Twitter) and this time an excellent video presentation for you to enjoy.
UK SQL Server Upcoming Events
- SOUTHAMPTON – Wed 10 Aug – Neil Hambly presenting on partitioning and John Q Martin Esq presenting SQL Server, the DBA and Compliance.
- CARDIFF – Thu 11 Aug – Why are we Waiting…a 2 hour deep dive session into Wait Types and performance tuning with Neil Hambly
- EDINBURGH – Wed 17 Aug – Reporting Services and Sharepoint Integration with Rob Carrol
- EXETER – Thur 18 Aug – SQL South West UG – Alex Whittles(Blog|Twitter) will be talking about PowerPivot and QlikView 101 (level 200)
- LONDON – Thur 18 Aug –
- SURREY – Thu 18 Aug – A packed evening covering Business Intelligence, Denali and a newcommer’s first session!
- MANCHESTER – Wed 24 Aug – Replication by Neil Hambly and Cube versus tables with Steve Powell at the Coop
- LEEDS -Thu 25 Aug – XQuery Fundamentals with Neil Hambly
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Misc Technology Posts
- Nobody’s Going to Help You, and That’s Awesome
- Nintendo profits hit by weak 3DS console sales
- BT ordered to block pirate links
- Developer fury as Google makes Android apps vanish
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!