SQL Down Under Code Camp Sessions Posted – and Gourmet Coffee

The tentative (but likely) list of sessions for SQL Down Under Code Camp on Oct 13th/14th have now been posted at:  http://www.sqldownunder.com/CodeCamp/tabid/53/Default.aspx  This year, we also have two timeslots (one per day) where new speakers can take 15 – 20 minutes to show you what they’re passionate about or something clever they’ve learned. We have five of the six mini-slots allocated but if you’d like to fill the other slot, talk to me about it ASAP. I’m really looking forward to these sessions.  Our Brizzie mate Peter Ward has organised a gourmet coffee van to come up for the first … Continue reading SQL Down Under Code Camp Sessions Posted – and Gourmet Coffee

SQLPASS conference is coming up soon

We have the SQL Down Under Code Camp coming up soon (October 13th/14th) but before that, the SQL PASS conference in Denver is on. I consider the SQL PASS conference one of the highlights of each year. If you have any chance to attend and you are interested in SQL Server, this is the place to be.

Book: The Rational Guide To Building Technical Communities

Well I have to say I really like this one 🙂 When I mentioned a while ago that my two new books were both on Amazon and must now be real, I had a lot of friends order them, only to have endless shipping delays. Finally that’s over for this one. The Rational Guide To Building Technical Communities now shows “In Stock” at Amazon and I’ve had emails telling me that orders have been shipping!   So you now really can order it. In fact, I’m sure you want a whole bunch of them 🙂 Thanks to Tony Mann at … Continue reading Book: The Rational Guide To Building Technical Communities

Book: Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 Ajax

Over the last few days, I finally got to read Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX by fellow Readifarian Paul Glavich and old mate Wally McClure along ith Steve Orr, Craig Shoemaker, Steven Smit and Jim Zimmerman. I have to say I always approach these books by Wrox that have a picture of a bunch of authors on the front cover with trepidation. It’s hard for one person to be consistent throughout a book. It’s really tough for six or more. But the guys have done a pretty good job. I think they covered the major concepts and issues surrounding ASP.NET AJAX … Continue reading Book: Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 Ajax

Book: You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant – How to Design a Magnificent Life

John McGrath has written an pretty interesting book in You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant – How to Design a Magnificent Life. I had run out of reading material while travelling lately (well ran out of any that I had with me). This looked like something I could read over one or two flights and it was, given the inevitable delays at airports. I thought the title was pretty corny and reeked of the old-style self-improvement books. I hadn’t read too many of them in recent years. I used to love the parody names that people came up with for … Continue reading Book: You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant – How to Design a Magnificent Life

Book: The End of Faith

I have to say I really enjoyed reading The End of Faith by Sam Harris. When I was at the TechEd speakers dinner in Auckland this week, I mentioned it to Steve Riley and I noticed his eyes light up. He’d also read it and found it pretty fascinating stuff. Sam sees any form of religious faith as pretty irrational. Having grown up myself through the Catholic system and now being outside of it, I do struggle to understand how sensible and intelligent people can believe so much of the doctrines put forward by most religions today. I now see … Continue reading Book: The End of Faith

Book: Why Software Sucks… and what you can do about it

David Platt has written a number of books I’ve really enjoyed. I had pretty high expectations for Why Software Sucks… and what you can do about it but a bit like I felt after reading Blink, I was left with an overwhelming “is that it?” feeling. David shows several web sites and programs that he really doesn’t like the behaviour of (and on most I’d have to heartily agree with him) but I don’t feel he really got into the meat of the real discussion. I did find the discussion of TechEd and what it’s like, to be very familiar … Continue reading Book: Why Software Sucks… and what you can do about it

Book: Blink

I was really looking forward to reading Malcolm Gladwell’s popular Blink. After the hype that surrounded it, I must say I found that when I finished it, I was left feeling “is that it?” Malcolm makes a lot of interesting observations and tells quite a few memorable stories but I really expected more of a “this is what you can do with the knowledge I’ve given you” section. Otherwise, it’s a fairly entertaining read.

Book: Foundations of SQL Server Business Intelligence

I enjoyed Lynn Langit’s book: Foundations of SQL Server Business Intelligence. It takes a fairly interesting tour through the current Microsoft SQL Server BI stack, covering Analysis Services, Integration Services and Reporting Services. The writing style is good although I suspect one or two areas reflected Lynn’s experience with previous versions of the product. Lynn provides a good amount of sound advice. Recommended for those looking for an intro into the SQL Server BI space!

Announcing the Readify Developer Network

If you live in Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra or you like to watch webcasts, we’ve got great news for you. We’re launching the Readify Developer Network, you’re invited and it’s free. Our developer centre manager Darren Neimke has been posting lately about the issues involved with a virtual organisation. Darren makes the point that we’re more highly mobile than virtual but two of the challenges we need to deal with are having regular face to face interaction with our colleagues and training each other in newer technologies. The Readify Developer Network was borne out of this. We’d decided to have … Continue reading Announcing the Readify Developer Network