T-SQL Tuesday #003 (Relationships): The round-up

Lots of blog posts for this month, for the first T-SQL Tuesday to leave the safe-haven of Adam Machanic’s blog. Some people obviously missed out, probably because they don’t read this blog, but I guess that’s the nature of the meme. I don’t know who is hosting next month yet, but I’ll be looking out for Adam to post something about it in early March. All the posts had to appear as trackbacks or comments on the invitation to participate, but this post is a short summary for posterity. As the second week of February involves Valentine’s Day (and a … Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday #003 (Relationships): The round-up

Invitation for T-SQL Tuesday #003: Relationships

It’s time for the third of Adam Machanic’s T-SQL Tuesdays, and this time, I’m the host. The first one, last December was on the topic of date/time, and the second was on Puzzling Situations. Check them both out, along with the round-ups that Adam wrote about them. Lots of great topics, which is starting to make me anticipate the content that comes out on the second Tuesday of each month. As an early volunteer to host, I have been given the honour of being the first person chosen to host one. I’d like to claim that this implies some sort … Continue reading Invitation for T-SQL Tuesday #003: Relationships

StreamInsight talk coming up at SQLBits

My talk on StreamInsight is up next. I’ll try to blog more about that later. For now, I want to mention more about SQLBits itself. This is by far the largest SQL-only conference I’ve attended (I haven’t been to SQL-PASS yet), and it’s great to be involved. Yesterday I had an all-day seminar about the new items for Developers in SQL 2008. It was a good time – the delegates responded very positively, and many of them have caught up with me since. But for me, the conference is being a great way of catching up with (and meeting for … Continue reading StreamInsight talk coming up at SQLBits

SQLBits V, in Old South Wales

I recently gave a talk in New South Wales, so now I’m going to give one in Old South Wales. In Newport, to be precise. As I’ve written before, I’ve been a big fan of the SQLBits conferences that is run by many UK-based friends of mine. Unfortunately for them, they had a presenter pull out recently, and unfortunately for them, I’m going to fill in. Weather-wise, it’ll be a nice change from the scorching weather we’ve had in Adelaide recently. We’re setting new records for days over 30C here, the streak which will be broken on Monday if the … Continue reading SQLBits V, in Old South Wales

A Tripp to Melbourne?

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve been to Melbourne (although I did pass through the airport there on my way back from Wagga). I don’t know when I’ll be there next, but I have felt tempted to try to get there this week. Partly it’s because my mum is about to turn sixty, but also because my friends Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randal are in Australia this week, and speaking at the Melbourne SQL Server User Group tomorrow night. I won’t be there, but if you’re going to be in Melbourne, then make sure you register and … Continue reading A Tripp to Melbourne?

A busy month – a new book, a new car, a new phone

I don’t know why Septembers are always busy. This one feels like it’s been interesting, and I’m not sure life will be the same again. But first, some of the biggest news – the book that I wrote a couple of chapters for is now available for purchase! A challenge was put out a while back for SQL MVPs to write a book for charity. Paul Nielsen spearheaded it, and I’m pleased to say that there was a massive response. I wrote two chapters, and this week we have had the notice that the book can now be purchased from … Continue reading A busy month – a new book, a new car, a new phone

More SQL Conferences coming up, including SQL Bits and SQL Down Under

I know I won’t be there, as I’m a million miles away in Australia, but being from the UK myself, I always have an interest in the UK SQL community and in particular, events like SQL Bits. This is the fifth SQL Bits conference, and they keep getting larger and larger. I’ve heard it’s now the largest SQL-focussed event in Europe. It’s going to be in South Wales (that’s OLD South Wales, not New South Wales), in November. I’m sure the area is lovely, good beaches ‘n all that… but considering it’s late November in Wales, I think you’ll be … Continue reading More SQL Conferences coming up, including SQL Bits and SQL Down Under

Four speaking engagements coming up

I’m just going to list them… This Saturday (July 18th), at Code Camp SA. I’m going to be talking about functions in SQL, particularly those that involve BEGIN and END. At the end of the month, at the ACS Branch Conference. I’m going to be part of a panel discussing Open Source v Closed Source. In August, I’m going to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday (Adelaide), about the integration of Reporting Services and SharePoint. In September, I’m going to be a presenting at TechEd Australia, about SQL Azure. Be nice if there was more of an overlap in topics…

Big events every month this quarter

A new Financial Year in Australia, and a bunch of technical events coming up. Of course there’s the usual monthly user groups, but there’s more – particularly if you’re in Adelaide. July sees CodeCampSA in Adelaide on the weekend of July 18/19. I’ve put my name into the hat for speakers, and will try to be there for a chunk of Saturday (Sundays are too busy for me). I’m sure at least one of my sons will want to come along as well, which will be fun. Big thanks to David Gardiner for putting the website together. August sees SharePoint … Continue reading Big events every month this quarter

Things You Know Now

This blog meme is doing the rounds… I’ve been tagged at least twice now (Jason Strate and Greg Linwood), so I suppose subconsciously I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a few weeks already. Since I do a lot of training, I tend to explain these things to my students anyway. I have a lot of opportunity to stand up in front of people and tell them important stuff – so this kind of thing definitely comes up now and then. Things I wish I had known years ago (career-wise that I would teach new people in the SQL field) … Continue reading Things You Know Now