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December SQLSaturdays–DC & Providence, RI

November 4, 2016 Andy 0

Next month, I’ll be speaking at two SQLSaturday events. Washington, DC – #SqlSat574 – December 3, 2016 The DC SQL Saturday was the first SQL Saturday I spoke at–so this one will always be a special event for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to speak at … [Read More]

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T-SQL Tuesday #83: Roundup

October 16, 2016 Andy 1

For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, I asked people to blog about the same old problems we’ve been dealing with for years. There were some great posts, including a batch of first-time contributors. You’ll notice some overlapping themes as you read through these responses–I think those themes represent some … [Read More]

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(Unofficial) PASS Summit 2016 LGBT Meetup

October 12, 2016 Andy 3

PASS Summit has tons of opportunities to meet like-minded folks, in addition to seeing old friends. There are the Women In Tech and Birds of a Feather Luncheons. There is the Community Zone. Friends catch up over coffee and meals. There are vendor parties. There … [Read More]

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We’re still dealing with the same problems

October 8, 2016 Andy 0

Back in August, Allan Hirt (blog|twitter) tweeted: In the roughly 25 years of I have been in IT, we're still dealing with the same problems. — Allan Hirt (@SQLHA) August 30, 2016 I had a slow day, so I generated a storm of responses. This month’s T-SQL … [Read More]

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Plan Explorer 3.0: More power and completely free

September 8, 2016 Andy 1

Today, SQL Sentry announced the release of Plan Explorer 3.0. There are a few big changes, so let’s dive right in.   Plan Explorer just got free-er Up until now, Plan Explorer was essentially a freemium product. There was the free edition (which was really awesome), … [Read More]

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Job hunting for database professionals

July 19, 2016 Andy 1

Like most people, I’ve changed jobs a few times in my life. My path from teenage grocery store cashier to Database Architect was a complicated and multi-step journey. During that journey, I’ve made some good decisions, and some bad decisions. If you’re like most tech … [Read More]

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Benefits tell you a lot about a company

July 11, 2016 Andy 7

When you’re interviewing with a new company, pay attention to their benefits. Even the ones that aren’t important to you personally. Benefits don’t just include health/dental/vision insurance and retirement/pension (I’ll call these “core benefits”). It includes life insurance, disability, maternity leave, vacation, sick time, as well … [Read More]

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Job hunting is like dating

July 11, 2016 Andy 0

Most of us spend at least eight hours per day working. In America, we spend an average of 25 minutes commuting, each way. That’s nine hours dedicated to work every day. You probably see your coworkers as much as you see your friends and significant other. … [Read More]

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