Ward Pond's SQL Server blog

Ruminating on issues pertinent to the design and development of sound databases and processes under Microsoft SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2005, and SQL Server 2000 (while reserving the right to vent about anything else that's on my mind)

July, 2007

  • Database Programming: TOP Without ORDER BY?

    Egad, a technical post! And after I'd already said goodbye for the month. A long time ago, a friend taught me that expectations are small murders. What does that make plans? At any rate, Peter asked a FAQ on one of the internal discussions this morning...
  • Non-Technical News: Redmond Juniors To Play Tomorrow For Third Place In Yakima Tourney

    Hello once again from Yakima, Washington, where frequent visitors to this space will recall I've traveled to watch my son Kyle's team compete in the Yakima Mid Summer Special baseball tournament. After yesterday's victory against the Red Sox and this...
  • Non-Technical News: Redmond Juniors Win First Game At Yakima Mid Summer Special

    Greetings from Yakima, Washington, where frequent visitors to this space will recall I've traveled to watch my son Kyle's team compete in the Yakima Mid Summer Special baseball tournament. Today they faced the Red Sox, who certainly appear to be a...
  • Non-Technical News: Warning: Blog Neglect Ahead

    It's been awhile since I posted any non-technical news, and since the current non-technical news is going to result in blog neglect until August 9, I figured I'd let you know what's up. Of course, that's the pivotal piece of information right there...
  • Non-Technical News: Redmond Juniors Now 1-1 At Yakima Tourney

    Hello again from Yakima, Washington, where frequent visitors to this space will recall I've traveled to watch my son Kyle's team compete in the Yakima Mid Summer Special baseball tournament. After yesterday's victory in the tournament opener, Redmond...
  • Non-Technical News: Redmond Juniors Finish Fourth In Yakima Mid Summer Special

    Kyle and I are back in Redmond after our weekend in Yakima . Yesterday, the Redmond boys faced Strategic Energy of Gig Harbor for third place in the tournament. The boys played well, but lost in the end, 10-6. Although they finished in fourth place...
  • Denis Offers A Challenge

    " Denis the SQL Menace " is at it again. When we last heard from Denis on a technical matter in this space, it was to provoke last year's Prime Number Challenge. Denis has now picked up on Scott Hanselman's discussion of that age-old self-improvement...
  • DWWTWT?: July 16-17

    So far this week, the weather has been beautiful and, since the MG is still in the shop, I've been enjoying it on foot: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 95 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 ...
  • February Release Date Announced For SQL Server 2008

    Yesterday, at the Worldwide Partner conference in Denver, Microsoft announced that the next wave of innovation from the Server and Tools Business -- Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 -- will launch together at an event in Los...
  • DWWTWT?: July 18

    The tie prophesied yesterday has indeed emerged, despite a light drizzle this morning: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 96 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 Did Not Compete: 55...
  • Technical News: Second Cumulative Update Released For SQL Server 2005 SP2

    Let's place this in the category of "old news".. On June 18th, Microsoft released the second Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. It may be accessed here . The CU has been released as a hotfix, not a public download, which means...
  • DWWTWT?: July 30-31

    July ends with me 3000 miles from home, enjoying the company of my father and sister: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 97 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 Did Not Compete: 63 ...
  • DWWTWT?: July 20

    Kyle and I are off to Yakima today for the baseball tournament . No work for me today! Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 97 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 Did Not Compete: 56...
  • DWWTWT: July 23-27

    I spent Monday and Tuesday preparing for my trip, and the rest of the week enjoying my family's company in Vermont. No competition whatsoever this week: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 97 Walked to the Bus: ...
  • DWWTWT?: July 5

    One day after the US Independence Day holiday, I declared my independence from internal combustion and walked to work : Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 90 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 ...
  • DWWTWT?: July 6

    Today was non-competitive due to an impromptu vacation day: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 90 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 Did Not Compete: 53 Happy birthday, Ron Iwersen...
  • DWWTWT?: July 9-11

    Monday was a walking day, Tuesday was non-competitive as I spent the day squiring my beloved through the medical industrial complex in downtown Seattle, and today was back to the sidewalk as the mercury approaches triple digits : Telecommuted...
  • DWWTWT?: July 2-4

    The week started with a telecommuting day on Monday, and was non-competitive on Tuesday (Gale's return) and Wednesday (the Independence Day holiday here in the US) : Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 89 Walked to...
  • DWWTWT?: July 19

    Thanks to some decent weather this morning (nothing dicey ), Walked has overtaken Drove for the first time since mid-May : Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 97 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96...
  • DWWTWT?: July 12-13

    Thursday was non-competitive as I spent the day with the family at Wild Waves , and today I was back to the sidewalk as tristadecaphobics tremble: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 93 Walked to the Bus: 16...