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)

August, 2007

  • DWWTWT?: August 28-31

    Tuesday was a driving day as were Thursday and Friday; Wednesday was non-competitive due to a day spent with the boys: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 107 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 101 ...
  • SQL Server 2008 HierarchyId LiveMeeting Event at 11am PDT

    You can access this presentation here . Hope to "see" you there! -wp
  • DWWTWT?: August 27

    The week started with a wonderful walk on a gorgeous, slightly cool day: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 107 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 98 Did Not Compete: 69 Hope...
  • IF EXISTS (SELECT..) vs. IF (SELECT COUNT(1)..) > 0

    Consider this a coding tip for SQL Server 2000 (as well as a reason to upgrade), and kudos for the SQL Server 2005 development team. In SQL Server 2000, IF (SELECT COUNT(1)..) > 0 will process an entire table or index to complete the count, while...
  • DWWTWT?: August 24

    The week ends with an invigorating walk on a beautiful day: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 106 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 98 Did Not Compete: 69 Hope you have a great...
  • DWWTWT?: August 23

    After a brief scurry of errands before work this morning, I parked the car in the driveway and walked to the office: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 105 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 98 ...
  • DWWTWT?: August 20-22

    Monday morning saw a driving rain blanket the area, which led to the employment of internal combustion. Yesterday and today were walking days: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 104 Walked to the Bus: 16 ...
  • SQL Server 2008 Datetime LiveMeeting At 11am PDT

    You can get to the meeting here . Hope to "see" you there.. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: August 17

    The week concludes with another walk: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 102 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 97 Did Not Compete: 69 Have a great weekend! -wp
  • Donald Farmer's "Improvements In SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services" At 11am PDT

    The meeting is here . Hope to "see" you there.. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: August 16

    I was back to walking today: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 101 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 97 Did Not Compete: 69 Hope your week is going swimmingly .. -wp
  • Pond's Seventh Law, Applied Again

    [ UPDATED 17 August 2007: the first story turns out to be a hoax , which places the second one in doubt as well. Please consider this a parable rather than a reportage] A colleague sent along an email earlier today which, at its root, strikes me as...
  • CTP4 Of PerformancePoint Server 2007 Available For Download

    The fourth and final CTP for PerformancePoint Server 2007 is now available for download here . Those of you into BI scorecarding should definitely go get it! -wp
  • Links For Pending SQL Server 2008 Webcasts

    The links for the webcasts I mentioned last week are now up here . I missed yesterday's Enterprise Scale Reporting Engine discussion, but I hope to "see" you in the AS Time Series Stability conversation tomorrow. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: August 15

    I had a number of errands to run today, as my latest stint as Mr. Mom entered its fourth day. So, alas, today saw the deployment of an internal combustion engine: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 100 Walked to the...
  • DWWTWT?: August 14

    The milestone prophesied yesterday has come to pass, as another stroll down 156th Ave. NE rolls the walking commute counter into triple digits: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 100 Walked to the Bus: 16 ...
  • Holy Cow! So Long, Scooter..

    Sad news that one of the iconic voices of my youth, Phil Rizzuto, has passed on at the age of 89. "The Scooter" was the oldest living Hall of Famer at the time of his passing. After an incredible 13-season playing career (interupted, as so many were...
  • DWWTWT?: August 13

    The week starts with a walk down 156th Avenue NE, as the walking tally approaches a significant milestone: Telecommuted: 26 Walked: 99 Walked to the Bus: 16 Drove: 96 Did Not...
  • Data Dude Power Tools Released

    Slightly old news, as the inbox purge slowly continues.. Gert's got details of the first round of Data Dude Power Tools, released by his team this past Monday. Fans of the product will want to check out the link; Gert is very generous with his descriptions...
  • DWWTWT?: August 9-10

    The last automated post in the out-of-town series made a hasty promise, as I'm a day late getting back on the stick with these posts. Yesterday was a "work from home" day as I dealt with a jet lag induced migraine headache; today I walked to work under...
  • More SQL Server 2008 Webcasts Upcoming

    Rummaging through an inbox swollen by three weeks' worth of total inattention, I've found a list of webcasts which will be of interest to those looking into SQL Server 2008: 8/13/07 11am PDT: July CTP Public Web Chat 8/15/07: Enterprise Scale...
  • DWWTWT?: August 6-8

    This is the last of the automated posts in this series, as I wind down my trip to Vermont and pack my bags to return to the Pacific Northwest: Telecommuted: 25 Walked: 97 Walked to the Bus: 16 ...
  • More From Dad's Bookshelf

    Frequent readers of this space will recall that I'm in western Vermont visiting with family until the end of the coming week. This morning, I'm in a small country store about a mile and a half from Dad's place, and I'm using their wireless network to...
  • DWWTWT?: August 1-3

    August begins as July ended, 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...