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)

February, 2008

  • R.I.P. Ken Henderson: 1967-2008

    I've been a bit out of touch with the blogosphere over the last couple of weeks, so I was absolutely floored when a colleague forwarded me Kalen Delaney's post on the recent sudden passing of Ken Henderson of Guru's Guide renown (just how sudden is evidenced...
  • This Week: The SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart

    I'm spending the week in the SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart event here in Redmond. I'm on the Developer track, which means I get to spend three days listening to the great Bob Beauchemin extoll the virtues of the new programmability constructs in SQL Server...
  • At Long Last, Great News For Stephen and rudy

    It took me far too long to get this done.. health issues, project deadlines.. but forty posts after the December contest was annouced and thirty-eight posts after your victories were confirmed -- not to mention a month after I promised to ship them in...
  • An Answer For Spazecaze: A Reasonable Method To Implement User Defined Fields

    Spazecaze discovered a February, 2006 discussion of order of operations and poses the following question in its comment area : So how would you go about designing a database that allows for end user defined fields? For instance, a system is...
  • CTP 6 of SQL Server 2008 Is Now Available For Download

    The latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 is available for download at the Microsoft Connect website, here . The list of new features in this release is pretty impressive: Progress-Based Management: policy violation alerts, policy import, running and...
  • Greetings From Windows Live Writer, and Other Non-Technical News

    Sure, it's a somewhat contrived reason for a post, but it's leap day.  In such a calendar-centric endeavor as a blog, it seems to me that one must leave a footprint on leap day.. I'm posting today via Windows Live Writer, which I downloaded earlier...
  • Are You An ISV Who's Making A Difference In The World? Here's A Contest For You!

    I just got word of an interesting new contest sponsored by Microsoft called The Ingenuity Point . The contest is designed to recognize and celebrate ISVs who are making a meaningful difference in the areas of education, healthcare , and environmental...
  • DWWTWT?: February 18-20

    Monday and Tuesday were driving days while this morning featured a relaxing walk down 156th Avenue NE: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 153 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 147 Did Not...
  • DWWTWT?: February 27

    Mid-week featured a walk through an almost negligible drizzle: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 156 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 149 Did Not Compete: 89 Hope the world is treating...
  • DWWTWT?: February 28

    Thursday featured the third walk of the week on a beautiful spring-like day: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 157 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 149 Did Not Compete: 89 Happy...
  • DWWTWT?: February 5-6

    Tuesday was a driving day due to mid-day commitments; today I walked to work in the late morning after a doctor's appointment: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 150 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: ...
  • DWWTWT?: February 26

    Today featured an almost-brisk walk down 156th Avenue NE: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 155 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 149 Did Not Compete: 89 Hope your week is going...
  • Springtime Must Be Close At Hand..

    ..pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training. This is better than the groundhog and his shadow.. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: February 4

    The week begins with another walk -- two days in a row!: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 149 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 139 Did Not Compete: 89 How about those Giants ?...
  • DWWTWT?: February 8

    The week ended with a drive due to post-work commitments: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 151 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 141 Did Not Compete: 89 Have a great weekend ...
  • DWWTWT?: February 7

    Despite the fact that I'm playing in the MS Musicians' February open mic night tonight, I walked to work today. Yes, I carried my guitar a mile and a half down 156th Avenue NE and proximate streets, probably the first time since my college days I've schlepped...
  • DWWTWT?: February 29

    The end of the week, the end of the month, and leap day were all celebrated with a walk through a crisp spring morning: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 158 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 149...
  • DWWTWT?: February 11-15

    Monday through Thursday were driving days due to various commitments during and after the work day, but the stars aligned on Friday and permitted a walk to work: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 152 Walked to the...
  • DWWTWT?: February 25

    Five minutes before I was going to leave this morning, I thought I was going to walk, but my dear wife told me to take the car.. so I did: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 154 Walked to the Bus: 17 ...
  • DWWTWT?: February 1

    The month begins and the week ends with a walk down 156th Avenue NE: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 148 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 139 Did Not Compete: 89 Have a great...
  • DWWTWT?: February 21-22

    Thursday was a driving day while this morning featured bright, crisp sunshine and an invigorating walk to work: Telecommuted: 37 Walked: 154 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 148 ...