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, 2009

  • DWWTWT?: July 27-31

    The planned all-driving week was postponed due to several extenuating circumstances, and will hopefully transpire at the beginning of September. I drove Monday and then spent the rest of the week dealing with my gall bladder issue, entering the hospital...
  • Database Programming: What I’ve Learned About SQL Server 2008 (with a little on SQL Server 2005 thrown in)

    With SQLRAP 2.5 out the door a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been free to turn to another project, SIPA, an internal effort to automate storage and retrieval of our group’s diverse intellectual property catalog. I’m acting as both the database architect and...
  • One Giant Leap for an Aspiring Geek: Congratulations, Jimmy May!

    Forty years ago this past Monday, I sat in rapt yet bleary-eyed amazement as a flickering black-and-white picture showed me that people could do anything if they aspire to a shared dream and set their minds to working together to achieve it. As an eight...
  • DWWTWT?: July 20-24

    Two interruptions to work this week: a trip to Ocala on Monday to a water park to celebrate my grandson Alex’s twelfth birthday (fun), and several trips to the DMV on Wednesday (less so): Commuting Options Selected since 12 June...
  • DWWTWT?: July 13-17

    Another week, another batch of telecommutes: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 225 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus...
  • Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is Now Available

    Actually, I’m about a month late to the party on this one..  but I’ve been busy.. Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is available for download here . The SQL Server Release team discusses the SP3 release here and the SP2 release...
  • DWWTWT?: July 6-10

    Another week of telecommuting from beautiful (albeit rainy) central Florida: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 220 Walked ...
  • DWWTWT?: July 1-3

    The month begins with two more days of telecommuting after last week’s trip to Redmond followed by today’s day off in commemoration of Independence Day: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number...
  • Database Programming: The Time Zone Conversion Beast, Once Comatose, Returns to Taunt Us a Second Time (or, An Answer for Iain)

    Now go away, or we shall taunt you a second time. - John Cleese as a French knight (picture at left); Monty Python and the Holy Grail One of the reasons I started blogging over four years ago was my conviction that the coding challenges with which...