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)

September, 2009

  • DWWTWT?: September 30

    After yesterday’s milestone , the month and quarter conclude with a telecommute (green commute #501): Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted ...
  • DWWTWT?: September 28-29

    The week starts out with a couple of telecommuting days: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 265 Walked 218 Walked...
  • Mark Your Calendar: Windows 7 Readiness Webcast on October 6

    The following description of a pending webcast arrived in my inbox earlier this week; I thought it might be of interest to some of you as you prepare for the launch of Windows 7: Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7? October 6, 2009 12:00 PM Eastern...
  • A Gift From Jens and Jimmy

    Two Microsoft folks frequently featured in this space, Microsoft Certified Masters Jimmy May and Jens Suessmeyer , have joined forces to bring to the world SQLIOSimParser, a tool to parse and interpret the XML output of the Bob Dorr’s SQLIOSim testing...
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available for Download

    If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members. Here’s the skinny from the download page: SQL Server...
  • DWWTWT?: September 14-25

    These last two weeks have been spent diligently telecommuting from the woods of central Florida: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 263...
  • DWWTWT?: September 7-11

    After Monday’s Labor Day holiday, the remainder of the week was spent telecommuting from the woods of central Florida: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted...
  • Pond’s Twelfth Law: In Your Pursuit of Five Nines, Don’t Practice in Front of the CIO

    After a long hiatus , Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How to Be a Competent Professional in an Irrational World) returns. Thanks to Jimmy May for a kick-in-the-pants on this topic several months ago; I hope he’ll understand why I just had to wait until...
  • Database Programming: A New String Concatenation Contender for SQL Server 2008

    UPDATED 11:11p 7 September 2009: Based on my latest exchange with Adam (see the comments for this post), compound operators should be avoided for string concatenation due to the ORDER BY bug discused in KB 287515 . The XML variant below is the preferred...
  • DWWTWT?: September 1-4

    The month begins and the week proceeds with an uninterrupted telecommuting stretch: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 249 Walked...
  • Database Programming: Did You Know IN Can Do This?

    Courtesy of Jens Suessmeyer comes this little gem purloined from an internal discussion; cut-and-paste this into SQL Server Management Studio and see if you can answer the questions in the comments before you execute the script: --   create and populate...
  • Download a New Browser and Help Feed the Hungry

    I sure wish I’d known about this sooner.. If you haven’t yet downloaded Internet Explorer 8, here’s a great opportunity to acquire some fantastic software and help out some folks less fortunate than we are in the bargain. If you download Internet Explorer...