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)

Blogs

  • This Space Is Closed -- at least for now

    (updated 14 October 2010 to include a pointer to my new SQL Server-related blog) Today I received the unhappy news that my current position at Microsoft has been eliminated, effective this Friday. This was not entirely unexpected, but I find...
  • More About Our Dad, Thomas Alexander Pond

    We've posted Dad's obituary online at my website . Please stop by and read it. He lived a remarkable life. -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted at http://blogs.technet.com/wardpond .   the author and his employer are pleased to provide...
  • RIP Thomas Alexander Pond: 1924-2010

    I’ve been down, but not like this before - Paul Barrere (Little Feat), All That You Dream It’s a very disturbing trend in one’s life when so much of one’s writing begins with the three letters which this entry does. It’s...
  • RIP Richie Hayward: 1946-2010

    Sad, sad news today from the worlds of music and friendship: Richie Hayward – founding member, drummer, writer, and singer in the seminal American rock and roll band Little Feat – lost his year-long battle with liver cancer today. He was only...
  • Two New Corners of the InterWebs -- and They’re Mine!

    A busy weekend here in central Florida, as I established two new personal domains: http://WardPond.net , my personal website, and http://pondsponderings.wordpress.com , my personal blog While you’ve been in no danger of being deluged by personal traffic...
  • Serving the SQL Server Blogosphere for a Twentieth of a Century!

    It’s been exactly five years since this blog went live with a questionable Admiral Stockdale reference, and despite an extended hiatus recently to due a confluence of personal and professional issues, your interest in my ponderings continues to a humbling...
  • Five Things About sp_.. (okay.. Four Things and a Closing Argument)

    Celebrating the first day of Summer with the first technical post on the blog since mid-Winter (apologies for my absence).. Jens has a great post regarding the internal behavior of various forms of sp_-named programmability objects. Some SQLRAP-related...
  • Happy Birthday, Mom v78.05

    Today would’ve been my mother’s 83rd birthday if we hadn’t lost her to emphysema on 4 November 2004.  I wish I could call her today, but I can’t. Please find time soon, if you’re able, to call your mother and thank her for your life.  Such precious...
  • MERGE, XML Access, and a CTE: Not So Fast

    A bit of old news, as I return to the blog in earnest after some time away.. Last summer, in the posts Database Programming: What I’ve Learned About SQL Server 2008 (with a little on SQL Server 2005 thrown in) and Database Programming: Why I Like MERGE...
  • DWWTWT?: January, 2010

    After spending the first three “working” days of the month enjoying the end of my sons’ holiday break, the remaining 18 days were spent telecommuting: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number...
  • R.I.P. Robert B. Parker

    Sad news today from the world of letters with the passing of Robert B. Parker , author of over 50 books, including the thirty-seven which comprise the Spenser series of detective novels. I’ve been an unabashed fan of Parker’s since I read my first Spenser...
  • DWWTWT?: December, 2009

    December saw three days of driving to Tampa for a customer visit, followed by eleven days of telecommuting and nine days of inactivity for the holidays (no monthly chart needed now!): Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006...
  • Happy Birthday Dad v85.0

    Today is my dad’s eighty-fifth birthday.  It was my intention to travel to Vermont to surprise him and take him to dinner, but a recent illness renders long-distance travel ill-advised in the short term. So he and I will have to settle for the telephone...
  • DWWTWT?: November 9-30

    The remainder of the month featured two weeks of telecommuting, one week of non-competition (for sickness and Thanksgiving week), and one day of driving for a customer visit near Tampa: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June...
  • DWWTWT?: November 2-6

    The new month began with yet another telecommuting-filled week: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 290 Walked 218 ...
  • DWWTWT?: October 26-30

    The month ended with another telecommuting-filled week: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 285 Walked 218 Walked...
  • New Career Campaign From Microsoft Learning

    UPDATED 27 October 2009 with the correct expiration date for the E-Learning Collections discount (thanks, Lain !). Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a promotion, or trying to become indispensible in your existing role, Microsoft has launched...
  • The Pond's Laws Home Page

    This page will serve as a compendium of Pond’s Laws posts. The individual posts which promulgate the laws may be found as follows: Pond's First through Tenth Laws Pond's Eleventh Law Pond's Twelfth Law Pond's Thirteenth Law Pond's Laws of System...
  • Pond’s Laws Home Page Now Live

    Thanks to yet another kick-in-the-pants from Jimmy May (did he play soccer as a youth?) the Pond’s Laws Home Page is now live. Jimmy wanted to find all of Pond’s Laws in one place, and now he (and you) can. There’s also a link to the new page in the...
  • DWWTWT?: October 19-23

    The week again featured a full week of telecommuting.. relatively good health is a wonderful thing: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 280...
  • Windows 7 Now Available

    You might have heard about this somewhere else.. but Windows 7 was launched today . I recently got an upgraded laptop from my employer, upon which I installed Windows 7. Both the machine and the software are quite remarkable. First, the machine...
  • Pond’s Thirteenth Law: Change Won’t Be Cheaper Tomorrow

    Herewith, a discussion of the emergence of Pond’s Thirteenth Law (if you need to catch up, here are Laws One through Ten , Eleven , and Twelve , as well as three ruminations on the implications of Pond’s Seventh Law ).. One of the great things about...
  • Beta 2 Release for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Available for Download

    Exciting news for the developer community: yesterday Microsoft released the second beta for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.  Click here for the download page. If you need it, go get it! -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted...
  • DWWTWT?: October 12-16

    The week featured a full week of telecommuting: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 275 Walked 218 Walked to the...
  • DWWTWT?: October 5-9

    The week featured three noncompetitive days due to illness, followed by two telecommutes: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 270 ...