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)

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  • Blog Post: Baseball Challenge Update

    The 3rd Annual Baseball Challenge, for the benefit Cocoon House and the Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington , took place yesterday at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Cocoon House team won again this year, 11-5, despite my contribution of an 0-for-3 afternoon at the plate. The game featured participation...
  • Blog Post: The Gig Was..

    .. a blast. Over $100 was raised, which the company will match, and as far as I know a good time was had by all. If you'd like to support Cocoon House , please let me know .
  • Blog Post: Baseball Challenge 2005: A Chance To Give Something Back

    Warning: what follows is a shameless solicitation, directed towards my friends and colleagues in the Puget Sound region and throughout the country, to provide financial assistance to some of the most innocent, wonderful people you will ever meet. If this particular type of conversation is not your pint...
  • Blog Post: Baseball Challenge 2006: Another Chance To Give Back

    If this post looks familiar to long-time denizens of this space, it's most likely because you read this one last year. What follows is a shameless solicitation, directed towards my friends and colleagues in the Puget Sound region and throughout the country, to provide financial assistance to some...
  • Blog Post: The Gig is On

    As promised, here are the details of the Giving Campaign concert for Cocoon House . I'll be playing between noon and one on Monday, October 3rd, at the cafeteria in the Microsoft "Sammamish C" building in Issaquah, WA. If you can't join us but would still like to support the cause, leave me feedback...
  • Blog Post: An Email From BillG

    Yesterday was the last day of the annual Microsoft Giving Campaign Auction, and tomorrow is the last day of the Giving Campaign as a whole. An all-employee email from Bill Gates reminding us of this latter fact provides some fodder for reflection. In his mail, BillG reflects that while the first Giving...
  • Blog Post: Database Programming Contest: Adam Machanic Throws Down

    Never let it be said that Adam Machanic lacks style.. Adam left a comment on yesterday’s revisiting of the XML String Concatenation Trick, announcing his T-SQL Challenge: Grouped String Concatenation contest. Read Adam’s post to get all of the particulars for the event.  I hope to be able to play...
  • Blog Post: 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 8 from http://www.browserforthebetter.com , Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Baseball Challenge This Sunday!

    Full details here .. please support this worthy cause if you can! More next week.. -wp