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: Greetings From SQL PASS!

    At the moment, I'm on my first break of my first morning of my first PASS, and so far it's all been good. I rode the Sound Transit 545 bus in from Redmond and was deposited two blocks from the Convention Center. The preconference session on my agenda today is called "Microsoft Business Intelligence...
  • Blog Post: A Picture From Barcelona

    Attached is a picture of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia ( Temple of the Sacred Family ) which I took yesterday .
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers 2007 Barcelona: Day 4

    Another busy day here in Barcelona. I started this morning by heading to La Rambla de Catalunya in the center of the old city. I wanted to visit La Font de Canaletes . Local legend has it that visitors that drink from this fountain will someday return to Barcelona. I confess I was expecting a running...
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS 2006, Day 3

    Networking, I'm user friendly Networking, I install with ease Data processed, truly BASIC I will upload you, you can download me - Networking , Warren Zevon and Stefan Arngrim Today is the third day of my trip to the SQL PASS 2006 Community Summit , and the first day of the conference proper. It...
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS 2006, Day 2

    Greetings from the last break of the second day of preconference seminars from SQL PASS 2006 . Since my primary goal in attending this week is to get up to speed on BI issues, today I'm attending a seminar called, "Enterprise ETL with Integration Services", presented by Erik Veerman of Solid Quality...
  • Blog Post: See You Even More In Barcelona: Two Additional Chalk Talk Sessions Added

    I'm pleased to report that the organizers of TechEd have scheduled repeat offerings of two of my sessions (so much for my earlier belief that the schedule was finalized *grin*): Set-Based Thinking for the T-SQL Developer: Insights from Microsoft IT will also be presented in Room 132, 3:45pm-5pm...
  • Blog Post: Database Versioning Demonstration Uploaded

    Fulfilling my promise at TechEd , I’ve finally completed a self-directed demonstration of the database versioning techniques I first presented at last year’s TechEd and which was alluded to during this year’s TechEd SQL Tricks presentations. It’s published here on my resource page at MSDN Code Gallery...
  • Blog Post: See You At PASS!

    This news has been in the works for a couple of days, but it was only just this morning that everything came into focus.. There are two pieces of news to share: one is that I will be in attendance at next week's 2006 PASS Community Summit in Seattle. If you'll be at PASS and you're reading this message...
  • Blog Post: Another Picture From Barcelona

    Attached is a picture of the Barcelona Cathedral which I took yesterday .
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS 2006, Day 4

    Another day at the SQL PASS 2006 Community Summit , and my education continues on more axes than I would've thought possible. The day started very early, with Quest Software 's breakfast seminar, The Growing World of SQL Server: Surviving The Data Avalanche . We had over 200 people show up for a spirited...
  • Blog Post: See You At Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007!

    This news solidified last week, but it's taken me this long to get a spare moment to post it here. It's my pleasure to announce that I'll be moderating two interactive discussions at TechEd Developers 2007, November 5-9 in Barcelona, Spain. My discussions will be part of the Database Development track...
  • Blog Post: DWWTWT?: November 5

    The hotel in Barcelona is a block from the Convention Center, and I didn't rent a car.. so of course I walked, albeit a fairly short distance: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 123 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 118 Did Not Compete: ...
  • Blog Post: One More Picture (for now) From Barcelona

    Attached is a picture of the view from my hotel window which I took yesterday .
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers 2007 Barcelona: Day 0

    It's a little after 4pm on Sunday afternoon in Barcelona as I write to you from the Speakers' Lounge at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, known to this American visitor as the Barcelona International Convention Center. Registration has been open since 10am, and while I haven't been here...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers 2007 Barcelona: Day 5

    TechEd Developers 2007 is history, but not before an eventful last day. My day started with my last presentation of the conference, the Version-stamping of Database Objects talk. There were about twenty-five attendees, and they were very receptive to the talk. I spent almost half an hour answering...
  • Blog Post: DWWTWT?: November 9

    The week ends with more TechEd walking.. Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 127 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 118 Did Not Compete: 76 Hope you have a great weekend! -wp
  • Blog Post: DWWTWT?: November 16

    In attempting to assess this morning's possibilities, yesterday I said: [I]f anything goes wrong in the morning I'll have to ditch the bus and fire up the MG . Well, nothing went wrong (if you don't count designing a day where I needed to get up at 5:10 a.m.); I got Zach to his practice, brought...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechEd Developers: New Session Added

    Late-breaking news related to my earlier announcement that I'm presenting at next month's TechEd Developers 2007 in Barcelona: It's my pleasure to announce that I'll be moderating a third session, largely demo-oriented, called Version-stamping of Database Objects using SQLCMD and SQL Server Management...
  • Blog Post: See You In Barcelona: Schedule Finalized For TechEd Developers 2007 Chalk Talks

    The PowerPoints are done. All of the demos save one are complete. A few days ago, the final pieces fell into place when the final schedule for TechEd Developers 2007. I'll be delivering the following "chalk talk" sessions: Set-Based Thinking for the T-SQL Developer: Insights from Microsoft IT...
  • Blog Post: A Brand New Blog You Might Not Know About Yet..

    On the heels of two messages last week pointing you at worthy SQL-related blog resources, I'm happy to say that yet another team has jumped on the blogging bandwagon at Microsoft. That's nothing but good news for you if you're a user of SQL Server (which, if you're reading this blog and you're unrelated...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BI Conference 2007: Days 2 and 3

    As the great John Lennon once said, "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." I had hoped to spend all of Thursday and most of Friday at the BI Conference, but some late-breaking issues at work pulled me away from the two Thursday afternoon sessions I was most interested in. I'll have...
  • Blog Post: DWWTWT?: November 15

    The commuting challenges and obligations were the same today as they've been all week , only today I needed to get downtown half an hour earlier, and when I woke up it was raining cats and dogs. After a good deal more consideration than any person should have to give to any topic before sunrise, I...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers 2007 Barcelona: Day 1

    TechEd Developers 2007 got off to a roaring start today, as nearly 3000 attendees and presenters flocked to the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona for the event. Today’s keynote was delivered by S. Somasegar , Microsoft’s Corporate VP of the Developer Division, who made the following exciting...
  • Blog Post: DWWTWT?: November 7

    Still self-propelled in Barcelona.. Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 125 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 118 Did Not Compete: 76 -wp
  • Blog Post: DWWTWT?: November 6

    As discussed here , I did a lot of walking today. Some of it was even from the hotel to the Convention Center, so I'm going to count this as a competitive, and therefore walking, day: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 124 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove...