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: IE7 Is Here!

    This morning, the English version of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP was released to the web; it's available for download here . There are myriad improvements over IE6, of which tabbed browsing is just the most obvious. Were I you, I would certainly take these bits out for a spin. Enjoy! ...
  • Blog Post: Throw Some SPARKs: Microsoft’s First Windows Embedded Hobbyist Competition

    I think contests are really cool, so I tend to blog about them here even when they’re not overtly SQL Server related. A little background..  back in March of this year, the Windows Embedded Group launched SPARK Your Imagination , the first hobbyist-focused program for this exciting technology. ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 QFE Rollup Released

    The most recent set of fixes for SQL Server 2005, the Service Pack 1 QFE Rollup, is available for download here . The linked page currently includes instructions in seven languages as well as links for downloading all of the updated components. You'll also find a list of the hotfixes included in the...
  • Blog Post: Feedback is a Gift; Thanks, Kalen!

    The law of unintended consequences is an amazing thing. When I posted Dirk Gubbels’ holiday greeting last week, I very quietly snuck in a new format for displaying source code, a formatting plug-in that was recommended in an internal discussion group.  It was decidedly not what I was looking for...
  • Blog Post: Career Development?: What a Day Dad Had!

    BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION and FULL DISCLOSURE: I don’t usually pass my blog entries by my boss before I post them, but I rarely blog so directly about the details of my work experiences. For that reason, and because he and our team figure prominently in this story, I have done so in this case. Therefore...
  • Blog Post: Finally, An Answer (and a mea culpa) For Adam Machanic

    I've once again been frightfully neglectful of this blog, as the holidaze, shifting work assignments, and the occasional personal event have combined to render me a poor custodian. The good news is that I've got a backlog of tidbits to share. Before we get started with those, though, I'd like to respond...
  • Blog Post: A Note From Binh's Customer

    Binh Cao's customer left a comment on yesterday's post on global temp tables. Here's the money quote: My research confirms that global temp table does allow the plan to be shared among processes. However now we are forced to deal with the problem of ownership of data within the global temp table...
  • Blog Post: May The Blessings Of The Season Be Upon You

    I mentioned in my last post that I'd be sharing some "seasonal" thoughts while I'm on vacation; on behalf of my family and me, here they are.. For some years, it's been my custom during the holiday season to share this story with friends, family, and co-workers as a reminder of the true nature of...
  • Blog Post: R.I.P. Tun-Hsu "Martha" McCoy -- and Thank You!

    Every once in awhile, you get a piece of news that sets you looking at where you are and where you've been. Today is one of those days. There will be no technical content in this post, and it might ramble some. Bear with me; it's been a contemplative night.. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= When I was a young...
  • Blog Post: Issue 18 of The Architecture Journal Now Available

    I found out recently that Microsoft publishes a quarterly called The Architecture Journal .  As its website says, its articles are designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the art of IT architecture. The focus of Journal 18 is Green Computing. ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Table Valued Parameter Webcast

    The webast for Table Valued Parameters is currently ongoing, and is well worth your time. Database developers should be salivating for this feature! Check out the end of the webcast now.. when the links to the recordings for this week's sessions are up, I'll post them here. -wp
  • 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: Strange Bedfellows? Branson Offers Hawking A Boost

    Stephen Hawking wants to go to space. Via Virgin Galactic , Richard Branson wants to help. Read this . It's pretty remarkable. -wp
  • Blog Post: 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 that the anticipation of a sad day does precious little...
  • Blog Post: CTP 6 of SQL Server 2008 Is Now Available For Download

    The latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 is available for download at the Microsoft Connect website, here . The list of new features in this release is pretty impressive: Progress-Based Management: policy violation alerts, policy import, running and evaluating multiple policies simultaneously, and...
  • 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: Don't Forget! SQL Server 2008 Web Chat On Thursday, March 13

    I wanted to mention this one more time, since my previous post on this topic suffers from a cryptic title.. Join the Microsoft SQL Server development team to learn more and ask technical questions about the February CTP release of SQL Server 2008. The web chat starts here at 11 am Pacific Daylight...
  • Blog Post: 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 64. I first became familiar with Richie and Little...
  • Blog Post: TechNet White Paper on SQL Server Virtualization Now Available

    Great news today from Mark Pohto: the TechNet White Paper SQL Server Consolidation at Microsoft has just been posted. You can download a Microsoft Word document here , or read it on-line here . In addition to being one of the world’s leading experts on SQL Server operations, Mark is a fine human being...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Database Connectivity: An Answer For Kyle

    Kyle Schoonover, a former colleague in MSIT, posed the following questions in a comment on October’s cross-version database attachments post : Ward, I'm currently working in MySQL and writing conversion scripts to convert a MySQL database to a SQL 2005 database.  I have also been using OpenQuery...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Certified Master Programs Have Joined the Blogosphere

    If you’re looking for the best high-end training in Microsoft technologies – OCS, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, or Windows Directory – the Microsoft Certified Masters program is where you want to be. The program’s website has always been a great source of information, but this morning there’s...
  • 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: Back In-Country: Greetings From JFK

    Greetings from the Delta terminal at JFK Airport in beautiful South Ozone Park, NY, where I’m currently laying over on my way back to Orlando.  As I was getting up at 6am Barcelona time, my wife was watching Friday night’s episode of David Letterman back home in Florida.  Time zones are certainly...