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: 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...
  • 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: La Font de Canaletes Works Its Magic

    La Font de Canaletes is a public fountain near the head of La Rambla de Catalunya in what it currently the center of Barcelona, Spain: When I was in Barcelona last November, I reported that I "drank generously from the fountain, hopefully sealing my fate."  The fate to which I referred...
  • Blog Post: See You At Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers!

    Happy news this week that I'll be traveling to Orlando, Florida the first week of June to attend and present at Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers June 3-6 at the Orange County Convention Center . I'll be revisiting the three presentations I made last November in Barcelona.. Data Modeling...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers Session Schedule Released!

    Earlier this week, I got my session schedule for my talks at this year’s Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers in Barcelona . DAT04-IS, SQL Tricks from Microsoft IT, will be offered on Tuesday, 11 November from 1:30pm until 2:45pm. DAT03-IS, Real-World Indexing Strategies from Microsoft IT, will be offered on...
  • Blog Post: A Note to the Attendees of Today’s “SQL Tricks” Session

    During today’s session, many of you were sufficiently interested in the “ versioning of database components ” trick that I offered to post the deck from last year’s session here on the blog. Well, I’ve looked at the deck and it’s frankly a little thin.  What I need to do is take the scripts from...
  • Blog Post: What’s The One Thing A Technical Presenter Doesn’t Need?

    A case of laryngitis. Yup. As I mentioned yesterday , my voice got a little flaky towards the end of yesterday’s SQL Tricks presentation here at TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers . By the time I got back to the hotel to call Gale and the family, pretty much all I could do was click and squeak. Not a...
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Pieces of Feedback for “SQL Tricks” So Far

    Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of both presenters and delegates at TechEd. Since last year, the feedback system has been enhanced to the point where I’m now able to see my attendees' evaluations, including comments, in near real-time. The gifts, of course, are in...
  • Blog Post: Hello From Barcelona

    Greetings from the Speakers’ Lounge at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona , where TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers is in full swing. Over 3,000 developers from all over the region have gathered to share and learn best practices for the care and feeding of their Microsoft solutions. I’ve got...
  • Blog Post: Don't Like My English? Try Me In Portuguese (and Eleven Other Languages) With Windows Live Translator!

    This is the coolest thing I've seen in quite awhile.. Microsoft Server and Tools (the group that brings you, among others, the MSDN , TechNet , Expression , and CodePlex sites) is leveraging the latest translation technology from Windows Live and Microsoft Research teams to bring you Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers Update/See You Next Week

    The last couple of days have certainly had a particular orientation.  In addition to booking my arrangement for tomorrow night's trip to New York, today I booked my trip and accommodations in Orlando, and I received my speaking schedule last week.  Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008...
  • Blog Post: Scripts for “SQL Tricks: Insights from Microsoft IT”

    UPDATED 22 November 2008 with Code Gallery URL. A ZIP file of the scripts from the SQL Tricks: Insights from Microsoft IT presentation I’m giving in Barcelona this week is available for download here . The tricks will be familiar to long-time denizens of this space, as they’ve all been discussed here...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Indexing Presentation Now Available on MSDN Code Gallery

    Well, it took me long enough to figure out how to get this done, didn’t it?  The good news is that I have a brand new tool in my arsenal..  the bad news is that I burned a bunch of precious rural bandwidth trying to upload this material to inappropriate platforms. The TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers...
  • Blog Post: I'd Much Rather Be At TechEd 2008 Developers..

    .. but my appendix had other plans. I underwent the fabled 0400 Sunday morning emergency appendectomy following a burst on Saturday evening, May 17. Absent a misguided 16-hour attempt to leave the hospital 72-hours post-op (my last gasp at joining you in Orlando), I was in the hospital until last Friday...
  • Blog Post: More On Machine Translation: A Response for Hugo

    No, that's not "moron machine translation", but if you read Hugo Kornelis' candid and very helpful comments on Tuesday's Windows Live Translator post , you're certainly aware that machine translation (MT) has its pitfalls. The pun in the paragraph above is a good example of the challenges faced by...
  • Blog Post: Eighteen Days Until TechEd Developers North America 2008!

    This afternoon, I attended a briefing for TechEd North America 2008 presenters and staff, and yesterday I got my booth schedule for the event.  I've got my Hands-On Lab for SQL Tricks finished, and I was happily surprised to hear earlier this week that pre-conference interest in the session has...
  • Blog Post: Travelogue: Three Hours in Barcelona

    I mentioned in my first dispatch from Barcelona that my schedule this year prohibited the sort of experience I had outside of the conference last year. While I had two full days last year with no commitments at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, this year the organizers kept me busy every day...