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Should You Share Your Fitness Information?

John  Traenkenschuh

Whether using a Fitbit or Jawbone UP, many are recording their fitness information and sending the changes to the Cloud.  


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It was 20 years ago today: Data Migration Strategy II

John  Traenkenschuh
Is your information ready for the next 20 years?  Traenk gives more information on what you must understand when creating a Data Migration Strategy, something all organizations, businesses, and people must create.

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InformIT's 17 Days of Giveaways

Rachel Bayless

Get ready for a month full of giveaways. From July 9 through the end of the month, InformIT will be having 17 days of giveaways. Each week has a theme to make sure that there’s something YOU will be excited to win!

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Careful with those NULLs

Buck Woody

Many folks (including me) use NULL values in their databases. There's actually a bit of controversy on even having them - but I don't fall on the side of never using the. But you do need to exercise some care...

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By Buck WoodyCommentsOctober 13, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

The true value of conferences

Buck Woody

I recently returned from the "SQLBits" conference in York, England. I met a lot of folks that I've seen before at other conferences, but I also met a fair amount that had not been to a SQL Server conference before.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsOctober 5, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

Finding Big Data

Buck Woody

I get asked from time to time about locating "Big Data" - or large sets of data for an application.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsSeptember 16, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

Databases are the longest-lived component

Buck Woody

Most of you know that I write a technical article each week for the InformIT website - you can see a list of all my articles here. I’ve been writing for that site for – well, a really long time. I have articles all the way back to SQL Server version 7! The question was that we saw a huge uptick for an older SQL Server article there. A question was posed as to whether we should update that article, or remove it since it was on SQL Server 2000. My response? No!

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By Buck WoodyCommentsSeptember 9, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

SQL Server 101 Back to Basics at SQL Bits

Buck Woody

I’m traveling to the United Kingdom (York, England, to be specific) in September, joining Brent Ozar, Brad McGehee, Kevin Kline, Simon Sabin – and a host of other top-notch speakers. They will be covering deep technical topics ranging from server health checks to SANs and Virtualization. So what will I be talking about? SQL Server 101.

 

Every time I attend a conference like this, I’m amazed at the depth of technical information you can learn about. And for those of us who make a living at SQL Server, they are a great bargain – you get a “knowledge accelerator” that helps you do your job.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsSeptember 7, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

Dealing with Data Defining the Components to Tune

Buck Woody

I've been reading a fascinating article about the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC facility. It's a scientific research facility that houses a particle collider, which generates an incredible amount of data. Their original plan was to stream the data to tape, then sending the data to "islands" closer to the users, offloading the network as quickly as possible. But they found that the network could handle the streaming better than they thought - so they now stream the data directly to the users, saturating the network. It's a new way of thinking about moving the data around.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsSeptember 2, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

Work Swarms

Buck Woody

I’ve been reading some excerpts from Gartner, Inc. and information from others on the changes they are seeing in the workplace. It’s holding true where I work and in the workplaces of the other data professionals I work with. One of those new trends is called “Swarming” – where informal teams get together to work on a particular project, and in some cases a single task, as a group. They then move on to another task, and so on, like a swarm of bees. These are less formal than the “Tiger Teams” I used to be part of that were also temporary, but had a more formal banding and dis-banding. The Gartner article states that this is more often the norm in companies than not.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsAugust 24, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

A combination of crowdsourcing, people helping people, and the best technical community there is

Buck Woody

I talk a lot about “giving back”. It’s a personal issue with me – I grew up quite poor, and from time to time someone would take notice that my mom and I didn’t have enough to eat, and they would help us out. I’ve never forgotten those folks.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsAugust 19, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

Direct Contact with SQL Servers Future

Buck Woody

Many times I'm asked "does Microsoft ever ask the users what they want in SQL Server"? Yes, we do. A lot, actually. And you can be a part of that conversation.

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By Buck WoodyCommentsAugust 17, 2010
Topics: SQL Server, Data

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