March 2010

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An Un-CATCHable Error?

I’ve been using the scripting tools in SSIS for some time, but I came across something today that I can’t quite explain.  I normally don’t posts unresolved problems on my blog, but I’m trying out a strategy suggested by my friend Lee Everest by sharing unfinished work in the hopes that my research and troubleshooting can help someone else. So…


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PASS BI Virtual Chapter

Did you know that PASS has virtual chapters, allowing members to participate in virtual meetings that are geographically agnostic?  One such group is the PASS BI Virtual Chapter which serves those interested in SQL Server business intelligence related topics.  Meetings are held via LiveMeeting, typically on a weekday around midday to allow a virtual lunch-and-learn experience.  I’ve attended several of…


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SQL Saturday is a’comin!

Just a quick reminder that registration is still open for SQL Saturday #35 in Dallas.  This event will be held at the Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson on May 22, just over two months from now. We’ve had a lot of excellent sessions submitted from scores of industry experts and Microsoft employees, and we’ll be finalizing the schedule…


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North Texas SQL Server User Group – March 2010

Join us this Thursday, March 18th for our monthly NTSSUG meeting.  SQL Server MVP Sean McCown will be continuing his series on Ground Zero SSIS at 6:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Drew Minkin, who will be presenting a session on SQL Server data mining: Data Mining for SQL Developers: This session will introduce SQL Developers to how SQL Server…


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Alpha Split in SSIS, Redux

So I’ve discovered another benefit of being a technical blogger.  Not only do you get some kudos when you write something that helps someone else, but if you offer up a less-than-optimal solution, you’ll get some suggestions on how it can be done better.  I’ve had my share of the former, but earlier this week I experienced the latter. Last…