May 2010

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SQL Saturday Dallas Top Ten(ish)

So for those of you who attended SQL Saturday Dallas this past weekend, here’s my Top Ten(ish) list from the event: Getting lost in the construction zone on Spring Valley on the way A thousand Quest splat balls Competing with SQL Saturday Portland and Indy Tech Fest on the same day – but knowing that ours was the biggest, because…


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It’s Done – SQLSat35

This is a strange feeling.  No frantic deadlines.  No daily conference calls with the team.  No hurried trips to the printers, no sessions to juggle around, no all-day Saturday work days coming up.  My kids recognize me again.  I know what my house looks like in daylight. More importantly, I get to resurrect my neglected blog. SQL Saturday Dallas was…


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PASS BI Virtual Chapter Webcast: Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse

Everyone is invited to a webcast hosted by the PASS Business Intelligence virtual chapter this Friday, May 14th, as we welcome SQL Server MVP Jessica Moss as she presents “Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse”.  We’ll start at noon EDT and will run for about an hour, so grab your lunch beforehand and enjoy this virtual lunch-and-learn opportunity. The…


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Report Parameter order in SSRS

Is the order of parameters important in SQL Server Reporting Services reports?  If you’ve got nested parameters (parameters that derive their value from one or more other parameters), it is very important! Using a trivial report example, I’m going to demonstrate how the order of parameters matters a great deal when those parameters interact with one another.  For this example,…