February 2010

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User Group Leaders: Who Are Your Members?

At the MVP Summit last week, I was talking with fellow Dallas-area tweep Sean McCown about our local SQL Server user group membership.  I think our group is unique because of its sheer size; we typically have between 70 and 90 people at our monthly meetings, with a mailing list that goes out to between 600 and 800 people.  So…


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Dude, Your Fly Is Open

Way back during my days as a retail clerk, I had a customer who had a, um, clothing malfunction.  The store was very busy one afternoon, and as he approached me to ask a question, it was readily apparent that his barn door was left open.  As discreetly as I could, I leaned in and whispered to him that he…


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The PASS Acquisition of SQL Saturday

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the SQL Saturday franchise was voluntarily transferred to PASS.  This change of ownership could be a good thing for SQL Saturday, but I do have some questions and concerns. Let me say for starters that the SQL Saturday franchise is near and dear to me, since it was one of the…


A New Season (A Networking Success Story)

I’d like to share a networking success story.  Last year, I blogged about my experience at the PASS Summit of 2005, where I was essentially a wallflower and didn’t really do any networking.  Since then, I’ve realized its importance and have embraced professional networking as a key component in a successful career. Ever since then I have carried through on…


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SSIS Alpha Splits using the CODEPOINT() Function

A relatively common requirement in ETL processing is to break records into disparate outputs based on an alphabetical split on a range of letters.  A practical example of this would be a work queue for collections staff based on last name; records would be pulled from a common source and then separated into multiple outputs based on a the Customer…