Why do Java developers wear glasses?

I have a profound respect for professionals throughout the tech industry who use different tools, languages and platforms.  In that vein, the following is just for fun…

A few years ago when a friend who works at Microsoft told me that, as professional courtesy, they extend parking privileges to Java developers and Oracle DBAs by letting them use the handicapped spots, I thought that was pretty funny.

This one came from a co-worker this week and it might just top that:



Thanks, Brett Tomson, for sharing.

PASS 2011 Summit Begin–Wed Keynote

From the PASS Keynote Bloggers’ Table
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Rashabh Mehta

On stage introducing the conference “That’s Community”  – I agree

  • “Connecting is a very important part of this week”.   Build connections that will last a lifetime.  Many events and sessions specifically for networking and connecting with other professionals.
  • Best way to work with Microsoft and give feedback – Talk to the SQLCAT Team
  • MVP Deep Dives – from 55 MVPs, most are here.  Buy it at the summit and get it signed.
  • Evaluations are very important.  Paper in that back of each session room or onlight

Ted Kummert

Tools & Platform Sr. VP

Watch for announcements…..

  • SQL Server is the most widely adopted db platform/product on the planet
  • Transition to the cloud – new world of data
  • Appliance: Added Dell as PDW provider
  • Cloud is a combination of on premise & off-premise – “A Hybrid World”.  Sync Service s a big part of this vision.


  • Project Crescent is called POWER VIEW
  • Product name: SQL Server 2012
  • Product will ship in early 2012 – no surprises there.

Three-part vision going forward:

  • Processing any data any size, anywhere…
    Azure gets 20,000 Petabytes of data/month
    Microsoft officially supporting Apache Hadoop.  Will be making submission to the Hadoop project.
  • Hadoop project (an open source framework that enables applications to work with thousands of nodes and petabytes of data)
  • Hadoop
  • Partnering with HortonWorks

Denny Lee on stage

(Denny’s a one-of-a-kind personality – great guy) – runs the SQL CAT Team for large BI projects.

  • New Hive ODBC driver – will be available for download in about a month
  • Denny is demoing using PowerPivot with Hadoop as a data source. – very cool.

Tim Mallalieu on stage

  • Data Explorer – code name of new product in Azure Marketplace
  • Demo of Data Explorer to do data mashup with Excel and SQL Azure data – mashups are logical joins between disparate data sources using merging logic.
  • Using large data feeds through Azure Marketplace,
  • Data Explorer is from Azure Labs – coming soon, early next year.

Ted Kummert

  • Introducing Crescent/PowerView (I smell a demo)


Wooo Hoo.  Sitting at the Bloggers Table waiting for the first keynote address.  Mark Sousa wearing a lab coat – looks like a mad scientist.   This is the first of several posts during the first keynote address on Wednesday, October 12.

It’s 8:08 AM Pacific Time in Seattle and we have about 20 minutes to go.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the keynote this morning.

A Tribute to Steve Jobs

Yesterday we lost one of the great pioneers of the information age.  Steve Jobs was an innovator and one of few in our industry who who understood how to connect people with computers.  I learned to write code on an Apple ][e.  After graduating from my Commodore 64, we owned a Mac Classic, the first real, mainstream consumer machine that real people could use.  There are many people in the tech industry who have created great products and done great things but there are only a few heros.  Steve Jobs was a hero.


100 things you didn’t know about Apple and Steve Jobs

SQL Server MVP for another year

I’m naturally paranoid.  I suppose it keeps me honest.  When I went to work for SolidQ earlier this year – and joined the largest assembly of Microsoft SQL Server MVPs and some of the smartest, most capable people I’ve ever met – I knew that keeping my Microsoft MVP status was really important.  But I also started doing some more intense technical consulting work that challenged my skills.  With my attention focused more on project work than blogging and moderating the Reporting Services MSDN forum for a time, I was a little nervous about not making the cut this year.  But I did and I’m grateful for the privilege to continue to serve in this community of true professionals.

MVP for a 3rd year... Woo Hoo.  Just came today.

I’ve never been much of a horn-tooter and I always feel a little funny about self-promotion but this is something I just love doing.  Being an MVP doesn’t guarantee making more money or getting more business.  Granted, being part of a vibrant network of people who have valuable services to offer doesn’t hurt business at all but that’s not what it’s all about.  Being an MVP is just about being part of an awesome community of people who are passionate about giving to a community that gives back.  MVPs are volunteers who help others develop skills and collectively build a stronger industry.  Most run volunteer user groups and are involved in charity events (like the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives book).  We travel, we speak at events, we write books and articles.  We blog and tweet and make other funny noises.

My wife and kids tolerate my commitment but still support me endlessly.  My non-technical friends and extended family don’t even remotely get what I do  (“It’s some kind a geek rock star-like thing, kinda.”)

Thanks again for another opportunity to be part of the MVP culture.  I hope I can give as much as I get.

Just Moved the Blog to WordPress

I’ve just moved my blog from a site I hosted myself using the dasBlog ASP.NET application to WordPress.com.  Please let me know if you experience any issues at all.  Traffic to my domain at http://sqlserverbiblog.com is redirected to the new blog site at https://sqlserverbiblog.wordpress.com.  WordPress is a much more robust blogging environment so please enjoy and let me know what you think.  Since there is no easy way to migrate content between the two formats, I had all kinds of fun opening each individual post and then reposting to the new site!  Use the Email Subscription option on the right-hand sidebar to receive notification of updates.

Blogging on Blogging

So I must confess that my blogging efforts to date have been on the impersonal side – perhaps even a bit sterile.  I really admire bloggers who post daily and weekly, and seem to have interesting things to say about common and simple things.  In the coming year, I’d like to change my approach to blogging about SQL Server, BI, Reporting and all things related.  I’d like my blog to be more conversational and to read more like a journal and less like a textbook.  I had a chance to watch the recorded session from this year’s global PASS Summit on blogging.  A panel of some of the more prolific SQL Server MVP bloggers talked about their approach.  Folks like Buck Woody, Bent Ozar, Adam Mechanic and Rob Farley talked about the importance of sharing your personality while maintaining a balance between professional and personal information.  I’ve been writing technical books for over ten years and my blogging efforts have been in the same literary pattern as my books… if the content wasn’t complete and ready for print, it didn’t make it to the blog.  So, I’ll apologize up front for my future ramblings and incomplete thoughts as I make an attempt to become a more frequent and perhaps a less formal blogger.

With SQL Server Denali on the horizon for late 2011 or early 2012, I’m looking forward to some new book projects.  I won’t make any announcements until anything is official.  There are significant new developments in the works for the Microsoft business intelligence platform and improvements to the relational platform and tool suite.  The first public CTP was released in November but didn’t include a lot of new features.  The next Community Technical Preview that contains the cool stuff should be available to TAP program participants sometime in Q1 – which should be plenty to blog about.  Until then, I’ll continue to develop material around data visualization guidance and standards for the Microsoft BI platform.