Monthly Archive: November 2009

Giving Thanks

My career While I am no Kalen or Paul or Itzik or Erland (or… the list could go on and on), I am very thankful that I have been able to shape a moderately...

Connect Digest : 2009-11-25

Can we improve on CHECKSUM()? Mike C# is not happy with the reliability of CHECKSUM() and asks for a better function that has less (or no) chance of collisions. #513376 : A Better Collision-Free...

Connect Digest : 2009-11-20

SSMS needs to support today's (and tomorrow's) number of cores Apparently when you try to get to the server properties page where CPUs are displayed, the UI is not equipped to handle 96 cores. ...

What is so bad about EAV, anyway?

I see a lot of people trash-talking the EAV (entity-attribute-value) model.  If you want the full story on EAV, I recommend you read the Wikipedia entry.  Basically this is the situation where instead of...

Connect digest : 2009-11-13

Cart before the horse Last week, a fix for SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU #4 was quietly slipped into the CU4 download page.  CU4 was build 10.0.2734, but you could have easily grabbed 10.0.2740...

Another PASS has come and gone

Wow, what a week!  I am just settling in back home after a week away, most of which I spent at the PASS summit in Seattle.  Whether you were there or not, you might...

Connect Digest : 2009-11-06

This week I've been at PASS, so haven't spent a whole lot of time digging into new Connect issues.  There was one raised today where the new += syntax in SQL Server 2008 can...

Blogging from the PASS Keynote : 2009-11-04

Rushabh Mehta, PASS President of Finance What makes PASS run?  He mentioned CA and Microsoft as founding members.  But the overwhelming response from the crowd: we're more interested in free drinks. Stressed financial transparency...