My first few minutes with SQL Azure

I've finally decided to play a little with SQL Azure. I have to say, my first few minutes have been less than fantastic. When I go to this is what I see:   It seems that I don't have an invitation code, so I guess I'll sign up for […]

The results are in: I'm an okay speaker.

Last weekend I spoke at SQL Saturday #60 in Cleveland, Ohio. I had a great time catching up with some existing friends and colleagues, and met a bunch of new people too. I presented two sessions: What's New in Denali, and T-SQL: Bad Habits to Kick.  Yesterday the organizers passed […]

Is SQL Server 2008 R2 a full release of SQL Server?

This has come up in conversations more than once in the past little while – recently on twitter I made the casual comment that later this year, SQL Server 2008 will be "two versions old."  Well, not everyone agrees that that is technically true.  So, I thought I'd put something […]

Get your Master Immersion learning on!

Time is running out to register for the Master Immersion training events being held in Dallas, TX by SQLskills.  These particular events will be instructed by Paul Randal (blog | twitter), Kimberly Tripp (blog | twitter), and Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) and reflect the new format for the Microsoft […]

Differences in documentation for sys.dm_exec_requests

I've already complained about this on Connect (see #641790), but I just wanted to point out that if you're trying to make sense of the sys.dm_exec_requests document and what it lists as the commands supported by the percent_complete column, you should check which version of the documentation you're reading.  I […]

Reflections on SQL Saturday #60 – Cleveland

Every time I attend a SQL Saturday, I leave with a rejuvenated and even further reinforced sense of community.  Cleveland (SQL Saturday #60) was by far no exception.  Allen White (blog | twitter), Erin Stellato (blog | twitter), Cory Stevenson, Brian Davis (twitter), and all others involved put on a […]

Some new free tools enter the SQL marketplace

A while back, I started collecting links for free SQL Server resources available to everyone in the community. I created a blog post called "Useful, free resources for SQL Server" to serve as a launching point for the links I'd been collecting.  I'm in the process of going back and […]