SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2: Operation Smile
April 19th, 20119
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2: Operation Smile
April 19th, 20119

Two years ago, I was involved in a worthwhile project that produced a book called SQL Server MVP Deep Dives – a collection of chapters written by 50 or so fellow MVPs, assembled in a single volume and sold to the masses. The unique component of this project was that no author or editor took a single penny – most of the proceeds went to charity (Manning Publications understandably withheld operational expenses). The charity we chose was War Child International (web | wikipedia), and as of January we had raised over $21,000. (Read more about our little project.)

This year I am pleased to announce that we have collaborated on a second volume of SQL Server MVP Deep Dives. The charity we agreed on this time around is Operation Smile (web | wikipedia), who "provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide, assists countries in reaching self-sufficiency with these surgeries, and works to reduce the occurrence of cleft lips and palates." We are certainly hoping to match and even exceed the funds we have been able to raise for War Child over the past two years.

We had different limitations this time around: maximum one chapter per author, and maximum 12 pages per chapter. My chapter is an abbreviated version of my presentation and blog series on T-SQL Bad Habits to Kick. But many things remain the same: more than enough MVPs are on board, Manning is stepping up again to assist with publication, and the authors and editors are once again going to defer all proceeds to the selected charity. I hope you are as excited as I am and are looking forward to this second version.

By: Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at Simple Talk, SQLPerformance, and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a husband, a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him.

9 Responses

  1. aliza says:

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  2. PedroCGD says:

    You can also use this link about my book chapter

  3. Kalen Delaney says:

    Thanks for your enthusiasm, folks! And Steve, it was YOUR generosity that was an inspiration to us all. 🙂
    I am sending a link to this blog post to Operation Smile so they can see something about the fabulous SQL Server Community!

  4. Steve Dybing says:

    The SQL Server MVPs continue to astound me with your generosity!

  5. Mark Shay says:

    Awesome news! The first Deep Dives is a tremendous collection of SQL Goodness. I am looking forward to the next iteration.

  6. Michael K. Campbell says:

    Great news. That's a fantastic Charity.
    I suspect the content will be great too 😉

  7. Antony says:

    Great news. I love volume 1,  frequently pick it up when I want to spend a few minutes reading a chapter of something interesting, but don't have a specific topic in mind, as theres so much to choose from, something will always catch the eye.
    A second volume is most welcome!

  8. IL says:

    Godd news! I'm excited and very intrigued. Looking forward to ebook version specially.

  9. Jeffrey Langdon says:

    Really like volume 1, glad to hear there's a sequel…um…uh…I mean SQL.  I can see this Deep Dive series lving for a long time helping a lot of great causes.