April 19, 2011 | SQL Server

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2 : Operation Smile

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.

Please watch this space for updates on availability. We expect that physical copies will be available for order in time for PASS in Seattle (the second week of October).

 

9 comments on this post

    • Jeffrey Langdon - April 19, 2011, 6:25 PM

      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.  

    • IL - April 19, 2011, 11:10 PM

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

    • Antony - April 19, 2011, 11:39 PM

      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!

    • Michael K. Campbell - April 20, 2011, 1:42 AM

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

    • Mark Shay - April 23, 2011, 11:55 PM

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

    • Steve Dybing - April 25, 2011, 8:49 PM

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

    • Kalen Delaney - June 2, 2011, 11:45 PM

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

    • PedroCGD - July 26, 2011, 6:02 PM

      Kalen,
      You can also use this link about my book chapter
      http://pedrocgd.blogspot.com/2011/06/bi-book-excel-as-bi-front-end-tool.html
      regards!
      Pedro

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