Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PASS Summit 2016 - Come Join the Camp Fire

In a world of digital learning, it's easy to excuse yourself from going to a conference.

 "I can just learn on my own time, at my own convenience."

So compelling! I can sit in my underwear, watch online videos, eat popcorn, and half pay attention to it while I listen to sports in the background.

Although learning this way is filled with value, there are a few drawbacks to it.

First, you only learn what you want to learn. This means you are learning from what your mind already knows you don't know. But what about the things you don't know you don't know. New technologies, new methodologies, and new skills can be completely necessary to you, but very difficult to discover all by yourself.

Second, the best way to learn something is to explain it to someone else, something you can't do alone in your own home.

Third, you can't ask a video questions when you don't understand something. You can try comments on youtube or twitter or email, but you aren't guaranteed a response. If the answer requires a bit of a conversation, then you will certainly not get a good interaction or response.

Fourth, you can't hear other questions that aren't your own. Listening to other questions will often fill in a gap that you didn't even know you had.

Finally, when you meet someone later who saw the same thing, you can immediately bond over what you saw. This makes conversation easier and might lead to a valuable friendship in the future.

This is the main reason why I go to PASS Summit every year. Learning together is way more fulfilling and enriching than learning by myself. I equate it to being a log on a campfire. All the logs together burn brighter. Take a log off the fire and set it alone and it quickly burns out. PASS Summit 2016 is the best way to avoid burnout if you are a Microsoft data professional.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Training Videos on the Redgate Developer Bundle

These videos will train you on every product in the Redgate Developer bundle, including SQL Prompt, SQL Source Control, SQL Data Generator, SQL Schema Compare, SQL Doc, SQL Data Compare, and SQL Search.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pluralsight offline player doesn't show the course list

Just in case anyone else has this problem: I use the Pluralsight offline player to watch videos on my 1 hour train ride to and from work. I noticed that the player wouldn't load the course list intermittently. Then I noticed that it would load the coarse list if I had internet access, which defeats the purpose of an offline player.

 After a little thought, I figured out that the Pluralsight offline player uses Silverlight, but it doesn't load it. Internet Explorer can load it. So if it is not showing your course list, launch IE, then launch the player. Your course list will show up afterwards.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Top 5 Things You'll Learn from my PASS Summit session

I don't want to give everything away, but if you come to my PASS Summit session, you'll learn and see demos explaining the following five bullets:

 1) When to use a JSON document store and when to use a relational store.

 2) When you need to use Azure Table Storage, and when you should use something else.

 3) You'll see demos for DocumentDB, Azure Table Storage, and Azure SQL Database.

 4) You'll see when to use Azure SQL Database or SQL on an Azure VM or both.

 5) You'll see Azure SQL Warehouse and why it's a unique data storage offering.

 Most importantly, at the end of this session, you'll understand your Azure data storage choices and why they can each play a pivotal role in your data architecture.

Friday, May 22, 2015

SSMS: Query Shortcuts

No reason to type out SELECT TOP 1000 * FROM or SELECT COUNT(*) FROM anymore.