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  • 2010 Goals Review

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Earlier this year, I responded to Tim Ford's ( Blog / Twitter ) tag (in a post about 2010 Resolutions and Themeword ) with 2010 Themeword and Goals . Let's see how I did. Resolutions 1. I need to take better care of Andy. On this, I failed. I took even worse care of myself than before. I have to address this in 2011. You can help by pinging me on Twitter ( @AndyLeonard ) every day in 2011 and ask me if I've exercised today. 2. I want to continue to serve the SQL Server community in several...(read more)

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  • OT: Thank You, Microsoft

    - by andyleonard
    cross-posted from AndyLeonard.me … Each April 1st for the past five years, I have been honored to receive an email from Microsoft informing me I have been recognized as a SQL Server MVP. Tomorrow will be different. Back in January – when I wrote this – I requested Microsoft not consider me for renewal. I have enjoyed serving as a Microsoft MVP. I only got to see what it is like to be a SQL Server MVP, and I think we are part of a special community that makes being an MVP even more special. I have...(read more)

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  • Joel Spolsky Retires From Blogging in 3 Days

    - by andyleonard
    No it's not 1 Apr. Joel Spolsky ( Blog - @spolsky ) announced recently he is retiring from blogging 17 Mar 2010 . Reading Joel on Software always makes me think. Mr. Spolsky pioneered a writing style. Along the way he empowered developers, encouraging them to speak up about the manifold misconceptions of our trade. I will miss Mr. Spolsky's writings. I wish him well in all his endeavors. :{| Andy Share this post: email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! | kick it! | live it!...(read more)

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  • SSIS Design Pattern: Loading Variable-Length Rows

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction I encounter flat file sources with variable-length rows on occassion. Here, I supply one SSIS Design Pattern for loading them. What's a Variable-Length Row Flat File? Great question - let's start with a definition. A variable-length row flat file is a text source of some flavor - comma-separated values (CSV), tab-delimited file (TDF), or even fixed-length, positional-, or ordinal-based (where the location of the data on the row defines its field). The major difference between a "normal"...(read more)

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  • Getting It Right The First Time

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction This post is the seventeenth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series are: Goodwill, Negative and Positive Visions, Quests, Missions Right, Wrong, and Style Follow Me Balance, Part 1 Balance, Part 2 Definition of a Great Team The 15-Minute Meeting Metaproblems: Drama The Right Question Software is Organic, Part 1 Metaproblem: Terror I Don't Work On My Car A Turning Point Human Doings Everything Changes This post is about getting software right...(read more)

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  • It's Official, I'm a Geek

    - by andyleonard
    I'm honored to join Glen Gordon ( Blog - @glengordon ) and G. Andrew Duthie ( Blog - @devhammer ) today at 3:00 PM EDT for an MSDN Webcast entitled GeekSpeak: Inside SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). This is a LiveMeeting and you can join in the fun as an attendee here . It's a live show, so bring your questions! :{> Andy Share this post: email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! | kick it! | live it!...(read more)

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  • Simple Criminal Minds

    - by andyleonard
    My favorite mother-in-law hooked my bride on the television series Criminal Minds during her last visit. I started watching the show as well, and sort of followed along. I was ok with the show until a recent episode in which Fonzie used his motorcycle to jump a shark in a pool in front of Al's. Ok, wrong show. Sort of. For those unfamiliar with the show, Criminal Minds is about the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Profilers, in other words. They're called to various places around the country to profile...(read more)

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  • Richmond Code Camp 2010.1

    - by andyleonard
    I can't believe it - Richmond Code Camp 2010.1 is less than two weeks away! Once again, the leadership team has outdone themselves. We have a bunch of great speakers, 9 tracks, 45 sessions - there's something for everyone. If you're going to be in the area and are interested, register today. :{> Share this post: email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! | kick it! | live it!...(read more)

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  • SSIS Snack: Data Flow Source Adapters

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Configuring a Source Adapter in a Data Flow Task couples (binds) the Data Flow to an external schema. This has implications for dynamic data loads. "Why Can't I...?" I'm often asked a question similar to the following: "I have 17 flat files with different schemas that I want to load to the same destination database - how many Data Flow Tasks do I need?" I reply "17 different schemas? That's easy, you need 17 Data Flow Tasks." In his book Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services...(read more)

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  • Introducing SQLPeople - the Blog Series!

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction The first 50.5 weeks of 2010 have been interesting, to say the least. My experiences in 2010 can best be summed up in a single word: educational. I've learned a lot this year! One important thread wove its way through my 2010 experiences... Relationships Are Everything How we interact defines community. Relationships define community. Our community is more than the sum of our members. Trust and respect are the capital of community. And just like money, this capital can be invested, exchanged,...(read more)

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  • Survey: How's Your Economy?

    - by andyleonard
    Another quick survey question, slightly off-topic: How's your economy? Have things picked up for you recently? Slowed down? Remained static? :{> Andy Share this post: email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! | kick it! | live it!...(read more)

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  • This Isn’t Hard: Allow Spouses to Attend Conferences

    - by andyleonard
    There was a bit of a hubbub at Tech Ed 2013 North America . It began with generalized disorganization, escalated when site security escorted Greg Young’s ( blog | @gregyoung ) wife from the building, and ended with him cancelling his presentations at both the North American and European conferences. Greg’s post has generated some responses, but – according to him – nothing from Microsoft. That’s disappointing. Greg and his wife deserve an apology. Why Not? The best conferences I’ve attended (I’m...(read more)

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  • I Start!

    - by andyleonard
    I originally titled this post "I Quit!" but decided that doesn't set the proper tone and definitely does not match my feelings about the upcoming transitions in my life. "I Start!" is much more appropriate! Introduction I've tendered my resignation from the position of Manager, ETL Team, Data Management Group, Molina Medicaid Solutions effective Friday 14 Jan 2011. "There I Was..." In 2008 my consultant billable-days - the metric I use to determine how business is going - dropped from 20 / month...(read more)

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  • Sessions I Submitted to the PASS Summit 2010

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction I'm borrowing an idea and blog post title from Brent Ozar ( Blog - @BrentO ). I am honored the PASS Summit 2010 (Seattle, 8 - 11 Nov 2010) would consider allowing me to present. It's a truly awesome event. If you have an opportunity to attend and read this blog, please find me and introduce yourself. If you've built a cool solution to a business or technical problem; or written a script - or a bunch of scripts - to automate part of your daily / weekly / monthly routine; or have some...(read more)

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  • SQLPeople Interviews - Jamie Thomson and Rob Farley

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Late last year I announced an exciting new endeavor called SQLPeople . At the end of 2010 I announced the 2010 SQLPeople Person of the Year . Interviews I'm pleased to announce the first two interviews have been posted. They are with my friend and co-SSIS-professional Jamie Thomson and Rob Farley , someone I had the pleasure of meeting in person at the PASS Summit 2010. I plan to post two or three interviews each week for the forseeable future. Conclusion SQLPeople is just one of the...(read more)

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  • 500!

    - by andyleonard
    This is my 500th post at SQLBlog.com ! This blog has come a long way since Adam Machanic’s email 8 Jul 2007: I run a SQL Server oriented blog site called SQLblog.com (along with Peter DeBetta).  The site is around a year old, and growing rapidly--our number of unique visitors increases by around 10-12% each month… We're currently looking to expand the site and add a few new faces to the mix, especially people who want to talk about BI-related stuff. Thanks for inviting me, Adam and Peter! :{>...(read more)

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  • One-Time Boosts

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction This post is the eighteenth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series are: Goodwill, Negative and Positive Visions, Quests, Missions Right, Wrong, and Style Follow Me Balance, Part 1 Balance, Part 2 Definition of a Great Team The 15-Minute Meeting Metaproblems: Drama The Right Question Software is Organic, Part 1 Metaproblem: Terror I Don't Work On My Car A Turning Point Human Doings Everything Changes Getting It Right The First Time This post...(read more)

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  • Third-Grade Math Class

    - by andyleonard
    An Odd Thing Happened... ... when I was in third grade math class: I was handed a sheet of arithmetic problems to solve. There were maybe 20 problems on the page and we were given the remainder of the class to complete them. I don't remember how much time remained in the class, I remember I finished working on the problems before my classmates. That wasn't the odd part. The odd part was that I started working on the first problem, concentrating pretty hard. I worked the sum and moved to the next...(read more)

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  • On the Fourth Day of the SQL Series...

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Brent Ozar ( Blog | @BrentO ) has done it again - started something. This time it's The Twelve Days of SQL Series . I was passed the baton from David Stein ( Blog | @made2mentor ) who covered Day 3 with a tribute to his favorite post . And Now, My Selection: I liked Rafael Salas' ( Blog | @RafSalas ) post entitled Denali CTP 1: SSIS Parameters – Bring Them On! Rafael is a friend and fellow SSIS guy. In this post he does a good job pointing out the differences between SSIS Parameters...(read more)

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  • SQLPeople Interviews - Michael Coles and Brent Ozar

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Late last year I announced an exciting new endeavor called SQLPeople . At the end of 2010 I announced the 2010 SQLPeople Person of the Year . More interviews have been posted. Interviews To Date Jamie Thomson Rob Farley Michael Coles Brent Ozar Conclusion I plan to post two or three interviews each week for the forseeable future. SQLPeople is just one of the cool new things I get to do in 2011! :{>...(read more)

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  • MVPs and the Community

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Earlier this month, David Woods decided to drop his MVP award . The move inspired some interesting comments and discussion among MVPs. David's points are: MVP Expertise Microsoft Technology Products Microsoft "Listens" Cost-Benefits for an MVP MVP Expertise After mentioning he's encountered MVPs who are not experts, David states: "The way you get in is by contributing to the community." Honestly, I don't know the specifics of how someone becomes a Microsoft MVP . And I'm ok with that....(read more)

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  • My Thoughts On Twitter

    - by andyleonard
    This is a repost from my old blog. It kept showing up in search results when I looked for articles about Twitter and social networking, so I thought I'd share it here. :{> Introduction There's been lots of speculation about Twitter and what it means to the modern technologist. I've found some of it pretty insightful and some of it misinformed. I use Twitter . A bunch. Not as much as some , but more than average . I like it. The Best Defense... I don't intend to defend Twitter because I do not...(read more)

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  • Hang In There

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction This post is about persistence in the face of adversity. Losing Everything Isn't Losing When I was in Army Basic Training, I heard the senior drill sargeant tell a soldier "This is just a thing, and things can't hurt you." It seemed an odd thing to say. So odd that it stuck with me all these years since boot camp. I believe part of the reason was the truth in that statement. Things can't hurt you. Does fear of losing everything paralyze you? Have you ever lost everything? I have. Well,...(read more)

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  • SQLPeople Interviews Wrap Up January 2011 with Matt Velic

    - by andyleonard
    Introduction Late last year I announced an exciting new endeavor called SQLPeople . At the end of 2010 I announced the 2010 SQLPeople Person of the Year . Check out this interview with Matt Velic! SQLPeople is off to a great start. Thanks to all who have our first month awesome - those willing to share and respond to interview requests and those who are enjoying the interviews! Here's a wrap up of January 2011: January 2011 Interviews Matt Velic Cindy Gross Steve Fibich Tim Mitchell Jeremiah Peschka...(read more)

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  • Presenting Designing an SSIS Execution Framework to Steel City SQL 18 Jan 2011!

    - by andyleonard
    I'm honored to present Designing an SSIS Execution Framework (Level 300) to Steel City SQL - the Birmingham Alabama chapter of PASS - on 18 Jan 2011! The meeting starts at 6:00 PM 18 Jan 2011 and will be held at: New Horizons Computer Learning Center 601 Beacon Pkwy. West Suite 106 Birmingham, Alabama, 35209 ( Map for directions ) Abstract In this “demo-tastic” presentation, SSIS trainer, author, and consultant Andy Leonard explains the what, why, and how of an SSIS framework that delivers metadata-driven...(read more)

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