Object Database Editorial

June 17, 2009 at 7:57 am (nHibernate, Object Relational Mapping, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008)

I never used to read editorials. Not in emails, magazines, newspapers, whatever. Now, I make it a point of always reading them. You can learn as much from an editorial as you can from the technical articles within, sometimes more. Tony Davis has just posted a guest-editorial over at SQL Server Central. Tony is normally the editor at Simple-Talk, where he also writes interesting editorials. This one is not to be missed. It makes a very clear, and concise case for why object databases have a fundamental flaw for most business needs (not all, not always, but a pretty hefty majority). It’s worth a read.

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The Best Thing I learned at PASS

June 17, 2009 at 7:35 am (PASS, SQLServerPedia Syndication)

And if you think keeping this below 250 words was easy… You try it.

I’ve received a lot from the PASS conference. I’ve attended technical sessions that blew my socks off and made me twitch in my seat, fighting the urge to start writing TSQL code, immediately. I don’t think any of that is the best thing I learned at PASS. No, the best thing I learned at PASS is summed up in a single phrase, You Can.

My first summit, I ventured out of the hotel room and met people volunteering with PASS. They were having fun. I asked if I could join in. You Can, just volunteer. I volunteered and began to meet people online. The next summit, I met more people, names, people I had learned from. I asked them, can I hang out with you? You Can, pull up a chair. I started learning more, directly from the source. I began building a network of people who helped me and who I could help.

I began to use You Can myself. I was asked if I wanted to write a book. You Can. I tried submitting abstracts to speak at PASS. You Can’t was the first answer, but You Can came the following year.

Go to the PASS Summit. You Can meet the people you’ve learned from. You Can build a network of fellow database professionals. You Can learn from technical sessions. You Can volunteer to make PASS an even better communittee. You Can submit an abstract to share knowledge that’s unique to you. You Can.

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