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T-SQL Tuesday #014!!! Resolutions!!! Yeah, baby!!!

  • 10 January 2011
  • Author: Jason Bacani
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T-SQL Tuesday #014!!! Resolutions!!! Yeah, baby!!! (Imagine that said in the tone of Austin Powers, and you get the vibe of this post!)

Yeah, baby!...

So first, the formalities. The original post is hosted by BIDN.com. However, the topic for T-SQL #014 is found here on SQLServerCentral.com 

So it looks like Jen McCown from SQL Awesomesauce (Twitter | Blog ) had the grand idea of picking resolutions as the topic for T-SQL Tuesday #014… While cool and all, I do wonder what next year’s January host will pick, now that Resolutions has been chosen… Could it be, 2012 Resolutions in the face of world annihilation?... I just wonder…

T-SQL Tuesday January 2012, anyone???...

So for me, resolutions, eh?... To be honest, I dislike resolutions. I mean, I ought to be improving myself regularly if not daily; I must strive to better myself professionally and personally, as well as emotionally and spiritually. But since this is about T-SQL or anything SQL related, let’s stick to the professional.

So I bought during Christmas as a gift to myself a new laptop. Nothing to wow at, but it’s a basic I3 Sony 15.5" VAIO. Yes, I like my brand names, so I got my new Sony laptop at a reasonable price. Mind you, now, I’ve been working at home with Windows Vista and Mac Leopard OS, so Windows 7 is actually quite new. But one of the many reasons in the laptop purchase was to get more familiarity with Windows 7. But really, the laptop would mean much, much more that gaining experience with Windows 7. To me, it was just a bold step to learning more and more about MS BI.

 Star Trek Poster

To boldy go...

So I know my strengths… I am good at T-SQL… However, it’s coupled with being an SME on the data at my company. And that data resides on SQL Server 2000. Yes… 2000. We do have three production SQL Server 2005 servers: (1) for applications, (2) for SSRS, and (3) for MS BizTalk. But we still have more of a reliance on data in 2000 servers over 2005. Bottom line: I am not learning the new stuff…

So I got myself a new laptop with Windows 7. Over the holiday break, I installed a virtual machine. That went well for it being the first time I ever done something like this. I then proceeded to install SQL Server 2008 R2, and now I can also honestly say, I have my own copy of the AdventureWorks database! Yay!

Ice Age 4, Continental Drift, movie, poster 

From the ice ages to...

Now I am sure many are thinking that this is old news to them, but to me, it’s all new. I am used to having a DBA have the environment all set up. I would quote-unquote "data mine" and learn about the data and the data structures within. I would leverage my T-SQL skills set to build new SPs and enhance existing ones. I would be able to find data discrepancies, and be able to create queries to find data efficiently within the systems. But again, I was still working in the Ice Ages of SQL Server 2000. Sure, there’s the web for learning, and SQL Saturdays and Code Camps and Pass Summit and SQL Rally, but now it’s time for me to get my hands wet on the real deal…

 

...To the future

So wrapping it and tying it together. I got a new laptop. I got VM running. I got SQL Server 2008 R2 up and running. I even got a few books.  I am signed up for SQL Saturday #62 in Tampa this weekend, and I'll be at the PreCon for Business Intelligence End-to-End.  Now, with my ‘resolution’, so to speak, I need to practice what I am learning here at BIDN, SQLServerCentral, SQLServerPedia, et cetera… I need to practice on my own what I am learning from free training from SQL Saturday, SQLLunch.com, SQLPass, Pragmatic Works, SSWUG, Idera, MSSQLTips, and the like. I need to shore up my experience with SSRS by working with 2008 R2; I need to spend more time learning more and more about SSIS on 2008 R2; And I need to get started with SSAS 2008 R2. The laptop is just the tool. The rest, are my resolutions.

Thanks for listening, and look for more on what I am doing to learn more and more. And for those going, see you at SQL Saturday in Tampa on January 15!!!

SQL Saturday 

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