Month: August 2015

a place to chronicle the journey back to development

Lets start at the beginning – Exam 70-461

In order to do anything well, the foundations must be sound.  I teach a martial arts class and the first thing we teach is not kicking or punching, but how to stand.  How do you not only present a target, but what do you launch your attach from?  A shoddy front stance will ALWAYS make…
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August 28, 2015 1

ADD – a post about things that I find……squirrel!

My brain has always been a bit of the bouncy type.  I look at new stuff for a while, then bounce to the next thing, then the next, never quite managing to finish anything.  I have always wanted to write a story, but I have never managed to get past the initial idea stage and…
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August 27, 2015 0

Who is this guy?

While trying to move back from mgmt to dev, I don’t want all of my posts to be about SQL stuff.  I’m also a sushi enthusiast.  Yeah, all of the japanese stuff on my twitter feed wasn’t a giveaway, right? A few years ago my wife and daughter gave me a starter sushi set so…
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August 27, 2015 0

So where to start? Dashboards, graphs, and charts OH MY!

I’m trying to break back into development, so I’m going to blog about how and what I’m doing to make it happen.  I’ve been mulling around what will be my first step and I kept coming back to familiar territory – how to display data for large and small data sets.  One of the things…
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August 25, 2015 0

techie must haves

There are certain things  you can get for free, and certain things you can pay for.  One of the things I would like to pay for at some point, is Akismet, but in my fledgling state, the fact I have a kid starting college in 6 days (how is that possible), and I can barely…
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August 24, 2015 0

BI Shiny stuff

So in my quest to take over the world, I thought I’d start looking at the stuff I had fun with a few years ago – dashboards.  We built something from scratch that had Performance Point dashboards on top, but the lack of flash wasn’t received well. So I started looking at tools like Tableau,…
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August 21, 2015 3

New Home

Thought about it for a few days, realized I was actually posting and have a plan for getting started in place and I’m still interested, I registered for the domain and moved the wordpress.com site to my site here where I can host it and generate stats and get traffic here. Why not.  If I’m…
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August 21, 2015 1

Planning instead of running into brick walls

Yeah, I’m not good at it.  Maybe that’s why I’m a manager…:) I go through these periods of schpilkas (Ants in the pants), where I have to do something new.  My wife is convinced that it happens in May of every other year, so this is my 3rd episode of minor midlife crisis, boredom, whatever you…
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August 20, 2015 1

Getting started – Step 1

Here’s my take on getting started in the SQL community.  Start posting, start tweeting, start reading…. JUST START DOING SOMETHING. I looked back at the  history on my twitter feed, and my wife is right.  Sometime around May of the last 3-4 years since I’ve moved into management, I get an itch to do dev.…
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August 19, 2015 0

To certify, or not to certify, that is my question

Welcome to the beginning of my journey.  I’m going to be blogging about how a manager can successfully get back into development without selling his house and doing consulting on a street corner 🙂 To that end, I’m working on my Epic Plan for Success, which has many parts.  The SQL part is what i’m…
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August 19, 2015 0