Monthly Archives: February 2016

Working on a dream

How do you get what you want?  By going out and getting it.  Plain and simple, and yet a lot of people just can’t, or won’t, or start and don’t follow through.

Me?  Dude, I’m the king of not following through.  So here goes.  Recently, one of my goals was to present at a SQLSaturday.

What am I going to talk about?  Hmm.  No Clue!  While I was thinking about it, SQLDusty gave me a nudge and suggested Data Warehouse Load Patterns.

So, what is that?  Lets find out.  I’m the kind of guy who has gone his whole career being a jack of all trades.  I know a lot of stuff from simple queries to business requirements gathering and everything in between, but nothing in depth enough to talk about.  I remember growing up, my Dad had a bunch of really great advice, one of the things I remember the clearest is “You learn by teaching, so if you want to learn about something, find out enough to teach someone else” or something along those lines 🙂

So I’m going to start with Load Patterns, go on to Performance Tuning, and maybe Indexing.  Any suggestions?

Just getting started – the tale of a son of a geek

“I want to be an engineer!”  Yeah, pretty proud hearing that starting in 7th grade from my son.  Very intellectual, spatially aware, saw a good future in it.

Until freshman Physics and Calculus in college jumped up and smacked the reality into him.  “Dad, i’m not sure if I’m cut out for this, and I’ve been working my ass off”.  He was very upset, but bolstered by the “At least you found out first semester freshman year, take some other electives this semester” talk from yours truly.

Long story short, he saw me playing with some SSIS and PowerBI stuff and after some discussions about what I do and have seen, decided to take a java class and another CS class and is really digging them.  He thinks he’d be good at programming, but said he liked the way my face lit up when I would talk about what I could do with excel sheets, and xml files, and SQL tables (oh my!).  He’s thinking of switching his focus to IT, with data in the focus.

Any advice?  Anyone in a similar situation or know a good path?  I found him curled up with my BI Cert guide the other day and I couldn’t be happier 🙂  Wondering if he should just start looking at Hadoop/NoSQL or start with basic MS stack stuff.  I have a server at home he can hit.

My first SQL Sat

The plan is to take the train out of NYC to get to Boston on Saturday morning.  I’d love to get a room and stay Friday night, but its not in the budget so o’dark 30 train it is.

My plan is to somehow make it to the place I time to register and meet up with people and talk over coffee.

So who’s going, where is the best coffee nearby, and does anyone have any suggestions for me on my virgin event?  Looking for advice as well as that one thing you wish you knew for your first event….

A few people have expressed the fact that I should do some volunteering while I’m there.  I’m going to look at train schedules when I get home tonight, I’d like to try to maximize the time I can spend there and not get home too late.  I have a tournament for my daughter at Monmouth Univ on Sunday I’d like to go to and still be conscious for:)

I REALLY want to go to Jes B’s talk on Thursday, but alas, a code deployment is calling, have to stay local.

I’m a huge Red Sox fan, anyone know the fastest easiest cheapest way to Fenway?  Got an authentic Sox cap for my 40th that needs replacing.  Damn thing is about to walk away by itself;).