PASS Summit 2015, Day 5

PASS Summit 2015 is officially over.  If ever you have the opportunity to attend PASS Summit, do so.  I have three pieces of advice: Buy the USB stick (or online download) of all of the sessions.  You will want to attend more than one session at a time but will be physically unable to do…

PASS Summit 2015, Day 4

Day 4 of PASS Summit 2015 was a doozy.  I only attended two sessions, but they were big ones. The first session I attended was by a couple program managers about R integration in SQL Server 2016.  They let out that there will be R tools for Visual Studio coming out.  RStudio is a great…

PASS Summit 2015, Day 3

Day 3 of PASS Summit 2015 started early and ended late.  Today's summary will be more autobiographical than factual, even though some very interesting factual information came out, like how SQL Server 2016 CTP 3 will be released this week and Availability Groups will be introduced into SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition to replace mirroring.…

PASS Summit 2015, Day 2

I spent day 2 of PASS Summit 2015 in Bill Preachuk's pre-con on Hadoop.  The pre-con might have been a little too low-level for me, as I have experience with Hadoop (and my own presentation on the topic), but even then, it's good to review the basics, especially for a product which changes so frequently.…

FreeCon 2015

I got the chance to attend FreeCon 2015, put on by Brent Ozar and Kendra Little.  This was worth every penny (and probably more, considering it was free...).  Brent and Kendra did a great job driving conversation, but the crowd of people was fantastic.  I now have a new set of people to look out…

Legacy Code In Practice

I love this blog post by Eric S. Raymond on dealing with NTPsec.  Raymond walks through his experience thus far with the NTPsec project, and especially with respect to eliminating outdated and buggy code.  This type of project hits home, enough that I decided to put together a blog series and turn it into a talk.…

Off To PASS Summit

I am off to PASS Summit 2015.  PASS Summit is the biggest SQL Server event.  Between top-notch speakers, David DeWitt’s keynotes, and 5000 other industry specialists, this is the place to be. This is my first PASS Summit in Seattle, and my second Summit; I attended the 2013 edition in Charlotte.  Because I’m getting more…

R: The IntRoduction

This will be the first in a long-running series about R.  As I learn more about the language and apply it in more areas, I’ll follow up with the series. Today, I want to talk about R from the perspective of someone familiar with SQL Server.  I think that there’s a pretty strong overlap between…

Browns season in review (The Real One, this time)

In light of Kevin's post about the Bills, I thought I'd write a few words about the 2-4 Cleveland Browns. -- We've only really been clobbered once this season, the opener against the Jets, which we lost by 21. We are a few lucky breaks from 5-1 (or conversely, 1-5). This gives me hope for…

R Presentation Abstracts

Not too long ago, I talked about the talks I plan to give in 2016.  This post covers most of the talks I want to do, but there are three more that are on my list, all R-related.  There are some talks popping up at SQL Saturdays about R, and I think that’s awesome.  I…