Sometimes it’s the little things…

The easiest way to convince someone to use SSMS 2008 over SSMS 2005 was to right-click on a results grid. They’d see “Copy with Headers” in the context menu and be sold immediately. I’d happily show them that they could configure this option in SSMS 2005, but to have it immediately available in SSMS 2008 … Continue reading Sometimes it’s the little things…

Denali’s Management Studio for CTP3 playing nice with others (almost)

Until recently, I’d only done stuff with Denali on a dedicated box. But this weekend, I took the plunge and installed SSMS on a machine that has older versions of SQL Server installed on it. You can download Denali from this link. I’ve only installed the tools – I haven’t installed the Database Engine, Analysis … Continue reading Denali’s Management Studio for CTP3 playing nice with others (almost)

T-SQL thoughts about the 95th percentile

95% of statisticians may be offended at this post. Unfortunately, I’m going to be showing my ignorance about statistics here, I’m sure. I may even use Wikipedia to back up my arguments, which will offend many more of you. Someone (ok, it was Wes Brown (@sqlserverio)) was talking about percentiles the other day, and someone … Continue reading T-SQL thoughts about the 95th percentile

World Series of PASS

I’m sure Americans understand the joke that is the “World Series” of baseball. Everyone else rolls their eyes and knows that this ‘world’ means North America. Some people feel similar with PASS, unfortunately. The North American Conference and the Global Summit are one in the same, and the 2013 Summit is to be held in … Continue reading World Series of PASS

How failure can be useful

First, an apology. I haven’t blogged for the last couple of months, except for T-SQL Tuesday events. I make myself blog for these, for two reasons. One is the simple fact that I like the concept – I like the idea of getting a blogging assignment, and the fact that it’s a monthly event. I’m … Continue reading How failure can be useful