Monthly Archives: June 2007

On Competition

Sorry for the long delay in blog posts – once I got home from a week in Orlando for TechEd, the real world jumped on me with both feet and hasn’t let up since. I haven’t been to the SSIS … Continue reading

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TechEd 2007 and Space Shuttle Atlantis

Well, TechEd 2007 in Orlando is officially over, and NASA decided to see it off in grand style. [1] Last night I drove to Cocoa, FL with about 30 other Microsoft Certified Trainers [2] to watch the launch of the … Continue reading

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Well, the Iron Architect competition at TechEd 2007 is over – the final showdown (with tasting and judgment) took place Thursday evening, and in the end I emerged victorious. There were four contestants in the final showdown, each one of … Continue reading

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Iron Architect, Here I Come!

I received an email last night informing me that the judges for the Iron Architect contest liked my submission enough to declare me a finalist, and invite me to present and defend my proposal tonight here at TechEd. So… if … Continue reading

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Are Donald Farmer and Dr. Ivan Brady Related?

Another great quote: “You have to understand the nature of your exceptions” You need to understand the underlying business context of the data and problems with the data before you can solve the problems. And you need to remember that … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from Donald Farmer

My favorite SSIS quote of the day: “Rolling your own ETL is king of like rolling your own cigarette – if youroll it too tightly, you can’t get any throughput” — Donald Farmer

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ETL Lifecycle – An Interesting Thought

During this ETL Framework session, Larry Barnes (the person with whom Donald Farmer is co-presenting) raised an interesting point: ETL processes tend to stick around forever, because people are horrified totouch them. He used the image of a Perl script … Continue reading

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