Category Archives: Beginners

One More Reason to Attend

I’ve posted a few times already[1] about the SSWUG Business Intelligence vConference that I have been helping to organize. Well, the conference is now less than a month away, and there is more news to share: We’re giving away a … Continue reading

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Checking the Value of a Variable in SSIS

It’s a pretty common debugging and diagnostic task to need to check the value of a variable. The SSIS designers in Visual Studio do provide a set of debugging tools, but sometimes it’s quicker and easier to get "low tech" … Continue reading

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SSIS on RunAs Radio

My interview on the online radio show "RunAs Radio" is now online – check it out here: This is a short (36 minutes, including the opening and closing bits) show where Richard Campbell, Greg Hughes and I talk about … Continue reading

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New to SSIS? Start Here!

I must admit that I’ve been known to say some negative things about the SQL Server Integration Services documentation from time to time. But one part of the SSIS content in SQL Server Books Online is the “Creating a Simple … Continue reading

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Product Proliferation

Keeping track of Microsoft’s products and the editions thereof can often be confusing. Microsoft is such a huge company with a sometimes disjointed marketing arm that can make navigating its product catalog an exercise in futility.[1] How do you know … Continue reading

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MSDN Beginner Developer Learning Center

I also considered these alternate titles: Enough free beginner training to choke a rhino Holy video training, Batman! I’ve done up and polluted my sample, dag nub it all My friend Kris is starting to go through the SQL Server … Continue reading

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Starting Anew

I’ve been doing this software stuff for a long time. I started programming when I was eleven, which was longer ago than I care to admit, and have been building software on the Microsoft platform full time for well over … Continue reading

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