Laid Off? Or the Beginning of Your Next Opportunity?

Why not both? My LinkedIn and social media feeds are filled with contacts and friends sharing their availability for a new career opportunity. While some are more gracious than concerned and others more concerned than gracious, it’s normal to be both concerned and gracious. Well, it was normal for me when it happened to me. …
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Interview with an AI

[Title credit: Stevie Ray] Like many other people, I’ve been tinkering with ChatGPT this winter (2022-2023). I find the experience fascinating and I hope it remains so for as long as possible. One source of information about ChatGPT is YouTube, where one may learn lots of ways to make money with ChatGPT. While I enjoy …
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Interview Questions and Answers for Azure Data Factory and SSIS

First, I apologize. I apologize because I intentionally lured you to this post using a clickbait-y post title. Frankly, that’s not very nice of me. But Before You Leave… May I share a nickel’s worth of free advice? If you get a job by taking a shortcut of some kind – like memorizing a bunch …
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Presentation Schedule Update – January 2023

I am presenting! Here’s a partial list of upcoming events at which I am honored and privileged to present: 24 Jan 2023 – Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group (TriPASS) – Getting Started with the Azure Data Factory REST API 9 Feb 2023 – Richmond SQL Server User Group – Richmond, VA – Getting Started …
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As 2022 Closes, I am Grateful…

I write this 26 Dec 2022, about half a week before the end of 2022. How was 2022 for me – personally and professionally? This year was pretty good. For that, I am grateful. God is good. Personal I am aware of – and pray regularly about – troubles in the world. Some are closer …
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Presenting A Day of Azure Data Factory at SQL Saturday Atlanta 2023 – BI & Analytics Edition

I am honored to present A Day of Azure Data Factory at SQL Saturday Atlanta 2023 – BI & Data Analytics Edition (#1042) 24 Feb 2023! Abstract In this session we provision an Azure Data Factory (ADF) and demonstrate many uses for ADF in the modern data enterprise, including: Editing ADF pipeline JSON Version control integration Copying data …
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Azure-SSIS Express Custom Setup License Key Textbox Update

Back in June 2022, I was honored to deliver a webinar along with the good people on the SolarWinds Task Factory team. During that presentation, I noticed (and I may have even commented on) the License key textbox not being masked when adding Task Factory to an Azure-SSIS integration runtime. I sent a note to the …
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Join Me at SQLBits 2023!

I am honored to deliver a Training Day session at SQLBits 2023: A Day of Azure Data Factory is a full-day Training Day session scheduled for Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023. In this session I cover version control integration, copying data, using parameters and metadata, design patterns (of course!), and more! I hope to see you …
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Install and Configure SQL Server 2022 Developer Edition

This post is for people interested in setting up an instance of SQL Server 2022 Developer Edition for personal use. I caution those interested in configuring an instance of SQL Server 2022 for production purposes: You should not use Developer Edition because it’s not for production workloads by design and according to the EULA. In …
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