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Thinking About Robert Davis

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It’s been more than a year and a half since Robert Davis passed away. I wrote a bit about Robert’s passing last April. I haven’t written about him since, but I think about Robert a lot. I think about Robert when I work on a tough problem that he would have found interesting, when chatting about database nerdery on Twitter, when preparing for a conference or training that I know he would have been excited to attend. I remember him when I get a great new photo of one of my dogs, because I know he would have loved to see it. When I remember Robert now, I remember how delighted he was to solve all sorts of puzzles, and I remember the sound of his laughter. He helps me try to remember to be kind. To be more helpful to others. I don’t have a big takeaway or piece…
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SQL Server Management Studio is as Relevant as Ever

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Sometimes you keep a classic around After almost fifteen years of heavy usage by developers and database administrators (DBAs), it might seem like Microsoft’s free tool, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), is about to go out of style. After all, SSMS is no longer the cool new kid on the block: Microsoft has shown consistent effort to develop their new tool, Azure Data Studio (the artist formerly known as SQL Operations Studio), since November 2017. Azure Data Studio is built on the modern foundation of Microsoft’s VS Code, whereas SQL Server Managed Studio is related to the legacy Visual Studio Shell. Based on this overview, it might seem like a new SQL Server DBA or developer should primarily learn Azure Data Studio, not SSMS. And it might similarly seem like vendors should focus on developing new tooling only for Azure Data Studio. But when you look into the details of…
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A letter to my 20 year-old self

This post is a part of #tsql2sday, a monthly community ritual where a topic is proposed by a community member and everyone is invited to join in. This month’s topic is from Mohammad Darab, who encouraged us to: “Write your 20 year old self a letter. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?” The advice I would give to my 20 year old self is the same advice I give to myself today, more than 20 years later: You are a person who throws yourself into your work — ALL the way into your work You tend to define yourself by your professional activities, and you expect your work to be consistently of very high quality. One of your greatest strengths is that you are a creative person, but when you narrow your focus too much, when you make your life too…
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