Invitation and SUM() from Jes Borland.
The Topic: Aggregation
No, not aggravation (although I’ve used the two interchangably before). I want to hear how you solved business problems with aggregate functions. I want to see your cool T-SQL tricks. How are aggregates used in SSRS, SSAS, or SSIS? What have you learned about aggregate functions?
Let’s SUM(thoughts), COUNT(ways we’ve done things), and set MAX(awesome) on our posts!
Remember: “any post that is related to both SQL Server and the theme is fair game. So feel free to post about SSIS, SSRS, Java integration, or whatever other technologies you’re working with in conjunction with SQL Server. Even if your post includes no T-SQL we still want to see it.”
Invitation and Summary from Pat Wright.
Having taken part in several T-SQL Tuesday’s I decided I would finally put my name in to host one. I figured it would be a good way to lose my sanity learn some great ideas from this wonderful SQL community. I figured that since many of you out there set a goal this year to blog more and to learn Powershell then this Topic should help in both of those goals. So the topic I have chosen for this month is Automation! It can be Automation with T-SQL or with Powershell or a mix of both. Give us your best tips/tricks and ideas for making our lives easier through Automation. Now here are all the details you’ll need for a successful T-SQL Tuesday post!
Invitation and summary from Sean McCown.
OK, it’s time for TSQLTuesday again and Jen’s making me write something since we’re hosting this month. So the topic is resolutions, and that in itself isn’t a topic that’s near and dear to me because frankly I just don’t believe in them. I don’t think you have to wait until a new year begins to resolve to do something you’ve been meaning to do. In fact, that pretty much dooms you to not completing it because it takes more than the turning of a calendar page and a romantic notion to accomplish something. If it were really that easy, you would have done it already so it wouldn’t be a big deal.
Your new year can start anytime really. Hell, doing a new year’s resolution doesn’t even line up with my review period at work, so if I relied on the new year to start something new I’d lose 3mos making good on what I’m supposed to accomplish for work. People in IT quite often put personal goals in their yearly goals at work. Things like getting certified, or perfecting a process, or taking management classes, etc are all things that are commonly found in your yearly goals at work. So if you’re going to make some kind of resolution to do something, or to stop doing something, why not put it where it actually makes more sense… in your work goals. Your bonus quite often relies on you completing your goals so it’s really the perfect place. And it gives you a better excuse to have the resolution to begin with because you can use the bonus as motivation.
So even if you’re going to make a resolution at work, try to make it something you can actually do. One of the biggest reasons for failure is someone will set a goal that’s completely ridiculous for them and when the goal starts slipping they get discouraged and just give up. I’d like to get my MCM this year, but I don’t even have any of the lower certs yet. Well, chances are you’re not going to make it dude.