Here is a question….

It has been roughly 2 months since I updated this blog.  I tell myself weekly, I set reminders on my phone, and every other action I could possible do to post something.  What usually happens is that I am not at home when the reminder goes off, I’m study for a test, or Mrs. SQLCodeMonkey…

A new school year is upon us….

A new school year has started.  My youngest daughter started High School this year, and wow, talk about a sad day.  Our little girl is growing up and will be driving in a year or so.  I start school next week myself, another semester into getting my music degree.  I am looking forward to school,…

Vacation is upon us!

Back to my old habits of forgetting to post Blogs.  Well, if you haven’t seen anything here, you can always find great tips for SQL Server on one of my social media platforms. Summer Vacation has finally arrived.  Thirteen days away from work.  This year, we are heading on a cruise.  This will be the…

SQL Saturday Dallas

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of speaking at SQL Saturday Dallas.  This was my first time speaking in Dallas, and it was awesome!  Great crowd, great environment and an overall great SQL Saturday.  I met some great people while I was there, and made some new networking connections.  One of the things…

College

Definition: College: an educational institution or establishment, in particular. After graduating high school, most people head to college.  However, I was one of those people who never felt like I needed it. Probably because I come from a blue collar Texas family.  No one in my family has ever graduated college, none of my brothers or…

The picture says it all

As you can see from the picture that I have attached to this post, I am the president of the slacker club.  I just noticed today that it has been almost 2 months since I posted anything here.  Well, honestly, that isn’t a good thing. Don’t think I haven’t been super busy these last few…

SQL Saturday Phoenix

I have been asked many times, what is a SQL Saturday?  SQL Saturday is an even held almost every Saturday all over the world.  It is a free event that offers a day of training for the local SQL Community.  All of the speakers are volunteers and travel from all over the country to help…

SQL Saturday – Victoria British Columbia Canada

This past Saturday, March 3rd, was the inaugural SQL Saturday for Victoria, Canada. I had the great honor of being selected as a speaker for the event.  Out of all the talks I have given, I truly feel that this one ranked up at the top on the success scale.  The interaction that I had with…

Busy; The Never Dull Days.

A while back I told myself that I would start posting a new blog post at least once a week.  Looking back now, it has almost been a month since I have written anything.  I could sit here and give a hundred reasons why I haven’t, but that would be a hundred excuses of why…

SQL Saturday # 725 – Victoria, BC, Canada

It has been 20 years since I have written my first line of SQL Code.  Over the years I have worn many hats in the SQL World, DBA, Developer, Architect.  No matter what my role is in the SQL World, the one thing I enjoy doing the most is “slinging” SQL Code. I gave my…

Why LinkedIn, Why?

LinkedIn is a great tool to use for Networking.  A lot of us who use LinkedIn, do public speaking engagements.  Do you know, that LinkedIn doesn’t have a topic for public speaking? They have areas for adding patents, publications and even other languages you speak to your profile, however, they do not have an area…

The New Theme Layout

It’s been almost a full year that I have hosted my own WordPress site.  I moved away from my .NET blog software that was hosted on my X454 site and switched to a Raspberry Pi running a full LAMP server.  Since then, I have stuck with a simple theme that really didn’t match the layout…

Speaking Engagments

As the girl child is next door rehearsing for her latest play that she is in, I’m sitting at the coffee shop thinking that I need to change up this blog site some.  It has been up for over a year now, and after digging through it tonight, I noticed that I really don’t have…

Site was down

Hello All! Seems that I had a little connection problems the last few days.  I swapped out my router and in the process I reset my static IP address on my web server.  During this time, it looks like the site was down and couldn’t be accessed. I finally got a chance to get everything…

BBS – When life was simple

As promised, I will expand on that last statement I made about BBS Software.  Let’s go back to 1992.  That was a very busy year for me.  I got married that year, yes, she still puts up with me daily, and I also came across this thing called a BBS.  By 1992, I was fluent…

What should this title read….

Sometimes I think I have posted a post, then I look at my feed only to realize I haven’t.  That is why I am calling this one my Miscellaneous post.  When I first came up with the idea for the post, I was going to talk about projects I’m working on, or things that I…

SQL Saturday # 680 – Kansas City Mo – October 7th, 2017

Good evening all! If you didn’t get a chance to catch my session at SQL Saturday Houston or Baton Rouge, you have another chance this year.  I was fortunate enough to be selected for SQL Saturday Kansas City.  Come watch as I explain the beauty of Dynamic SQL.  Even if you have had the chance…

Houston Techfest 2017 – September 16, NRG Arena

Sorry that it has been awhile since I have updated this site.  A lot of things have been happening over the last few weeks, Hurricane Harvey one of them.  I am happy to say that I will be speaking at Houston Techfest on September 16th.  It looks like I have been given that first class…

SQL Saturday – Baton Rouge

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at another SQL Saturday in the Great State of Louisiana.  Let me begin by saying, the SQL Pass user group that puts on the SQL Saturday there is fantastic.  The food was great, the atmosphere was great and the users were great. The feed back I…

SQL Saturday Houston – 6/17/2017

Thank you to all who came out to watch my talk today over Dynamic SQL: Tables/Pivots/Parameters.  I have uploaded the files to the SQL Saturday website.  You can follow this link to the page that has all the speakers info on them.  Scroll down to the 1:30 time slot, find my class and you can…

Summer Time

The hours turns into days, the days into weeks and before you know a month has gone by without a post.  Now that Summer is here, my schedule has became so disorganized, that I can’t remember when I posted my last post. With my child out of school for the summer and Mrs. CodeMonkey starting…

Python

As I said earlier, I sat out on a quest to write a twitter bot using Python and a Raspberry Pi.  I found a lot of great samples that let you auto-tweet (using a file), but I still haven’t found any good samples on a bot that will allow you to retweet based on #Hashtags….

Setting up an RSS Feed

I usually do all my critical thinking on Sundays.  That one day of the week, were I have had a few days to relax and then decide what to tinker with next.  Today I decided to set up an RSS Feed for this site.  The end game on this is to be able to use…

SQL Saturday Houston

I have been doing the SQL thing for over close to 20 years.  I have worked as both a developer and a DBA.  I was lucky enough to be selected to speak at the Houston SQL Saturday on June 17, 2017. My session will be over Dynamic SQL.  Dynamic SQL is such a powerful tool…