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I am an award nominee!

Just a quick post while I’m on my way to speak at SQL Saturday 274 in Slovenia.

I received an email telling me that I have been nominated for the Tribal Awards in the category “Best New Community Voice”.  I am thrilled to have been nominated and am listed along with some really good “community voices”.

To make sure that there is plenty of participation, there is a chance for voters (you lot!) to win a $50 amazon voucher, by placing your vote via twitter using the hashtag #TribalAwards.

You can also vote on multiple categories via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TribalAwardsVoting – after voting you can get a bunch of free stuff from red-gate too.

So please stop by the link above and cast your votes for the different categories, making sure to click my name (“William Durkin”) to ensure I get the award 😀

Cheers

William

SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile: Remote presentation for SQL Southwest, 21st November 2013

I am booked to speak at the SQL Southwest User Group in the UK on the 21st of November at some time from 18:00 (GMT) onwards.

This will be a new session on SQL Server consolidation titled “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile!”.  The session will cover the reasons for and against consolidation and hopefully help you to understand how consolidation can be performed in your environment. Due to the subject there won’t be many demos (if at all) and it will be more of a high-level discussion.

The session will be run remotely using a yet to be decided medium (GoToMeeting, WebEx or something similar), which will be a first for me.  A suitable link or login details will be made available via the SQL Southwest website and I will tweet the details ahead of time too.  I have been informed that there will be some sort of question/answer capability which will also be communicated in advance and during the session.

I hope to see you there!

Good News / Bad News

Given the choice, most people want to hear the bad news before the good:

The Bad News

I recently found out that the owner of Atlantis Interactive has decided to throw in the towel with regards to his absolutely amazing SQL Server Tools and IDE.

Matt Whitfield has produced (on his own) a set of tools that puts a lot of full blown companies to shame! The IDE SQL Everywhere is a complete replacement for SSMS, but boasts a number of improvements/extra features that seem blindingly obvious when you see them in SQL Everywhere. My favourites are “extract as CTE” where you mark some code and allow SQL Everywhere to create a CTE for you, and the smart renaming of variables/aliases etc.

When I heard that he had made this decision, I could understand it, but still find it a shame. He was obviously in a hard market to start with, with some very firm competition. I am still surprised that the tools haven’t made any noticeable headway – there are loads of people looking for good tools, even in the niche of T-SQL development.

The Good News

Matt has not decided to throw away all that he created. He has unlocked all the tools and set them free! His blood, sweat and tears (well, not so much blood – I hope!) have not been wasted.

If you have had enough of the limitations of SSMS intellisense, or general SSMS strangeness, take a good look at SQL Everywhere. Whilst you are there, have a look at the other great tools he created, you will be surprised at what you find.

My hat goes off to him and I hope that this setback doesn’t stop him from giving it another go in the future.

@Matt – if you read this, I’m looking forward to meeting you at SQLBits. I would love to hear about any other ideas you have on the back burner 🙂