Joe Webb

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September 2008 Blog Posts

Using Covering Indexes to Improve Query Performance

My latest Simple-Talk article is live. It's entitled Using Covering Indexes to Improve Query Performance. Let me know what you think and if you'd like to see more articles/postings on similar topics. Cheers! Joe

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2008 8:14 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ T-SQL SQL Server ]

Running SQL Server Notification Services in 2008!

Late yesterday afternoon, Microsoft posted to their download site a Release Candidate (RC1) for the Notification Services Components Package. This is essentially the same package that was released back in February 2007, with one really major exception - it supports SQL Server 2008! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=614FFDF3-C608-4BD3-9061-AE37DCC81E2B&displaylang=en As one who has worked quite a bit with Notification Services (and still I received calls and emails from around the world regarding Notification Services), I'm very glad to see this. Not only because I'm glad to see a good feature persisted a bit longer, but because Microsoft stepped up and in my opinion made good on an...

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6:24 AM | Feedback (14) | Filed Under [ Notification Services Current Events ]

The certification treadmill

Sometimes it seems that pursuing certification in a technology is tantamount to running on treadmill. On a treadmill you spend countless hours toiling away, working up a sweat and exerting yourself beyond what you thought you could do. At the end, you reap the benefits of your efforts; you're in better shape. The same could be said for preparing for a certification exam. You spend hour upon hour learning a new technology, expanding your knowledge much the same way you expand your lungs while running. And at the end, you've learn a great deal, passed a few exams, and you've...

posted @ Thursday, September 04, 2008 10:47 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Misc Current Events ]

Creating Technical Presentations

My latest article for Simple-Talk is online, Creating Technical Presentations. I'd love to hear what you think either in the comments below, or in the comments on the Simple-Talk web site. Thanks! Joe

posted @ Tuesday, September 02, 2008 10:50 AM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

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