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September 2004 Blog Posts

PASS 2004: The RIGHT WAY to do a presentation...

I will use Bill Graziano, Ken Henderson, and Fernando Guerrero as my examples for this: Pick a good topic, cover it thoroughly, and try to provide more than what's expected (Graz, Ken, Fernando) Create good slides that are descriptive enough so that notes aren't required (Graz, Ken, Fernando) Provide handouts anyway, in case you want to take notes (Graz, Ken) Allow for a Q&A session (Ken), or allow attendees to ask as you present (Graz).  Reward questions with food (Graz). :) Complement, but don't repeat verbatim, your previously published material (Graz, Ken, Fernando) Practice speaking clearly and authoritatively on the topic (Graz, Ken, Fernando) DEMONSTRATE, don't just...

posted @ Thursday, September 30, 2004 7:26 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Coolness ]

PASS 2004: How NOT to give a presentation...

I just got out of a presentation on “Performance Tuning and XML Support in MS SQL Server 2005”.  Here are some high/low-lights: Zero discussion on performance tuning, except for “use showplan, it's great”.  Don't describe anything new about showplan either List various new and improved locking, query, and join hints, and....don't discuss them in any detail Provide almost no demos.  And then, they're demos that don't demonstrate anything; they're just one line queries Finally got into some depth on XML features, but don't describe how they work or what's new about them.  I think I now know LESS about XML support in SQL2005 than I did before...

posted @ Thursday, September 30, 2004 2:49 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Stupidness ]

...Cause We Don't Have Enough Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Full-Contact Gladitorial Database Discussions Anymore

Fabian Pascal responds to an article on Slashdot about XML and Relational Databases. Slashdot discussion and feedback on it is especially entertaining. More kind words from Fabian add to the verbal melee.

posted @ Wednesday, September 15, 2004 10:31 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Stupidness ]

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