Joe Webb

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The SQL Server Community, online or in person.

Over the past several years, I've regularly blogged about SQL Server and other technologies, and sometimes about life in general. I enjoy sharing my experiences and love it when something I've written evokes a good conversation in the comments section of the blog. For the past couple of years, I've hosted my blog right here on SQLTeam with my good friend and fellow SQL Server MVP, Bill Graziano. Bill's a wonderful guy with a true passion for the SQL Server community. Recently I finally finished porting my professional web site over to a platform that allows me to host my...

posted @ Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:02 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ Misc Community ]

SQLTeach Vancouver 2009 Sessions are online

Yesterday I posted a short blog about DevLink in the middle Tennessee area. Today, I'd like to make sure that you're aware of another great event in the great northwest - DevTeach/SQLTeach. DevTeach/SQLTeach is a wonderful event put on largely by volunteers led by Jean-Rene (JR) Roy. It's got a good combination of developer tracks and SQL Server tracks. So if you're a developer with a bent for database application, this event is right up your alley. Earlier this week, DevTeach/SQLTeach released their lineup of speakers and sessions. Have a look at them and I'm sure you'll...

posted @ Friday, February 27, 2009 11:25 AM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

DevLink 2009 Call for Speakers

For those of you who are not familiar with DevLink, you should be. It's Middle Tennessee's premier developer and database conference. It attracts some of the best speakers from all over North America, yet it provides a comfortable and relaxed environment where attendees and speakers can have a fun time just hanging out and getting to know one another. Currently the call for speakers is open. If you're interested in speaking at the event, visit the DevLink site ,, to download the abstract submission form

posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:44 AM | Feedback (7) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Welcome 2009!

Happy New Years! (noise makers sounding in the background, confetti and streamers softly floating down behind me). I hope you all had a wonder New Year's Day holiday. Now it's back to work. This fall was quite busy for me. I spoke at a couple of user group meetings, two conferences in two countries, and best of all received into this world a new son, Timothy. For anyone counting that makes four children for me and my wonderful bride of 11+ years. I also received word yesterday that I was re-awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP for 2009. It's the fifth...

posted @ Friday, January 02, 2009 8:36 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Misc Community ]

Here's we go again - PASS Keynote Day 2

As I type this, I've just sat down at the Press/Bloggers table in the General Session are waiting for the keynote address. The lights have dimmed and the smoke machine has begun pumping fog onto the stage. Once again, "Born to be Wild" is blaring on the PA System. The curtain drops and Rushabh Mehta, PASS' current Executive Vice President of Finance and Technology is on a Vespa motor scooter! It's great to see PASS folks having fun! It's professional yet with humor. Rushabh is sharing the PASS financials. Although details really can't be provided in such a setting, it's good...

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:36 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Born to be Wild! - PASS Keynote Day 1

Wayne Snyder, the president of PASS, entered the stage on a Harley-Davidson Fat-Boy. "Welcome to the world's biggest conference for the world's biggest database!" he yells as "Born to be Wild" blares over the PA system. This is going to be an excited event; you can feel it in the air. "PASS is a live conference for a live community." said Wayne. As the member of the PASS Community, Wayne is a fantastic speaker. He's a passionate and enthusiastic champion for the SQL Server Community. PASS is in it's 10th year. And this is the most explosive year yet. Attendance increased...

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Feedback (5) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

PASS Volunteer Training Day

Yesterday I attended the PASS Volunteer Training Day; a concept that started a couple of years ago. It's a day when all of the volunteers that make PASS work throughout the year come together for training, discussions, brainstorming, and education. There were chapter leaders from around the world, people that work tirelessly to create a program for the Summit and European events, and Special Interest Group leaders - to name but a few. This year's training day was marked by a first, and it's been a long time coming. (I'm not sitting on the outside pointing fingers either; I've been...

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Make your voice heard in the SQL Community

I just voted in the PASS 2008 Board of Directors elections. I can tell you the decision was not an easy one. And I'm glad! The SQL Server community is a rather close knit group of people. By that I don't mean that it's some kind of "old boy" network. I'm not even talking about an organization like PASS that attempts to represent or to serve the community. No, I'm talking about the community as a whole. Although the installations of SQL Server are vast and its use is broad, the community of professionals that actively seek out to...

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2008 8:00 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Blogging PASS

The 2008 PASS Community Summit begins next week. It's probably one of the best weeks of my professional year. There is, of course, lots and lots and lots of great technical training. Multiple sessions (usually 9 or 10) happening simultaneously so I can choose from hearing one of the product managers from Microsoft explain where the product is going in the future. Or if I prefer I can sit in on one of the PSS (Premier Services and Support) sessions to learn how to troubleshoot my instances better. Of course there's the CAT (Customer Advisory Team) sessions that are always...

posted @ Saturday, November 15, 2008 9:41 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

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 ]

Blogging and my new Twitter site

My good friend Kevin Kline recently posed a question on one of his blogs: what is the best frequency, depth, and type of blog posting? Are readers most interested in more thorough postings that are more akin to full fledged magazine articles, with the understanding that those will appear far less often since they are more time consuming to create? Or is it better to post more frequent, but perhaps less comprehensive postings? Most of these postings would be less than a few hundred words; at the extreme they could be almost Twitter-ish in length and content. I've been...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2008 6:44 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ Misc Community ]

DevLink 2008 Presentation

Thanks to everyone who came to my Writing Better Queries session at DevLink this afternoon! I truly appreciate that you took time of your busy schedule to attend! I hope it was worth your while. As promised, here is a link to the presentation slide deck and demo scripts that I used today. In addition to the formal feedback that you may have provided to DevLink, I'd love to hear from you. So feel free to either drop me an email directly, or to add comments to the section below. Cheers! Joe

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2008 2:58 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ T-SQL Current Events Community ]

SQL Server Virtualization

Next week at the Nashville SQL Server User Group, John Rives of Amniox is going to speak about using SQL Server with clustered virtualization. Unfortunately, I'm not going  to be able to attend due to a prior commitment, however I have spoken with John about his presentation and it definitely sounds promising. If you're in the area, I'd encourage you to come on out. I certainly wish I could be there. I don't have any SQL Servers in a virtualized environment. In fact, I have only worked with one company that does, and that is on a very underutilized server with...

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2008 1:18 PM | Feedback (11) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Current Events Community ]

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services online resources

Thanks to everyone who attended my SSRS class in Charlotte this week. As promised, here is a list of online resources that may prove useful to you as you work with Reporting Services. Reporting Services Tutorials Reporting Services Samples on Codeplex Reporting Services Developer Info Center Beginning SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Simple-Talk article series by Steve Joubert  Microsoft MSDN Reporting Services Forum TechNet SQL Server TechCenter MSBI Central Additionally, the following...

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2008 5:02 PM | Feedback (14) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Community Reporting Services ]

DevTeach/SQLTeach wrap-up and review

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to attend, and even speak at, many technical conferences both here in the United States and abroad. Some of the conferences had only a couple of hundred attendees while others boasted of attendance figures in 5 digit range. For the two of the six years I spent on the PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) Board of Directors, I served as Director of Logistics and Conference Operations. I arranged meeting space and selected food, contracted for wireless and bought conference bags. My final years of the Board was spent serving as the Executive...

posted @ Monday, May 19, 2008 9:34 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

SQLTeach - Writing better queries presentation

Here's a presentation that I gave yesterday afternoon at DevTeach/SQLTeach. It's called Tips & Tricks for Writing Better Queries. It's very similar to the presentation I gave a month or so ago at the Nashville SQL Server User Group meeting. To everyone who attended the session - thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I hope it was worth your while. Please feel free to email me if you have any additional questions or comments. And please remember to login to your SQLTeach account and submit your session evals. Cheers! Joe

posted @ Thursday, May 15, 2008 9:37 AM | Feedback (9) | Filed Under [ T-SQL Current Events Community ]

Identifying Performance Bottlenecks

Thanks to everyone who attended my "Identifying Performance Bottlenecks" session this morning at DevTeach/SQLTeach. As promised, here is the PowerPoint slide deck I used during the presentation. Regarding the question of on the performance of LINQ, Bob Beauchemin recently posted a series of blogs entries on the topic. Here's a link. And here's a link to series of posts on the Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) that Louis Davidson authored. Cheers! Joe

posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2008 10:47 AM | Feedback (5) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Current Events Community ]

SQLExamples: A great new SQL Server resource

I hope that everyone that works with Microsoft SQL Server is aware of the MSDN SQL Server Forums. If not, you should really go check them out. They're a great resource when you're staring at a tough SQL Server-related problem. Now, some of the Moderators, Answerers, and MVPs have gotten together to create a new resource to supplement the Forums; it's called SQLExamples. We just started it a few weeks ago so it's still very much in its infancy and somewhat sparsely populated. But it's growing quickly. I think it'll be a boon for SQL Server professionals the world over...

posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:36 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Current Events Community ]

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