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SQL Saturday #285 Atlanta

It’s been a couple of months since my last SQLSaturday and it’s time! Atlanta is my third SQL Saturday that I’ll be speaking at this year. I’m hoping to convince a couple of my coworkers to join me up there.
As always, I’m looking forward to networking with SQL Server professionals in a different part of the country. Besides, Atlanta is a really cool city with much to offer.

SQL Saturday Atlanta

SQL Saturday Atlanta


SQL Saturday #273 Tampa

The year of SQL Saturdays!

Tampa is the second SQL Saturday that I’ll be speaking at this year. For the past several years of my life I have been busy with life. Graduate school completed (check). My beautiful daughter Ava was born (check).


Major move across 3 state lines to live closer to family with kid in tow (check). My rough and tumble son Alex was born (check). Enough with the excuses, now it’s time to focus back on my career for a bit and give back to the professional community.

I’m looking forward to networking with SQL Server professionals and learning from the community. It doesn’t matter how much you think you understand a topic, I always feel there is something to be gained from others. If you can make it out, the user group can certainly use your support. Hope you are able to attend.


SQL Saturday Tampa

Removing VS2012 ALL CAPS Menu Items

So by now this is no longer a new issue and not too difficult to find a fix for. However, when looking for a fix I happened to find several solutions out there and thought I would consolidate some of my findings here.

1) VSCommands for Visual Studio 2012 (http://bit.ly/1dICPOy) – This is an extension created by Squared Infinity. The extension is available directly from inside Visual Studio Online Gallery. Once installed, there are several features available under the VSCommand submenu, including fixing the ALL CAPS menu itemes. The one sticking point for me was their stated license agreement: VSCommand Lite – “Free version for individual developers working on personal or open source projects”; VSCommand Pro – “Paid version with additional features for developers and business customers working on commercial projects.” So much for that option. We have a hard enough time getting money for coffee filters, much less for a cool Visual Studio extension.

2) NuGet gallery package (http://bit.ly/1j2dtm6) – Nuget is a user community open source “Visual Studio extension that makes it easy to add, remove, and update libraries and tools in Visual Studio projects that use the .NET Framework” (nuget DOCS). My primary job function and focus is on SQL Database / BI development, so when I came across this toolset I felt a little out of my element. I’ve heard of NuGet gallery before, but honestly didn’t want to take the time to invest in understanding pros / cons etc…

3) Registry Hack (My choice) – Really! When in doubt, get down and hack it. I want to make sure to give credit where credit is due. After doing a simple online search, I found this fix on Richard Banks blog (http://bit.ly/1aUYVMS). In the end, this is the option I went with. The desktop guys at work tend to get a bit out of shape if you start installing software they don’t control. I get it and want to support their cause, plus if there were ever some kind of security issue with an install, it would suck to be that guy.

SQLSaturday #272 Nashville

SQLSaturday #272 Nashville here I come! Looking forward to having an opportunity to speak and network in Nashville. I am absolutely humbled to be selected to speak amongst the caliber of talent that will be there. I will be presenting on database development “Database Development Comes out of the Dark Ages”. Since SSDT first came out, I quickly adopted the framework and toolsets. I definitely owe several blog posts on the topic.
Just this past week I found out the conference is sold out! This will definitely be a good one.