Consider your [data] sources...

I’m always amused by reasonable seeming statements (including my own) that are then followed by prodigious leaps of non sequitur. Consider the following from Bob Tekiela: One way to find out what skills will be in highest demand this year is to look at job posts. I decided to analyze recent Craigslist San Francisco Bay…

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It’s been real and it’s been fun...

I’ve really enjoyed my ~3.5 years here at Microsoft, especially the last year and a quarter inside SQL Server. Microsoft’s a great company that really takes good care of its employees and their families. It’s with some sadness that I leave all my friends in Building 35 next week (and some of y’all over in…

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Awww, aren’t they just so cute?!

Look at all of them fixin’ to jump in the pool! Heh. Not to minimize the difficulty that they’re embarking on, what with a 20% pass rate and all, but it’s great to see more people diving into the deep end of the SQL Server pool. Let’s hope as many Certified Masters as possible emerge…

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The Problem with Software Architects

What’s the problem with software architects? Besides the fact that they think everything can be described in PowerPoint and Visio? With maybe a couple hundred pages of Word documents? Heh. It is problematic that “they” think things can be reduced to simple lists… or covered in one book. I’m not saying there isn’t good information…

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Back when I was an enterprise architect...

JP Morgenthal put together a brief care-and-feeding guide for managers of enterprise architects for CIO magazine. Back when I was an enterprise architect (or pretending to be one as a consultant), these are all things my management knew. Knew as in: I wish they did more than just be aware that I wanted them to…

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