Tag Archives: WTF

Longrunning Query – xp_cmdshell?

Flicking through the ol’ Solarwinds activity monitor, I spotted this one day: That four day purple thing on the right? Not good. (The remaining images are from a reconstruction, partly to protect the not-so-innocent, and partly because the first job … Continue reading

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Recruitment Agency Fail

I’ve just received an email from a recruitment consultant. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea what they’re looking for. The full body text is reproduced, verbatim, below: Dear Thomas New Vacancy – Job Title – Contract/Perm – Location Your details … Continue reading

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ETL not working? Redesign the source database!

I was invited to attend a conference call to discuss two items attached to the meeting invitation. I had been involved in neither of them until that point. I decline, pointing this out. They insist. So I dial in, and … Continue reading

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Ignoring the “T” of “ETL”

ETL.  You know what it stands for, I know what it stands for. Extract.  Transform.  Load. A simple enough concept, you would have thought.  Except those guys (the over-paid third-party consultants) want me to do the “T” part in the … Continue reading

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Meme Monday: I got 99 SQL problems and the disk ain’t one

OK, so I’m late to the party. In my defence, yesterday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK, and for personal reasons I wasn’t even thinking about work. But now I’m back to it, and having been wondering what … Continue reading

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Lazy programming from MS? Surely not…

Another vignette from SQL Server 2005 Management Studio showing a possible lack of attention to detail somewhere… (Speaking of lack of attention to detail, I can’t remember which version of the SSMS had this bug.  I suspect it was RTM, … Continue reading

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T-SQL Tuesday #13 – Business Briefs

The final T-SQL Tuesday of 2010 is hosted by Steve “SQL Server Central” Jones, and is on the loosely-defined subject of “What issues have you had in interacting with the business to get your job done?” As some of you … Continue reading

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