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Networking Successes

Posted by sqlwiseguy on September 5, 2009

Over the last few weeks I’ve had several instances where I’ve had to learn new things and, in my struggles, have had the opportunity to get help from people I have met recently (both in person and on-line).  Notice I said “opportunity”.  One thing I’ve learned recently is that people like to help other people!   As part of my professional development I’ve been attempting to work on my networking skills, and, in my opinion, networking is more than meeting people, it is interacting with them to help and to be helped.

What the heck is jQuery?

The current project I am working on is using ASP.NET MVC and AJAX for the web site and my HTML and javascript skills are not strong so I was reading and workring with Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0.  As I went through the examples I encountered a jQuery script that was not working.  I posted a question on Twitter which was answered by Jeremiah Peschka (Blog|Twitter).  He sent me his email address and offered to look at the script for me.  He also forwarded on the problem to a jQuery guru he knows.  All that effort and we’ve never met!  See people DO like to help!

How does this work in Powershell?

A few months ago I began interacting with Chad Miller (Blog|Twitter) on Twitter and was able to set him up to speak at my local user group (OPASS).  Chad is a Powershell guru and presented on T-SQL vs. Powershell back in July.  I’m working on a presentation about the Default Trace and I wanted to provide some examples of how to archive the Default Trace files/data.  This seemed like a good opportunity to learn some Powershell, so I sent Chad an email asking him to point me in the right direction, which he did.  I completed a “working” Powershell script and sent it to him for review.  He responded with explanations of what I had done wrong and a corrected script.

Why can’t I get this file processed?

Again as part of the Default Trace presentation I wanted to present a solution using SSIS.  Now I have some experience with SSIS and consider myself to be at an intermediate level so I figured I could get it done without trouble.  Well, I was wrong.  I had what I thought was a working solution, until I got Log_10.trc at the same time as Log_9.trc.  The ForEach File Enumerator orders files by name so the active Log_10.trc file was the first file the File System Task attempted to move and it is locked, thus the task failed.  So once I again I used Twitter to ask an SSIS guru, Andy Leonard (Blog|Twitter), if there was a way to change the sort order on the ForEach File Enumerator.  He said that you needed to script it, unfortunately.  He also emailed me an example script.

Those are just 3 instances where I’ve had the opportunity to truly practice networking (I blogged about another here).  Interacting with people and using those interactions to learn new skills and share your skills.  In my mind this is real networking.  Sure these are examples where I got something from my network, but there have been times where I’ve been on the other side, and you’d better believe if I can help out any of these guys I’ll do it!

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Meet, Greet, & Remember?

Posted by sqlwiseguy on July 22, 2009

How many of you have said, “I have a real hard time remembering names” or “Excuse me, I know we must have met, but I can’t remember your name”.  I know I have many times.  The question is what am I going to do about?  I’m glad you asked.  As an addition to the PASS Summit, PASS, at the urging of Andy Warren, is adding a 2 hour networking seminar by Don Gabor, Networking to Build Business Contacts, between the pre-conference sessions and the Welcome Reception.  The cost is $60 and attendance is limited to 100.

There are several reasons why I am attending:

  1. To develop confidence in meeting people.
  2. To learn how to build and maintain my network.
  3. To learn how to help others meet people.

Each of these items will be covered during the session, and the Welcome Session and the rest of the conference will give us the opportunity to apply the principles that will be taught.

This won’t just help me as a technical professional, but also in my work.  I currently serve as missionary with New Tribes Mission and part of my “job” is building and maintaining a network of churches and individuals who see value in what I do and are willing to support my work with prayer and finances.  This makes developing networking skills essential. 

Let me give one example of how networking can work.  Just yesterday, I got an email from the Space Coast User Group leaders asking if I could move up from the September meeting and speak at the August meeting as the speaker had to cancel.  I had a conflict so I couldn’t move up.  As I am on Twitter, I put out a message asking if anyone would be able to fill in the August meeting.  I knew at least one person who would be interested, Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken), and I heard back from him fairly quickly.  I was able to connect him with the Space Coast User Group leadership and he was able to make arrangements to fill in.  Both parties were happy, and I got to “raise” my profile through helping others.

I hope to see you there!  Then we can practice together.

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SQL Saturday 14 – Pensacola Networking Wrap-up

Posted by sqlwiseguy on June 8, 2009

For me the event actually started Friday night at the Speaker/Volunteer party at The Fish House.  We spent the evening out on the deck with appetizer’s and drinks meeting and greeting old and new friends.  It was great to re-connect with Rodney Landrum, Karla Ramail (the event organizer, thanks for a great weekend), Nathan Heaivilin, Pam Shaw, Brian Knight, and Steve Jones, all of whom I had met at SQLSaturday – Orlando and at other events.  Then I was able to meet Brad McGehee, Ken Simmons, and Tim Mitchell, each of whom I had interacted with on-line, but had not met in person.  Finally there are all the new people which included Sven and Li from Troy University, Ryan Duclos from Mobile,  Shawn, Tony Davis of RedGate/Simple Talk and others.  To be honest I’m pretty happy that I remember that many names the next day.  Oh, and of course, old friend, Andy Warren was there, pushing me to meet new people.  I was able to meet Jessica Moss who is an MVP and regular speaker at these events, on Saturday morning.

At the after party I spent most of my time with a group including, Andy Warren, Steve Jones, Tim Mitchell, Nathan Heaivilin, Pam Shaw, Jessica Moss, and Don Demsak.  This is definitely an interesting group to spend time with as the topics range from technical, to professional, personal, and politics, and with Andy around you know there will be some interesting discussions as he likes to be controversial to get other people involved.  Add in the fact that most technical people tend to have strong opinions and see things as black and white, you never know what will be said.  Then this group, minus Don and Steve, adjourned to the Fish House for dinner although we took a round about way there.  How many techies with smart phones does it take to find a restaurant within walking distance of your location?  Well, in our crew it took 2 with the help of the rest of us.  We ended up walking around a couple of blocks before circling around the the Fish House, which was pretty much in sight of Rosie O’Grady’s.  Needless to say it was quite amusing to think we walked about 2 times further than we needed to.  Again, it was a good time of discussion and fun.

Tim Mitchell is from the Dallas area and now the idea is to get him to spearhead a SQLSaturday in the Dallas area.  I’d like to get over there as I have a brother in Texas (about 4 hours away from Dallas) and I could take my family to visit him and do the Dallas SQLSaturday in one trip.  Plus, Tim is a great guy and it would be nice to help him out and get to spend some more time with him.  Not to mention the opportunity to meet more new people from the Dallas area.

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