Get your blog’s game face on! Starting today, the contest is on like Donkey Kong to the break of dawn.
SQLServerPedia bloggers and contributors can win an all-expense-paid trip to the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit in Seattle this November, complete with airfare, hotel, PASS entry, and a netbook to blog it all.
Three new bloggers have already signed up for syndication, bringing us to 29 syndicated bloggers!
Brad Shulz (Blog)
If you like Itzik Ben-Gan, you’re gonna like Brad, because he’s quick with the T-SQL tricks. He was a Visual FoxPro MVP for years, and since switching over to T-SQL, he’s been promoted to Forum Moderator on the MSDN T-SQL forum. As a database engine guy, I love reading his stuff. Some of Brad’s recent posts include:
- You May Be Interested In These Products – ever wanted to do Amazon-like suggestions using plain old T-SQL? Brad shows you how with AdventureWorks data.
- ALL, ANY and SOME: The Three Stooges – I’d never heard of these T-SQL operators until I read Brad’s post, and now I know why I haven’t.
- Implicit Conversions in T-SQL – if you use string functions like LEFT, RIGHT, and TRIM on numbers and dates, what happens? Brad shows why you can’t take things for granted.
Jen and her husband, Sean McCown, run the MidnightDBA blog and the MidnightDBA video series. Bloggers, take note: Jen’s posts do a great job of walking the reader through a topic from start to finish, complete with full T-SQL to reproduce the lesson on their own computers. I love it when a blog post includes the CREATE TABLE statements necessary for a junior DBA to see what’s going on.
Some of her recent posts include:
Brad Corbin (Twitter)
Brad’s got an impressive StackOverflow reputation and he’s over at ServerFault too. I like Brad not just for his all-seeing avatar, but also for his willingness to disagree with me. I hope he wins just so I can buy him a beer in person for disagreeing with me on my blog. Sometimes I think you folks out there are all too chicken to call me on it when I’m over the top.
Brad started blogging back in 2005, gave it up, and this contest encouraged him to get started again. That’s what this contest is all about – bringing the community together and bringing new people along for the ride. I’m working on setting him up with his own WordPress installation just like I did with Jorge Segarra, Kevin Kline, Ross Mistry, and Tom LaRock. I’d love to help you get started too, especially if you’ve never been to PASS before – this is your big chance.
Wanna Win a Free Trip to the PASS Summit?
Check out the contest announcement, then read up on How to Help. Whether you’re writing blog entries or wiki articles, you might find inspiration in our list of frequently requested articles. I’ve already heard from a couple of folks about wiki topics they’re working on, and I’m excited to see the results!
I’ll be drawing the winner live on my October 1st webcast with Tim Ford. Sign up today!