In an attempt to finally learn how to use SQL I have picked up a few SQL 2012 books and created a few Windows 2012 servers to install and learn SQL 2012.  In the past two days I have made it through 210 pages of Beginning SQL Server 2012 For Developers 3rd Edition and have learned quite a bit about creating databases from scratch and from templates as well as creating and altering tables.  My goal is to learn enough about how to use SQL 2012 to become an expert in creating Business Intelligence dashboards in SharePoint 2013.  As far as this first book goes, It does seem a bit wordy with not enough hands on exercises.  What I would really like to find ins a book for people like me, someone who has experience installing, configuring and tuning and basic knowledge of how to connect to it but still not a DBA.  I will get there, but with the books I have, it may take a little longer than I originally wanted.


December 4th, 2019

SQL Puzzle

In my endless search for the end of the internet, I stumbled across a fun SQL Puzzle.  Link:  

October 25th, 2019

New Power BI Calendar Table

While the old one still works, it doesn’t exactly follow Power BI and DAX best practices. Much like everything in […]

March 5th, 2019

Power BI Report Last Data Refresh Date & Time Tile

With all the data flowing within companies, we needed a way to track the last time Power BI reports were […]

December 3rd, 2018

Date Table and Extras for Power BI

When dealing with incomplete date sets in Power BI, I often add in a quick and dirty Data table to […]

February 14th, 2018

Invincible workflows

Today I encountered a list item that had two instances of the same workflow, both stuck on the first step. […]

May 17th, 2017

The case of the missing App Launcher

Today I deleted and recreated a SharePoint 2016 Web application and recreated it, without issue. Well, except that the new […]

March 10th, 2017

The server failed to process the request. Aka, the SharePoint version of PCLoadLetter

It’s Friday so I’ll keep this short The ongoing power struggle between SharePoint and it’s tamers continues. Today we’re faces […]

March 3rd, 2017

Search, search, search, all the day long…

So, I just rolled SharePoint 2016 into a test environment and launch Central Admin, and the first thing my eyes […]

May 5th, 2016

Oh, happy day!

SharePoint 2016 has been released to MSDN! Time to practice different upgrade strategies and see what this baby can do! […]

March 29th, 2016

Branding Gone Wild

Today I ran into a problematic sub-site in my SharePoint 2013 farm. This sub-site, named “Test”, was where I had […]