Today’s out-of-band post is for a very special reason – it’s been two (2) years since I started blogging on BeyondRelational.com and doing my bit to contribute back into the community as a gesture of thanks for all that the community has given me.
I would take this opportunity to thank the following for their tremendous contribution and sacrifices in making this journey possible:
- Jacob Sebastian (blog), Pinal Dave (blog) and Vinod Kumar (blog) for inspiring and introducing me to this wonderful SQL Server community
- My dear wife, Ami and my respected parents, without whose love, blessings, sacrifices and support I wouldn’t have achieved this
- My friends and colleagues at work who kept providing me feedback on my posts and encouraged me to write more
- Finally, it’s you – the kind members of the community who take the time out from your busy schedules to read what I write – you are the most important contributors in this milestone
A quick snapshot of the last two years…
Here’s a quick summary of the splendid two year journey in the world of SQL Server and the community, in general. As I was preparing this list, I was surprised to see how much I did in these two years in addition to shouldering increased responsibilities at work. It just goes to show the satisfaction and drive that one gets by contributing to the community.
- 223 posts till date!
- Approximately 2 posts/week
- Average of approximately 111 posts/year
- Topics centered around my learning experiences followed by SQL Server Tools and Utilities and my experiments with T-SQL
- Visit by blog at: http://beyondrelational.com/modules/2/blogs/77/nakuls-blog.aspx
- Earned Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification for SQL Server 2008 (Implementation & Maintenance)
- Guest articles & Publications
- Setting TRUNCATE permissions in SQL Server (SQLAuthority.com), December 20, 2010
- Connection Strings 101 (SQLServerCentral.com), December 24, 2010
- Deleting a Large Number of Rows from a table and a heap in a VLDB (SQLServerCentral.com), March 24, 2011
- SQL Server Interview Questions & Answers – My Views on Interviews (SQLAuthority.com), July 28, 2011
- SQL Server – Thinking about Deprecated, Discontinued Features and Breaking Changes while upgrading to SQL Server 2012 (SQLAuthority.com), May 18, 2012
- Never update systems tables directly – a study in Agent job scheduling (SQLServerCentral.com), September 17, 2012
- Presented an exclusive Microsoft Virtual Tech Days Webcast on the Underappreciated Features of Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft Connect Cases:
- Physical file names in the Database Restore wizard should default to logical file names
- Cannot open/upgrade a solution created for SSMS 2008 in SSMS SQL 11 ("Denali") CTP01
- Table Designer – "User canceled out of save dialog" message appears – if "Prevent changes that require table re-creation" is checked
- Ability to import templates (deploy custom templates) into the Template Explorer
- sp_configure – "allow updates" should be an advanced option
- 1450+ tweets, 113 followers
- Presented academic research paper on database upgrades at the “National Conference for a Technologically Driven Society” (NCTDS) 2011, a national conference organized by the Computer Society of India (CSI)
- Worked with leading educational institutions of the region to mentor and evaluate the next generation
Ways to stay in touch with me
Ask Me a Question
You can always ask me a SQL Server Question at: http://beyondrelational.com/ask/nakul/default.aspx.
Please note that this is voluntary assistance, and therefore, I will only provide guidance. I will not do your work or assignments for you.
My Linked-In Profile:
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Social Media Presence
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Twitter: Tweet to @nakulv_sql
I would like to hear from you, especially what would you like me to do new in 2013! Keep the feedback coming – I really appreciate it!
Until we meet next time,