Meme Monday – Stupid Questions

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Published on: June 6, 2011

This month we have an interesting topic for Meme Monday.  This is hosted by Thomas LaRock and the topics revolve in some way around SQL Server.  As Tom brought up, the saying is that “there are no stupid questions.”  I have long disagreed with that statement.  I think many people would disagree but it is a tool used by instructors to invoke questions from the crowd.  I think there are plenty of stupid questions.  For me, a stupid question is simply a question to which you already know the answer.

A common question that I hear that could fall into that category is “How do I select information out of table ZYX?”

For that question, pick your response du jour.  Typically the response may be preceded with at least one question trying to garner more information such as “Well, what data do you want to select from the table?”  If they can answer this question, then the first question seems a bit on the stupid side since they already know the essential pieces to the answer of their question.  This holds true, so long as the data retrieval is a basic SELECT.

So there you have it, short and sweet.

June 2011 S3OLV Meeting

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It’s Grillin’ Time

OK, so we won’t be grilling inside the meeting – or even at the meeting.  But it sure sounds good.  There will likely be Pizza and drinks.

For any who are interested, The S3OLV meeting will be held this Thursday June 9 at 18h30 PDT.

This month Charley Jones will be test driving a new presentation.  He has been working feverishly to learn about cubes and how to create them.  He will be teaching us this month how to do this from the mind-set of an OLTP DBA in his presentation titled “OLTP Moving to OLAP.”  I think this will be a great opportunity for those of us who are weak or strong in OLAP to learn a bit and see how this transition may make sense from an OLTP perspective.

Come join the fray at the Learning Center.  At this point there will not be a LiveMeeting for this meeting unless I get enough feedback requesting it.  It would be nice to know there is a continued interest in having these meetings be available virtually.  And, thus that is really the only reason at this point.  If there is continued interest, I will create a LiveMeeting and share the information for the Livemeeting.

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