Speaking at SQLKonferenz 2015, Darmstadt

SQLKonferenz Darmstadt Speaking at SQLKonferenz 2015, DarmstadtI am pleased to announce that I was selected to be one of the speakers at the great SQLKonferenz in Darmstadt, Germany! The 2-day event will be held on the 4th and 5th of February and is organized by PASS – the biggest SQL Server organization in the world. Watching at the agenda, I can only say that this conference is one of those you definitely don’t want to miss. Just take a look at the speakers and you will see what I mean!

Hopefully you will be able to join! See you there!

Visio Stencils for SQL Server and IT Pros

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Are you a consultant, architect or just the person who is responsible for designing the solutions in your shop? If so, you were probably already been asked to create a diagram to “describe”(or let’s say visualise) it. Visio can be your best friend in situations like this as it specialises in the creation of all kinds of diagrams. However, in order for you to be able to create the ones that you are interested in – related to IT architecture, databases or cloud solutions, you will need specific stencils because Visio does not have all the possible “images” that you may need. So here is my “present” for you – below you will find 4 of the stencils(free ones!) I use in my day-to-day work and because I was asked by a colleague MVP recently (Argenis, yes, I am talking about you) and he found those useful, I thought you may also like them. Here’s the list:

  1. Windows Azure Stencil -> Windows Azure Pack & Windows Azure Visio Stencil
  2. Virtualization 2008 -> Virtualization Stencil
  3. BI SQL 2012 Stencils -> Visio Shapes for SQL 2012
  4. Office Stencils (there are good ones for Databases and Servers here) -> New Office Visio Stencil

Again – those are free, so download them and see what they offer. Let me know what you think and if you have other stencil(s) that you are using, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Hangout #25 SQL Server Indexing

SQLHangout #25 is a special one as I was joined by Tim Ford(b|t) who you may already know for one reason or another. If you don’t know him, however, Tim is the founder of SQLCruise, President of PASS and much, much more! In this hangout we talked about indexing strategies and Tim shared some really practical insights from his experience of troubleshooting and fixing performance problems. We also talked about 3rd party apps, filtered indexes and companies that are trying to make everything work with 2GB of RAM. Last, but not at least we discussed the fact that SQLCruise is actually coming to Europe! I really think you will enjoy the video, so free up 30 minutes from your busy day, watch and let me know what you think.

T-SQL Tuesday #60 –

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At the moment of writing this blog post, I am at the MVP Summit in one of the hundreds of buildings of Microsoft in Redmond. I am listening to a very interesting session on how organisations collaborate with their partners and yes, I am learning some new things. However, I want to focus on something else in this blog post and not on what I have learned recently, even though I learned quite some stuff and quite interesting (some of which I cannot even talk about). So here’s the deal… Read More

Speaking at Java2Days 2014

Java2Days 2014 1024x249 Speaking at Java2Days 2014I know. I know. Java? SQL Server? How can those be related!? It was hard for me to understand that too, so bare with me! Java2Days is the leading Java conference in Bulgaria from years. I remember how I went there when I was still a student and I was taking courses on programming with Java. That was years ago. Now, however, the event grew! What they are doing this year for first time is that they will held one track that will be dedicated to “different than Java things”. Let’s call it this way. How they got me as speaker, though, was also cool. My new company is one of the major players on the market when we talk about consulting and doing project work. We do that successfully because we have an amazing team of people and that’s true because together with all the other folks, we are 5 Microsoft MVPs. So, I think it is a logical decision to ask a company like ours: “Hey, can you help deliver amazing content”? Of course, we said a huge “Yes” and that’s how I got to this page.

Going back to the event, but this time as a speaker, will be fun for sure, so hope to see you Developers there! I am speaking for SQL Server and some cool T-SQL improvements in the SQL Server 2014 release, so see you there!

Update: I have to say I am pleasantly surprised! I had around 20 people in my session on SQL Server! Not only they were all engaged during the presentation, but they were also quite knowledgable about SQL Server in areas I did not expect. Unfortunately I was not able to talk with any other speaker as I had to go back to the office, but probably will do that next year.

For the attendees – here are my scripts that you all asked for and the slide deck from the presentation is below! Thanks for attending and hope to see you soon!

Hangout #24 Unit Testing in SQL Server

SQLHangout 24 is here and if you are a developer(or if you are a DBA too!) – listen and learn from it! I was joined by Ed Elliott(b|t) and he opened my eyes about what is and why do we need unit testing in SQL Server. Ed shared his experience on integration and unit tests and what is the difference between them and how we should approach the two. You will also learn about how you should handle your unit tests and what you can also do if you are a bit more advanced already in the subject. Last, but not at least, Ed recommended some great resources you can learn from. One of them (and I completely agree) is Simple Talk. The others are tSQLt(unit testing framework) and Microsoft’s recommendations on testing. Check them out and I hope you enjoy the video!

Speaking at SQLSaturday #356, Slovenia

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A lot can be said in this blog post. Trust me. Slovenia and Ljubljana in particular is one of the most amazing places I have seen and to be able to go back for second consecutive year and speak at the SQLSaturday event there is just something that makes me happy, grateful and proud! So to put this sentence into context – I am pleased to share that I was selected to speak at the conference and I cannot wait to give as much as I can to the audience and the community there again. Last year I spoke about Distributed Replay and this year we are switching gears and I will be delivering more or less a development presentation that touches very heavily on transactions and concurrency inside SQL Server.  Can’t wait already! Hope to see as many of you at the event!

Hangout #23 Add-Ins for
Business Intelligence

SQLHangout #23 is here and what an adventure it was to bring this one to you! I am not saying this because it was hard to get Julie Koesmarno(b|t) here(even though that’s not that easy task too, trust me – Julie is a hell of a busy person!), but because of what actually happened after we recorded the video. During the time of the recording there was a major issue(for which I didn’t know about) with the Google’s Hangouts platform – many videos were getting removed for no obvious reason. This one was one of them. Anyway, after a really serious follow-up with the Google Hangouts engineers, they managed to recover it back, so I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed recording it. What you can expect is to hear some cool advices from Julie on how and what tools to use if you want to make your life as BI developer easier(productivity, productivity!). She shared her TOP 3 free BI add-ins + more and there is something for the people who just decided to jump or switch into the BI world. Again – enjoy watching! icon wink Hangout #23 Add Ins for <br>Business Intelligence

My First MVP Summit

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The MVP Summit is The Conference, The Gathering of all Microsoft MVPs, no matter of the technology they have been rewarded for. It’s held once per year and this year is my first one(and yes, I am pumped!). I am happy that I will finally be able to meet all the other MVPs, chat with them and talk about our passion – technology. This year the summit is going to be in Seattle which is also my first trip to the US and I already can’t wait for it! It’s going to be a 14 hour flight, but I know it will be one of the best experiences ever, so who cares about the flight duration! Stay tuned as I will be updating this article soon. First day from the event is November 2nd! Hope Microsoft have prepared something very cool for the “Grand Opening”! Hope to see many of you there!

Update: The MVP Summit is now over and it’s going to be a long 18 (probably even more) trip back to home. However, what an event this was! I am completely blown away by not only how the whole event went as a whole – the logistics and every single small detail involved in it, but more by the content, the involvement and the people. What I mean by that is how much content we got for those 3 days and the fact that almost 100% of it (not kidding) was stuff (let’s call it this way) which is under NDA (some of which is now public after it was announced at the PASS Summit, but some not at all). In addition to that, the feedback, brainstorming and how much discussions we went through – wow! It is really nice to see that Microsoft, the Product Groups and the Product Managers care about our opinion and what we think on specific subject! Both of those combined with the fact that during those 3 days you are able to meet with all of the other MVPs (some of which you may be able to see only on this event during the year), chat with them and exchange ideas is just fantastic!

So after me being at the MVP Summit, I would strongly encourage everyone to get involved in the community work and give, give, give because at the end of the day – it all pays back. It really does and surely it does in many forms, but the MVP Summit is for sure one of them!

Cheers and stay tuned for some really important news coming in the upcoming month… icon smile My First MVP Summit

Speaking at SQLSaturday #359, Istanbul

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I am extremely proud to share with you that I will be one of the speakers at the SQLSaturday event in Turkey on(and now be careful) 6th of December – one day after my birthday! This is one of the events I desperately wanted to be part of last year and here is why! The place, the speakers and from what I heard – the overall event was just amazing last year, so I am really, really happy that this year I will be able to contribute to it. Updates are coming soon…

T-SQL Tuesday #59 – My Hero!

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During my child and teenage years there was only one thing that really interested me (except computers, hardware and that type of geeky stuff) – basketball. We had a team in my home town and we were crushing it! Seriously, we were obsessed with the game! Whenever possible we were either playing or learning. We were either at the gym or at the stadium. And if we weren’t doing any of those two, we were at some place where we were watching NBA Action(during my child years there was such a show), analysing it or watching a recording of some previous episode(yes, remember DVR?). That being said I had “My Hero” and what’s more important – I still have the same person as “My Hero” or let’s call it “My Role Model”. Read More

Webinar for SQLRelay on Policy-Based Management

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SQLRelay is one of the biggest SQL Server conferences in UK. This year I really wanted to speak and be part of the event in London, but unfortunately I was not accepted by the organizers. Not a problem, of course. Next time. I have some other great news though that are related to SQLRelay that I want to share now – on 20th of October I will be delivering a webinar(the first of that kind for SQLRelay) for all of the folks who attended the SQLRelay events(there are such in many cities in UK) and for everyone else who may be interested in participating, of course. I will be talking about Policy-Based Management(something I recorded a course for Pluralsight on), so if you want to learn more about how you can audit and define rules in your environment with just a few clicks and report on them, you can register here and join me on Monday’s evening!

Hope to see you online!

Another month,
Another SQL Course

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This year is going absolutely great! I have visited and spoken at almost 10 countries, delivered courses for both students and organisations and now I am pleased to announce that I am delivering one more course! This time the focus will be on SQL Server Development. 12 people already enrolled and we will fire this up on 18th of October. The course will be a 40-hour fun, but intensive experience in which the students will learn many, many things ranging from how to write simple queries and stored procedures to how to actually optimise code and make it run fast. Really fast.

Can’t wait to see my new group already! However, there’s quite some work to do before that, so wish me good luck for my session at SQLSaturday #311 in Sofia which is this Saturday and stay tuned for 2 SQLHangouts that are coming in the next 10 days!


Update: A few hours the course ended – an update. I had great time with my students! In those 4 weekends we learned a lot (I also learned a ton from them, trust me) – we started from the basics – what are databases and what TSQL actually is and ended somewhere in the concurrency and performance tuning topics. That is quite a journey and I am extremely proud and happy that we went through it successfully! Now, we all have to move on. I hope and I am sure they will all do well and I am starting my recordings for my second course for Pluralsight. More information soon…

Going for
Sofia Marathon 2014

Sofia Marathon 2014 Going for <br>Sofia Marathon 2014This Sunday (12th of October) I will be going for the 20km run at Sofia Marathon 2014! After last year’s amazing experience, there is no doubt in my mind that everyone who enjoys sport and more particularly – enjoys running, should be there! Hope to see many, many friends next Sunday and please, please, please if you enrolled for either the 20km or the 42km discipline, please do a test run first and check if you are indeed able to ruBoris Hristov Sofia Marathon 2014 Going for <br>Sofia Marathon 2014n that distance. I really can’t understand people who think that running those kilometers (and these are a lot, trust me) can be done easily. Never underestimate the preparation for it because otherwise there may be some serious problems with your health. (just decided to mention it this time based on what I saw last year!)

See you there!

Update: Great experience once again! For a second year in a row we were blessed to have fantastic weather and fantastically organized event! I completed the 20km run for 1 hour and 39 minutes which is a really good time for me, so I am really pleased with the results. Definitely looking forward to the marathon next year and in the mean time – I have already registered for some other events.

Speaking at SQLSaturday #311, Sofia, Bulgaria

SQLSaturday 311 Sofia Bulgaria Speaking at SQLSaturday #311, Sofia, BulgariaI am really pleased to share that I will be speaking for 3rd year in a row at our local SQLSaturday event which is organised by Mihail Mateev(b|t). It makes me smile when I think about this event because of one simple reason – every single year it gets the attention of more and more people! This year the conference promises amazing presentations, 5 tracks and rock star speakers, so if you want to chat with other database professionals, learn new things and simply have fun, come on 11th of October at the Infragistics Office in Sofia! My presentation will cover some of the really cool T-SQL improvements that were introduced in SQL Server 2014, but I would strongly recommend you take a look at the schedule and see how much other great stuff you can learn in that day! I will be brining some unique presents with me(just letting you know!), so… hope I will see you soon!

Update: Two days after the event, I am proud to share that the event in Sofia was just incredible! Misho and the guys who helped him organise this whole experience, did a fantastic job and that’s something that could be easily confirmed – just go to the page with the sessions and choose any of the speakers. Go ahead and ask them for feedback. You will see what I mean. Nothing else to say except that I had a really great time and once again – thanks to everyone who attended my session. The slide deck is below and the scripts are here.

ApexSQL Log:
Rollback DMLs and DDLs!

Some time ago, I started helping the guys from ApexSQL at their boot on events like SQLSaturday Oslo and SQLSaturday Paris. They contacted  me because they wanted some assistance with their technical demonstrations on a tool they have developed which is called ApexSQL Log. I thought that would be fun, so I accepted and indeed – it was totally worth it, but not only because of the experience on the boot, but because of the tool itself. Let me tell you a bit more about ApexSQL Log because if there is a tool that you have to know about that was made by those guys, it’s definitely this one!

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T-SQL Tuesday #58 Passwords Require Communication

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In the last 3 years I have been working for HP in their Enterprise Services organisation where we were providing services – support and project work – for huge, huge organisations who decided to outsource that work to HP. Different companies, different ways of handling specific situations and one of them, of course, is what happens when a password change is done for a service account. I don’t plan to talk about what happens when the service account password is not the current one – I believe the whole community is quite aware of the chances for service interruption. I just want to spend a moment(yes, indeed just a moment as I am preparing for SQLSaturday Paris) talking about another aspect of the problem – the communication. Read More

Guest Post by Kris Wenzel: How to Start as a
DB Developer?

I feel really fortunate that I am part of the SQL Server community because there are so many great people you can talk with and who are willing to share their knowledge for free. What you are going to read below is a short interview with Kris Wenzel who shares his advices on how to become a database developer. Kris has quite some experience in this field and definitely has things to share! Enjoy:  Read More

T-SQL Tuesday #57:
SQL Family and SQLHangouts

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I am completely blown away by our community. Period. It makes me feel proud that so many people all around the world have formed such a strong group that help each other 24×7 in as many ways as you can think of! What’s more, I always point out that personally, I am not aware of any other “family” that can even get close to what we as SQL Family do(someone to correct me if I am wrong). That being said some time ago I came up with an idea.  Read More

Career Move.
BULPROS and Freelancing.

BULPROS Career Move. <br>BULPROS and Freelancing.It’s been 3 years since I have been working for HP as a SQL Server DBA and it’s really hard for me to explain what an experience it is to be part of this huge company. It really is! I started my professional DBA career there and I learned tons of things during my stay there. I learned how Fortune 500 companies work, how their IT departments work, what processes need to be followed and most importantly – I have been lucky enough to build and work with some of the most biggest and complex SQL Server solutions in the world! It’s time for change however…  Read More