My 2013 in review

2013 was quite a busy year. At the start of the year I had a great opportunity to work with guys from Microsoft Consulting Services, Trask Solutions and internal employees from Česká Spořitelna (member of Erste Group) on a project replacing ForeFront Identity Manager front end with custom developed C# MVC web application. Thanks to everyone on the team we were able to deliver reliable solution which is widely used by bank employees.

In May I visited country of Beatles, Harry Potter, Mr. Bean, Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, Amy Macdonald, Shakespear, … yeah Great Britain … for the first time. London exceeded my highest expectation and I immediately fell in love with it.

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Panorama, Canary Wharf

Panorama, Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

I started programming in C#. So far I did a custom XML parser with SQL database as a data destination. I am expecting to do some Web Forms and MVC projects in 2014.

I passed my first transition exam from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012. In the first half of the next year I am taking second transition exam. Then I will become MCSA :).

Windows Server 2012 R2 was released. I was lucky enough to implement new Server with SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group in local Czech branch of Mercedes Benz. By this project I gained new experiences with SANs and Vmware virtualization platform.

In November I decided to become active member of Czech Windows User Group with evening session on SQL Server. In my session I will cover topics from architecture and hardware decision, hardware scaling and benchmarking to instance monitoring SQL instance settings and myth busting. My session will most probably be in March 2014.

Company I work for is out of projects so I will do some freelance jobs in January. I hope I will find a full time position by January or February.

Year 2014 is ahead of us. I am really looking forward to it. New SQL Server 2014 will be released. I am most thrilled about updateable columnstore index, buffer pool extension and of course Hekaton.

7 hours to midnight I think I will be going … burgers are waiting.



Happy New Year!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


About Jiří Hubáček

Experienced consultant and blogger for Microsoft SQL Server and related products. Likes cats, workouts and delicious food. Enjoys sailing, traveling, time spent with wife and friends.
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