One of the projects that I have been working on is migrating an old SQL Server to SQL Server 2014. When I say old I'm talking SQL Server 2000. Does anyone remember DTS packages? Yeah, we got 'em here. Part of the conversion is to use SSIS to do the data transformations that the DTS packages did.

 It seems that lately I've been doing more database work. I'm not a database guru in any sense but the need for data requires me to dive right in. At times it can be interesting especially when using services like SSIS. The request was pretty simple.

 System tables or also known as the system catalog, contain information about all the objects, data types, constraints, configuration options, and resources available to SQL Server. Each database has a system catalog and the structure of the database is defined by this catalog.

I had the opportunity to attend the Microsoft Azure Tour at the Philadelphia Convention Center on October 13th. This technical training event was geared to the developer and IT professional. They had several sessions throughout the day covering various aspects of the Azure platform.

The Visual Studio development environment is rich with tools and features that allow a developer to create applications quickly. One of these features is Web.config Transformation which was shown to me by fellow developer, Jason Rivera.

It's funny how you are working on finding a solution to a problem and you end up finding something interesting that distracts you from your original problem.

This is one of those errors that can really frustrate you. The error looks something like this:

I don't know if anyone else had this problem before when sending HTML email. The characters would come out &#039 for a quote symbol and HTML Tags would have similar issues. The site sits on an IIS server, and the modules being used are Mail System, Mime Mail, and SMTP Authentication support.

I've never been one to shy away from testing my limits.  As I get older, I find myself pushing myself personally, physically and professionally more than I have in the past. I think part of it comes from wanting to show my kids by example and it seems like it has rubbed off on them.

When an author creates a post and a reader makes a comment on it, common courtesy is to respond to the comment. Aside from checking your post frequently, the only way you would know if a comment was created is to be notified in some way. In Drupal there are a couple of ways to achieve this.