Hello, World!

This is my first attempt to start a blog.  Over the past few years, two areas I’m quite passionate about are, first, SQL Server and all of its power, and second, baking and cooking.  My goal is to somehow bring the two together in a cohesive site.  Having recently relocated to Minneapolis, MN, I have a bit of a new lease on life and want to share my experiences with those who share these passions.  Like everyone else on this planet, I’m not perfect, and my posts will be far from it.  Hopefully, posts will be polished, to some degree, but they will reflect my experiences and research, which are open friendly criticism and banter.

A bit about myself – 2006 was the year I officially moved into the SQL Server universe, having dabbled with it for a few years prior.  Until Microsoft kills SQL Server, hopefully never, I see myself as a huge fan of the platform for the foreseeable future.  As of this post, my most recent certifications are:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) – Data Management and Analytics – 2018
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate – SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development

In showing my age, but maybe not my early skills, my first two certifications were completed in 2004

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Windows Server 2000
  • Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) for SQL Server 2000 (completed in 2004)

My experience in baking is not nearly as refined or as long-standing as my database skills.  Bread is an area of particular interest, in a stop-and-start fashion over the past 5 years or so.  Much of what I’ll post here are discoveries from time in the kitchen, including specific topics and recipes I’m tweaking.

Reflecting on this post, this site name, SQL Baker, seems even more appropriate than I initially thought, as both sides will have the same feel; reflections and discoveries.

GO   (SQL syntax to mark the end of a batch)

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