T-SQL Tuesday is the SQL Server blogosphere’s first recurring, revolving blog party. The idea is simple: Each month a blog will host the party, and about a week before the second Tuesday of the month a theme will be posted. Any blogger that wishes to participate is invited to write a post on the chosen topic. The event is called “T-SQL Tuesday”, but any post that is related to both SQL Server and the theme is fair game. So feel free to post about SSIS, SSRS, Java integration, or whatever other technologies you’re working with in conjunction with SQL Server. Even if your post includes no T-SQL we still want to see it.
The posts must go live on the second Tuesday of the month, by (or before) 23:59 PST. Each post must link back to the host blog’s post, and the blogger should make sure that a trackback has been generated and successfully posted to the host blog; if not, a comment should be posted on the host blog with a link, so that the host blogger can find the post. The host blogger will then take all of the posts and within a day or two will compile a “roundup”–a brief summary with links–so that readers can find all of the relevant posts.
Why do this? Several reasons: It’s fun, it’s going to generate a lot of interesting content, and it’s going to bring lots of bloggers into the fold and improve our overall community by creating a lot of links between blogs. Any blogger is invited to participate, whether the blog has been live for six days or six years. If you can write, you should join in the fun.
Rules of engagement for hosts: Although anyone can join in the party, hosting has a slightly higher bar: Your blog must have been active in the last six months (“active” is defined as at least one post per month), and you must have participated in T-SQL Tuesday events on at least two prior occasions. Since that’s impossible until we’ve had two events, I’ll host the first two myself. After that it will move around to as many blogs as we can get involved–and I hope that a number of you out there decide to go for it. The host blogger is not required to write a participating post to be included in the roundup, but is free to do so if he or she chooses. Want to host? Contact me through my blog–I’ll keep a waiting list and control it centrally so that it doesn’t devolve into anarchy too quickly.
So that’s that. If you bothered to read the title of this post you’re aware that the topic for this month is Date/Time Tricks. Write a blog post that talks about dates and times–this can be based around T-SQL programming, data modeling, ETL, reporting, or whatever else you’re using dates and times for (and who isn’t?). Make sure that your post goes live on Tuesday, December 8, between 00:00 and 23:59 PST. Make it clear in your post that it’s for T-SQL Tuesday, and make sure it links back here. Finally, make absolutely certain that a comment shows up here so that I can find the post.
Questions? Comments? Post here.
Enjoy! I’m looking forward to the start of a great blog tradition in the SQL Server community.