What's your new year's resolution?

EDIT 2012-01-05

I can't really tick off any of my resolutions from last year:

  • I don't really speak FOR XML that fluently, though I might have used the clause more often in 2011 than in 2010.
  • I finished three out of five distance courses at Uni. Two left project reports left to be written. It's not really a goal to finish them anymore, but I might go back to them just to boost my ego with some university credits.
  • The blog... No, it hasn't been updated very often...
  • I did run a few kilometers in 2011. But it wasn't enough to finish the only race I started :(

But I did change jobs, after 10,5 years in the same place. I'm now working full time as database developer/database architect instead of sharing my time between project management, VB.Net and databases.


(This might be slightly off topic...)

As I probably won't be in tomorrow, I'd like to wish everyone a safe ending of 2010, and a happy, brand new year 2011.

I found this lovely site in June 2010 and have since then been visiting more or less every day. I learn new things almost every day, both from reading other's answers but also from being challenged by the questions to explore SQL Server.

Thanks everyone who asks and answers questions!

My New Year's resolution is to speak FOR XML more fluent when 2011 has ended. What's yours?


Adding to the above, I'll add some more specific things I'd like to accomplish during 2011.

  • Finish the five SQL-courses I have started at Stockholm University. The courses are online, and I'll finish them parallell to my normal work. I got the first course approved - Database administration for SQL Servers - with the grade A. The other four are Report handling for SQL Server, XML in relational databases (thus the Speak FOR XML fluent resolution), Design and optimisation of SQL for relational databases (this course is finished, I'm waiting for approval of the final project) and Optimization for better performance in SQL Server. These courses will bring me one step closer to the academic degree I didn't finish.
  • Regular updates of blog. I have written a few articles on my blog SQL Server på Svenska (SQL Server in Swedish) and I will try to find the time to write more.
  • RUN! I ran two marathons during 2009. 2010 has been a year almost without running, due to a sore muscle. I'm aiming at finishing Lidingöloppet, a 30km race, in September, so I better start running soon. This goal also requires substantial weightloss...
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asked Dec 30, 2010 at 01:31 AM in Site discussion (meta-askssc)

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Everyone should update their answers to see how (or if) any goals were meet...
Jan 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM Shawn_Melton
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Mine is to get MCITP Certification in Denali, then need to learn Storage Management and Administration, need to get more involved in ASKSSC.
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 01:53 AM

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Mine are (in no particular order):

  • get 2008 Admin MCITP
  • Read more books
  • Do more writing for my blog.
  • Oh, and try to understand more about how some of the quite spectacular answers here actually work
Basically, lots of stuff that requires me to spend time honing my craft, which is probably a good thing.
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 02:26 AM

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Add in a goal for the year - crack 10k rep here!
Dec 30, 2010 at 02:26 AM ThomasRushton ♦
Heh. I think I can just roll all these over from last year to this year.
Jan 03, 2012 at 08:04 AM ThomasRushton ♦
And again... Except for the 10k rep bit.. :-)
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spend time with family, take them to vacation. send a lot with kids. " what i feel is gaining perfection and knowledge is our daily job. but this year i spent a lot on monitoring server not my kids. this year i will do it. got approved to use sql monitor and monitoring tool"

sorry if wrong
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 03:12 AM

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I actually can't say what mine is yet. It'll become apparent within the next week or so.
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 04:49 AM

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What a cliffhanger :)
Dec 30, 2010 at 04:51 AM Magnus Ahlkvist
You tease...
Dec 31, 2010 at 01:19 AM ThomasRushton ♦
Are you joining the crowd of company hoppers, or have you made the grade in being a certified master?
Jan 03, 2011 at 12:35 PM WilliamD
Now I now it - you're taking over Bob Muglia's spot at MS. A ScaryDBA running the Servers and Tools side of MS - bring it on!
Jan 14, 2011 at 12:03 AM WilliamD
Congratulations to us all on your new job!
Jan 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM Magnus Ahlkvist
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I intend to lose some of this weight I've gained over the last year.

But on a more tech oriented side, I hope to write more than I have been. I do much of my best research and learning when it is tied up in writing, and I find that forcing myself to explain something, even if only to my text editor, helps to ensure that I actually understood it.
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answered Dec 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM

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That's a good one (writing) - and one that others will also benefit from.

Loosing weight is something I tell myself to do every newyear. And to be honest most mornings when I hit the shower...
Dec 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM Magnus Ahlkvist
+1 for weight loss. I would have put that in, but I was concentrating on work stuff!
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Yeah, I think Magnus was going for the tech side too, but neither my wife, nor my scale, nor the fact I recently had to buy larger pants is letting me forget that I gained a lot of weight since I started grad school and I really need to lose at least some of it.
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