SQL University –We Could Be Heroines…. Not Just For One Day

Hi All, Julie here.  Welcome to day 2 of Women In Technology week here at SQL University.  Thanks to Jorge for sponsoring this topic again.  Jes Borland (Blog: Twitter) has gotten us off to a great start.  Tomorrow will be my blogging partner Audrey Hammonds (Blog | Twitter).  Thursday’s Professor will be Jen McCown (Blog | Twitter) and Friday’s will be Wendy Pastrick (Blog | Twitter).

It has proven to be a hard writing task for me.  On the one hand, there does still seem to be a problem with a lack of women going into I.T.   I have listened to women tell me some pretty horrific stories of workplace malfeisance, and in addition to other factors which may have caused the mistreatment, gender did seem to play a role.   And when you miss an opportunity or get squeezed out of an environment you want to be a part of, that sucks.  It hurts financially.  It wounds.

But on the other hand, in my experience, the trials and tribulations I have encountered as a result of being a female in I.T. have been entirely surmountable and minor.  This may not have been the case for me a generation ago.  For that I count my blessings.  And my saying that does not for a minute mean that my attitude is “oh you girls, stop complaining” or “I don’t believe you”.  But my point is that I do not approach the gender gaps in technology with feminist rage, nor do most of my female coworkers.   Really the most common attitude I encounter from people around this issue is bewilderment.  We can’t understand why more women don’t want to go into a field which we find very rewarding.  So for now, I am simply interested in getting the word out that careers in I.T. are great.  I love my job and I want to help and encourage anyone (male or female) else who may be interested in this field to pursue it to the best of his/her ability.   I want people to know one of my favorite things about I.T., which is that it is still largely a meritocracy, where ability  and hard work will get you very far. Continue reading SQL University –We Could Be Heroines…. Not Just For One Day

Finally, a PowerShell script I can get excited about!

Aaron Nelson (Blog | Twitter) and I have a little game we like to play where we drink beer and talk smack about each other’s favorite platform. I’m (mostly) an SSIS developer.  He’s a (SQL Server) PowerShell guy.  He’s always calling SSIS bloated and inferior, while my position is that PowerShell, while handy for many things, is just not suited for ETL work beyond straight-copy-data-pushes.

But today I found a PowerShell feature that I and all of my hard core ETL developer compadres can really get behind:  the ability to script the creation of an Environment Variable.

Continue reading Finally, a PowerShell script I can get excited about!