Category Archives: Melody Zacharias

My Journey to Becoming a PASS Summit Speaker

I have gone through the better part of my life eschewing any and all public speaking. I didn’t like it, and, to be honest, it terrified me. Then I came to a crossroads in my life where, in order to achieve what I wanted, I was going to have to start doing some public speaking. […]

Lifelong Learning

Microsoft in the News: Back in 2014, Microsoft purchased Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On January 19, 2016, they introduced us to Minecraft: Education Edition. Microsoft took a game enjoyed by millions of kids and turned it into a learning experience.  It is still the same fun world that attracted so many people to it in […]

Hour of Code 2016

Microsoft in the News With Christmas fast approaching many of you are starting to fret over what to get people for Christmas. For this reason, I decided to bring some of you up to speed on a neat little shopping assistant that plugs into Microsoft Edge. The Microsoft Personal Shopping Assistant makes your on-line shopping […]

SQL Server – A historic release available now

One of the most exciting things about being an technology professional is the constant change. Some people dislike change; some avoid it and none more so than large corporations. As a small business owner and technology professional, embracing change is the cornerstone to my business and what excites me about  going to work everyday. It […]

A new definition for consultant

At a client site this week I was asked, “Who are you?” This was in the context of who is your company and what do you do? I am always prepared for this question. I have my 3 min “elevator pitch” that I give to people I meet at conferences (sometimes even in elevators), and […]

Achievement unlocked “Speaker”

My first time speaking was a lightening talk. I was unprepared, and nervous; it was a huge failure. I gave it up for good. Two years go by and I am at Pass Summit 2014. John Morehouse and I are talking about user groups and group leaders. We talked about passion for the community and […]

Summit next week! What is your plan?

The countdown is on to SQLPASS Summit 2014, the SQL Server event of the year. If you are like me then you have been resting, and planning for quite some time. For us introverts, this mega event takes all our energy and requires months of cajoling and rest for us to make our best impressions […]

Regular Expressions: How did I live without you?

Recently, I started a new position where I am writing much more SQL code than I ever have before. In the past when I had a large amount of repetitive scripting to do I would use Excel to copy, concatenate and more.  I did not have extensive knowledge but could get the job done easily […]