Coding…

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I love my job.  I love creating queries, digging into a pile of data and making sense out of it.  I was born to be a Data Analyst and it shows in all aspects of my life – from my personal mileage/gas tracking database to my license plate that simply states Data Grl, you pretty much know the first love of my life.

This can be both a blessing and a curse.  I take my job very seriously.  I take my skill set very seriously.  I have a tendency to take too long before I can bring myself to ask for help and I have a tendency to be more than slightly irrated whenever I work with a Data Analyst/Report Write who doesn’t seem to care about Data as much as I do.

I’m working on building a new report that expands an older reporter. I’m looking through the code of left joins and unnecessary joins and poorly written SQL and I wonder, How could anyone write this and call themselves a Data Analyst?  This is a hack job.

Am I alone? Anyone else have difficulties working with other people’s code?  I’d really love to know if I am completely alone in this or are there others?

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Stack Overflow

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Do you program? Are you constantly trying to push yourself in SQL Server to go where you haven’t gone before? Do you like brownies?  If you answered yes to the first two questions, then I have a website for you. The third question is because it’s close to lunchtime and I’m hungry.
Stack Overflow has become my online help for quite a while. I start there and about 90% of the time, I don’t look anywhere else. The answers range from long winded to very concise, but they are very nearly always right. I’ve ended up asking a couple of questions recently and I was surprised at how quickly they were answered. I have been delving into SQL Pivoting and having a heck of a time with it. Thanks to Stack Overflow, I’ve found quite a few answers.
I haven’t used the site for anything but SQL questions, so I can’t speak for its reliance there, but when I start with C#, my first stop will be at Stack Overflow.
Happy Programming!

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