2011 Goal Statement

The purpose of this site is to talk about data mining techniques. I have been working in the Information Technology sector for twenty plus years and want to pass along my experience to younger IT professionals.

In the next six months, I will be talking about the following topics with plenty of sample code to start your own applications.

  1. VBScript began as part of the Microsoft Windows Script Technologies, launched in 1996. It is widely used among system administrators in the Microsoft environment. Every Microsoft Operating system has the cscript and wscript executables installed. Just open notepad and start programming.
  2. Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language to make report processing easier. There is a huge user base of the open source language with modules for almost anything you want to do. Perl is nicknamed “the Swiss Army chainsaw of programming languages” due to its flexibility and power. If you need to create cross platform scripts, Perl is the language of choice.
  3. FOCUS is regarded as a fourth-generation programming language (4GL) originally developed for data handling and analysis on the IBM mainframe.  It is extremely flexibile ETL (Extract Translate Load) language as well as ad hoc end-user report generator. Modern incarnations of the language are the IBI Data Migrator Product (ETL) production and the IBI Web Focus Product (Reporting). If you work with Mainframe datasets, FOCUS is a very handy language to know.
  4. SQL Server 2008 R2 is the lastest release of Microsofts database stack of tools which includes: TSQL – the core database language, SSIS – the ETL tool to import/export data, SSRS – the reporting tool, and SSAS – the analytical tool to build cubes. There is just way to much information to be an expert on every aspect of SQL Server; However, I am going to break my talks down into knowledge for Administrators versus developers.

I hope you like my articles. Any comments you have will improve the content of this blog for future readers.

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