Post #125

Rudy Limeback

13th January 2004, early afternoon | Comments (14)

A robot with a man's head on it

My Grandma came over yesterday:

Hey Grandma.
Hello darling, what are you up to?
Ugh, well, I’m stuck. I’m trying to understand adjacent lists, modified pre-order tree traversal and x-depth recursive nested queries, to get this SQL statement to work.
Hmm, have you tried limiting your query loops to a set depth? That’s what your Grandad and I always do. Or a four-way left outer self join might do it, to show the current level, plus 3 levels of the tree?
Well that’s just it, I don’t want to go that route. It’s too limiting.
Yes… tricky. Well, why don’t you give that nice foreign man, Rudy Steinbeck a call, dear. He’s always been very helpful in the past hasn’t he?
It’s ‘Limeback’ Grandma, ‘Steinbeck’ was the Of Mice and Men chap. But good point, old thing, I’ll give Rudy a buzz.

And you know what, she was right. She might not have the first clue about appropriate SQL statements ("a four-way left outer self join" — I ask you!) but she surely knows her database gurus.

Rudy Limeback: The LEFT-JOIN Lothario of Toronto; The Query-Kidd of Canada; The 2003 SitePoint Database Guru of the Year, is my SQL go-to guy. And he could be yours as well.

Rudy’s list of achievements are pretty impressive: one of the founding members of Evolt; Technical Editor at Digital Web magazine; published author; and last year’s SitePoint Database Guru of the Year. He’s a remarkably friendly, talented and affordable fella.

Rudy Limeback has worked with commercial databases since the mid-1970’s, starting with IDMS, a Codasyl network system, and progressing through IBM’s DB2 and Microsoft’s SQL Server relational databases. He has developed data warehouses and transactional databases, always with an emphasis on making them easy to use for developers and end users alike. He specializes in writing SQL statements that are simple and easy to maintain

In 1997 Rudy took a year’s sabbatical from SQL work to prepare for his biggest challenge to date — to become the last man to tightrope walk over Niagara Falls before the practice was outlawed. Unfortunately bad weather and a terrible bout of diarrhoea put paid to this heroic feat, and Rudy, bowed, but not broken, returned to the fold and his place as the industry’s SQL Man Of Choice.

As a contractor, Rudy is always looking for work. So if you have a job, no matter how large or small, get in touch with him. He’s easy to find, easy to work with, easy to pay, and very effective.

His site can be seen at:

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  1. Jon Hicks:

    Cool! I was discussing 'CSS First-child selectors and their use in hiding unsupported properties from IE PC' with my 2 year old daughter only yesterday. She maintains that such selectors are bad hacks - what does _she_ know?!

    Posted 2 hours, 20 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  2. Dunstan:

    Maddening isn't it?
    Some people just shouldn't bother making suggestions.

    I hope you sent her to bed early to think about what she said ;o)

    Posted 2 hours, 33 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jon Hicks
    Inspired: ↓ Jon Hicks
  3. Jon Hicks:

    There was plenty of teasing from her friends at nursery the next day, so I think she's learnt her lesson...

    Posted 2 hours, 35 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  4. Cheah Chu Yeow:

    I know Rudy from SitePoint Forums (he got my vote as DB guru of the Year 2003) and have always been impressed by his SQL knowledge and willingness to help. He's also a respected moderator at DBforums (or last time I checked).

    However, I didn't know about that tightrope walk thing - gasp!

    Posted 2 hours, 45 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  5. Dunstan:

    "However, I didn't know about that tightrope walk thing - gasp!"

    I, er, I might have been exagerating a bit on that. Well, quite a lot in fact. Still, it livens things up a bit. Maybe he really _will_ attempt such a feat now? Who knows?

    Posted 2 hours, 48 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Cheah Chu Yeow
    Inspired: ↓ Cheah Chu Yeow, ↓ Sian
  6. Cheah Chu Yeow:

    Well, erm, he should you know. In fact I'm going to PM him to try something like that right now.

    Anyhow, the link to the SitePoint Database Guru of the Year thread would be better off if it linked to this thread ( instead, IMHO.

    Posted 3 hours, 10 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  7. Stuart:

    My three-year-old thinks that I'm wasting my time trying to find a decent way to work with Subversion on Windows while still using Visual Interdev. I threatened to send her to bed without any supper, but she remains adamant.

    Kids, eh?

    Posted 3 hours, 51 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Sian
  8. [m]:

    I do not talk to pre-pubecent children (none of them seems to live in my social circle) and my grandparents like to talk moneyproblems, 'the foreigner' problem, and any non-interesting subject that springs to their minds.

    Dang, I am not worthy.

    Posted 6 hours, 5 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Sian
  9. Sian:

    Dunstan: Pffffft, if you think that's difficult try setting up a Nokia 3650 default email settings. It's taken me 3 hours and I'll still at it. I will moblog, I will dagnabit.

    Stuart: Visual Interdev, blast from the past for me. I vaguely remember something to do with ASP, VBScript, Connection strings and variables. Hmm. I could have been a programmer you know.

    M: You could always borrow someone elses children to talk to, with their permission of course. Don't want you to get arrested under any false pretenses.

    Posted 9 hours, 53 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan, ↑ Stuart, ↑ [m]
    Inspired: ↓ [m]
  10. Marq:

    Don't forget The Grapes of Wrath, yo.

    Posted 10 hours, 59 minutes after the fact
  11. Anise:

    This is a great site. I stumbled on the site because I am helping the bloggie awards pick winning sites. I am definately putting this on in my top ten. I like your brain. I think we think alike.

    Posted 22 hours, 2 minutes after the fact
  12. [m]:

    Sian: No, that's not what I want. I only want to talk to them, play games and have fun. I swear I never want to touch them... Really.

    Posted 1 day, 2 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Sian
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  13. Dunstan:

    And I think we'll stop that thread of conversation right there! :op

    Posted 1 day, 2 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ [m]
  14. Gary:

    You gotta love that picture. Spaceman rudy ready to shoot down your db problems :-)

    Posted 1 day, 5 hours after the fact

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