Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Not a sports fan, but....

I am NOT a sports fan.

I love the World Cup, and all that it brings out that's in the best of people and countries.

That said, other people ARE sports fans. Some of them have made really successful careers out of writing about it.

One of them is an outrageously good sports writer named Sean Lahman, who publishes a baseball statistics database. I've converted it to SQL 2012, and would *really* suggest you do the same.

For one, it's a good exercise in ETL / flat file loading if you don't do that sort of thing on a daily basis. For another, it'll give you all sorts of reasons to hate copy & paste enough to get into ETL - the data itself it pretty big, given that Mr. Lahman has collected stats since the beginning of baseball.

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