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Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 4:32 PM


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Evil Kraig F (3/21/2013)
I can't speak for the UK but a single bad reference can kill a contracting career.

There are two problems in the UK: (i) it's extremely dangerous to give anyone a bad reference, whether for a contractor or for someone who was on the staff, because anything nasty you say has to be provable (the law here is sometimes crazy) and (ii) the dead-beats (whether contractors or people wanting permanent jobs) rely on greedy recruitment companies who don't care whether the people they place are capable of doing the job or not.

I'm sorry Tom that you feel consultants are so bad that you would never hire one again.
That's not quite what I said - there are plenty of people I would have taken on as contractors if they were available; if I came across someone who was recommended by some (but perhaps not by others ) of my former colleagues I would certainly talk to them and very possibly take them on on a contract. The main problem is someone you can trust. My problem used to be idiots who thought they could hire people for me basd on their own judgement of qualifications even when they were completely incapable of evaluating those qualifications - and this tended, for I never understood, to happen much more often with contractors than with permanent staff.

Sometimes you just need some code monkey to knock out the SQL for a bunch of reports so your main staff can stay on target with other tasks.
Unfortunately that doesn't work in the UK. A code monkey will not pass the Inland Revenue's test to be considered as a consultant/contractor as opposed to as an employee, and you will end up in trouble if you try it; the "contactor" will be in some trouble too.

However, if your code monkey/gunslinger hasn't produced ANYTHING that you can physically test inside of a month... I'm not entirely sure that it's just the consultant at fault there.
I'm inclined to agree there.


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Anyone got the time to help here. Seems to be going down the route of loops and NOLOCK.




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What to make of this?

May not be what I was thinking. Good.



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Don't you just love when BOL is showing two ways of doing something, but includes subtle errors and inconsistencies?


Seems almost expected with BOL




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looks like Gail took care of it. Wish I had seen it sooner.




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Maybe just found out that their user account belongs to the SysAdmin role?
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What to make of this?

May not be what I was thinking. Good.


"I'm a DBA, it turns out"

How do you suddenly discover that you're a DBA?


It's easy. For the past 30 years I have been a developer/programmer. I've been working in SQL Server for the past 7 years along with my programming duties. The other day someone called me a DBA. Who knew?

I guess I am what some call an "accidental DBA". And, I'm trying to get things right accidentally.
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