Archives: March 2011
Locking should be simple, right? You need to access a row or table and you get a lock. Oh yeah, blocking is bad.
It’s not that simple, and I find this is an area that many people do not understand that well. Joe does a nice job of presenting this… Read more
I am excited that I get to speak at SQL Saturday #68 on April 9. If you live close to Olympia, WA please stop by and visit and join Women in Technology conversation and other SQL topic sessions. There are many great topics to learn and expand beyond your horizon. Read more
Do you ever find yourself working on different scripts at once? Maybe you are working on something that tests certain functionality in SQL Server, you have some presentation scripts you are working on, and possibly three or four scripts related to a project at work. I find myself in a… Read more
Yesterday, I went in for my re-take of the MCM written exam. If you recall, I failed the exam last time. I did a great job of failing, in fact, and only received a 522 on the exam. I didn’t share my score previously because it was a bit… Read more
- Grant Fritchey (Blog | @GFritchey) – Summary
- Jes Schultz Borland (Blog|@grrl_geek) – Summary
- Kelly Martinez (Blog |…
This topic actually came up at SQL Saturday #70 - Columbia, SC. I spent the first 15 years of my life as a U.S. Marine dependent. Two years later I reported to The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. I spent four years there and then served four… Read more
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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 29 March 2011
This is the most important and essential first step for a DBA on the journey to providing outstanding customer service. Make sure you too are headed in the right direction.
You’re reading Think Like a Customer, day 2 of 5 Days to Outstanding DBA Customer Service. What prompted this…
The below information has been taken from SSWUG.org.
Oracle Drops the Bomb
Since the purchase of Sun and it’s holdings by Oracle corporation there has been much speculation regarding the leverage Oracle now owns in the Server and RDBMS worlds. An March 23rd Oracle has begun flexing that muscle, announcing… Read more
We do a lot of things. It’s difficult to explain all the things we do to people. So I made you a handy chart! Also available in PDF format!
For your convenience, here are the associated links:
Just… Wow. What an event. What a great group of people. I’m just so lucky to be involved with fantastic individuals like these. Thanks for having me out to play everyone, I really appreciated it.
A bit of a crazy day for me, starting off a crazy week. I leave this afternoon for SQL Server Connections in Orlando, where it’s in the 80F with some rain. It was about 60F yesterday and sunny in Denver, a beautiful t-shirt… Read more
I just ran into something that I hadn’t noticed in SQL Server. It struck me as somewhat interesting but is really not too big of a deal.
While demonstrating that the XML plan can be generated when you dump data into a temp table, I happened onto this little ditty.… Read more
It’s been a long time since grade school math, and for some the details have become kinda fuzzy. I’m no [insert name of famous math genius here], but I’ve been able to explain some basic things over the years. A common SQL Math Misunderstanding came up again recently with a… Read more
Red Gate Software is announcing SQL in the City today, a series of events that will bring a free day of training to a few locations later this year. The events will be free and features specific Red Gate products and solutions to the common problems and situations that many… Read more
Cross-posted from the Goal Keeping DBA blog:
In the September 2010 issue of Toastmaster magazine there’s a great article by Chris Witt (blog) entitled Not All Ideas Are Created Equal. Here is the gist of what it has to say with my own take on the points… Read more
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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 28 March 2011
Your success as a Data Professional is directly dependant to the quality of service you provide your customers. Are you confident you’re doing enough?
Here’s What Not to Do
Recently I had what I can only describe politely as a very poor customer experience.… Read more
I look after several clustered instances of SQL SERVER. One of the tasks that I do every morning is to check if any of those instances have failed over to a new node. I would prefer to have this monitored automatically, and that’s what this post is about –… Read more
This article is the first in a three-part series
On the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) forum for Reporting Services and other online discussion resources, I see many report developers asking how to building analytical reports using relational data sources. Some of the most fundamental capabilities often require complex and convoluted…