Last week I attended SQLBits 2016 in Liverpool. I had such a great time, and I would like to share it with you. I arrived on Tuesday evening, so I had enough time to prepare for my session and get some rest. On Wednesday I presented a precon with the… Read more
Suppose you have a partition function and a corresponding partition scheme in SQL Server. The partition scheme maps each partition to a filegroup. It also indicates the next used filegroup if one was specified. Sometimes it is useful to know which partition maps to which filegroup as well as which… Read more
Yesterday I presented my favorite session “How to Use Parameters Like a Pro and Boost Performance” in the DBA Fundamentals PASS Virtual Chapter. I love this session, because it’s based on my experience with so many clients in so many cases. I see the same mistakes that developers do… Read more
Last Thursday I presented my session “From XML to JSON” in the Application Development PASS Virtual Chapter. The session is about XML and JSON, two widely used markup languages, shared by many applications and data platforms. XML has been natively supported in SQL Server since 2005, and JSON is… Read more
So you’ve been working as a DBA or a BI developer for several years now. You know your stuff very well, and you consider yourself an expert in your field. And now there is this trend called “Big Data” that everyone seems to talk about. You’ve heard this term many… Read more
Few days ago (28/12) I delivered a full-day seminar about Hadoop Fundamentals. It was part of the Expert Days 2015 event, which is running the whole week. The venue was… how should I put it? It was different… We spent the whole day in a VIP cinema hall, which was… Read more
One of our customers has recently asked me the following question (I changed just the business case):
“I have a “MemberSessions” table, which stores web sessions made by members. The table contains the “MemberId” column, as well as other columns that describe the session, such as “LoginDateTime”. I… Read more
Have you heard about Hadoop, but never really understood what it’s all about?
Do you need to learn about Hadoop, either for your current job or for getting a new job?
If you are new to Hadoop, and you want to have a solid understanding of this framework, then this… Read more
Today we had a full-day event in Microsoft about the data offerings and possibilities in the Microsoft cloud platform – Azure. We invited our customers as well as many other companies. 22 people attended the event, and it was very successful.
First, we presented our team and our solutions. We… Read more
This was a really great week!
So many sessions by great speakers, lots of community events, parties and fun. I met a lot of people, some are old friends and some are new friends that I hope to keep in touch with. I also learned a lot. My personal interest… Read more
I’m going to present my session about working with parameters in PASS Summit on Thursday at 03:15pm. The title of the session is “How to Use Parameters Like a Pro and Boost Performance”. I love this session. I cover a lot of important tips, which in many cases can turn… Read more
Yes, it’s this time of the year again, and I’m very excited about it. Once a year, PASS holds the largest and coolest event in the world for SQL Server and BI professionals. More than 5,000 people from more than 2,000 companies and more than 50 countries are attending the… Read more
I love running. I wake up at 5am three times a week, run for an hour, and by 6:30am I’m ready to start the day. When I run, sometimes I listen to music, and sometimes I listen to TED Radio Hour. It’s a podcast based on TED talks. I… Read more
Today we celebrated the last session of one of our Become a SQL Server DBA classes. This course takes people without any relevant experience, but with great skills and a lot of potential, and teaches them everything they need to know in order to become excellent SQL Server DBAs and… Read more
It’s this time of the year again, when PASS announces the speakers in the biggest SQL Server event in the world – PASS Summit. Like many others, I submitted my abstracts a few months ago and waited with anticipation for the results.
And I’m so proud and excited to say… Read more
On May 18 I presented a session about Extended Events as part of the Global Hebrew PASS Virtual Chapter. I explained what Extended Events is and why I think every DBA should use it. I showed several demonstrations of monitoring and troubleshooting use cases using Extended Events.
Although Microsoft announced… Read more
Visual Studio is a great tool for developers, and it offers so many great features, such as IntelliSense, unit testing and code analysis. One of the great and very useful features is debugging. It is possible to debug managed code and do things like adding breakpoints, stepping into modules and… Read more
Two weeks ago I attended SQLBits in London. This is probably the biggest SQL Server conference in Europe, and this time there were around 1,700 attendees in a special edition of SQLBits – the Superheroes edition.
Between the various sessions and the exhibition hall, I met a lot of people… Read more
Last week I attended SQLRally Nordic 2015 in Copenhagen. SQLRally is a regional conference organized by PASS, kind of a mini PASS Summit, if you like. The event last week was 3 days long, and it was the biggest ever – close to 600 people.
I had a great… Read more
One of the most common tasks that DBAs are required to perform is monitoring. This is not just a task. Monitoring is a strategy, and a good DBA should have a well-defined plan for carrying out this strategy. But I’m not here to talk about monitoring as a whole. I… Read more