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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

24 Hours of PASS


I’m fairly certain Jack Bauer isn’t involved with this new initiative from PASS. Just as I’m also certain I won’t be the only person to invoke 24 while referring to 24 Hours of PASS. But even without Jack Bauer, I’m on the edge of my seat. 24 different sessions by top names in the industry from all around the world. I wonder if I can do this without sleep? Probably not. I’ll still being trying to attend as many of these as I can work in. I’m really looking forward to it.  People you want to hear are going to be there. Jessica Moss is going to talk about Reporting Services. Adam Machanic is going to introduce CLR. Gail Shaw will be presenting (at something like 2:oh my flipping god am, so I might miss that one) on effective indexing. There are many others. These are really not to be missed and it’s a free opportunity to not only gather the information, but take part in the Q&A session afterwards. You wanted a chance to ask Kalen Delaney about simple recovery? Here you go. You had questions for Allen White about PowerShell (the gods know I do)? This is an opportunity (assuming I don’t hog the time). So follow the link and figure out which sessions you’re willing to lose a little sleep over and which ones you attend during lunch and get some free learning time in and expand your skill set.

Oh, and I’ll presenting on the 2nd on Query Tuning 101, an introduction on how to find and fix the poor performing queries in your system. Please swing by.

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