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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).

SQL Server Standard Update


We’ve received wonderful support from the community. Brad McGehee has a list with great people on it who have volunteered to be technical editors. A bunch of people have inquired about writing for the reincarnation of SQL Server Standard (SSS). I’ve accepted, to date, eight different abstracts. I’ve started learning what it means to be an editor. I’ve gone through first drafts on four articles from some great people. They’re smart and you’re going to love the information they’re putting together for you.

But, we need more. A lot more. Please look over the requirements and if you meet them, consider sending us an abstract (send it to grant.fritchey -at- sqlpass dot org).

A few suggestions to help you out.

  • Right now, we’re looking for technical articles. But that doesn’t mean I only want SQL Server articles. We want .NET, XML, CLR, SMO, PowerShell… anything that’s technical and related to manipulating data, databases, or database servers. PASS is for developers every bit as much as it’s for DBA’s.
  • Write about something that you have a passion for. Yes, a good article on the precise behavior of indexes during a page split could be interesting & useful, but you’re only going to be able to make it as interesting as you are interested in the topic. You need to get excited about what you’re going to write.
  • Fill out your PassPort entry before you send me the abstract. I can’t accept it, no matter how magnificent it might be, until you do.
  • Have fun. Bring out your voice. Make the article sing. Include a funny story about the time you dropped a production database as part of your article on backups. Not every technical piece needs to be completely dry. A little bit of humor (even a very little) goes a long way. But you don’t need to be funny, just write in an interesting fashion.

Those are just a few ideas. You don’t need to apply any of them (well, except for the PassPort entry, that you have to do).

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