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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).

Vote for Mr. LaRock


It is rapidly coming up on election time at the Professional Association of SQL Server users (PASS). Once more, a person I respect and admire is running for office. Tom LaRock has been a volunteer with the organization longer than I have (I’m approaching four years) and for the entire time I’ve been involved he’s been in the thick of things, working for the organization and working with the other volunteers. He does great work. He’s presented at the Summit, three times I think, and he’s presenting again this year. He’s one of the people chiefly responsible for the new Virtual Chapters. He’s been serving on the Board as an appointee. I think it’s finally time to make it official and elect this great guy to the board. He’ll do a good job, as he has done, and he’ll be able to do more because, rather than worrying about running for office, again, he can strap in & work hard for two years if he gets elected.

Tom’s going to be hosting live chats where he’s going to answer your questions about his plans for his time on the board. If you have any doubts that he’s the right guy (and he is) or you don’t know Tom, get on over there and listen to what he has to say.

To see the other candidates (not a slouch in the bunch, but I’m backing Tom), go on over to the campaign space and see what they have to say for themselves.

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