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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).

3 Weeks to the PASS Summit


The PASS Summit is only three weeks away and I’m getting awfully excited. It’s not too late to register. Heck, you can register at the door, but you’ll pay full price. If you want to save a little, use this registration code, FRP3D, and tell them you know me. They’ll hook you up & you’ll save $200. 

If you’re involved with designing, building, developing, developing against, supporting or maintaining SQL Server databases or manage any of those who do any of the above, this is where you should be for the first week of November. You’re going to get great information from presentations by top experts within the SQL Server community. Speaking of community, this is one to take part in. You’re going to be able to network, talk to, confer, converse and otherwise hob-nob with your fellow DBA’s, Developers, and Database Developers. Don’t quite feel comfortable networking. There’s an answer for that at PASS too. A pre-conference session is being held on Monday evening just on better networking and communication.

For those who won’t, or can’t, attend the Summit, I’ll post a daily summary here on the blog. If you’re on Twitter, keep an eye out for #sqlpass tweets from me and others. Last year we put quite a load on Twitter. This year, we might just bring it down. It’s worth monitoring even if you’re at the summit. If nothing else you’ll know which parties people are attending.

Three weeks… I can’t wait. If you see me, be sure to say hello. I’m presenting twice on Tuesday (Execution Plan Best Practices, DMV’s as a Shortcut to Procedure Tuning). On Wednesday, I’ll be one of the guys wearing a kilt. On Thursday I’ll be one of the guys curled up against a wall (you’ll see, it’s tiring). This year will be great.

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