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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).

Archives: February 2010

Help with Learning Powershell

If you’re not reading Buck Woody’s blog, why not? Today he posted a helpful hint for getting performance counters directly out of PowerShell v2. I’ll add a little bit to the hint, don’t try running this on your XP boxes. It doesn’t hurt anything, but you get a helpful… Read more

0 comments, 1,368 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 26 February 2010

So You Want to Write a Book?

What the heck is wrong with you?

Still interested? Fine. I’ll tell you my take on this whole business. I’m only an expert on this if you take the adage that the expert is the guy that’s a page head of you in reading a book. To date I have… Read more

2 comments, 687 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 19 February 2010

Buck Woody on Code Writing Code

I realize I’m prejudiced, being one of those evil DBA’s & all, but I can’t help but agree with him. It’s a short post, but worth the read.

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2 comments, 772 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 16 February 2010

nHibernate Database, First Look

I’m getting my first look at a full-fledged nHibernate database developed by consultants for our company. I thought I’d share my initial impressions. I’ll be capturing trace events from the database over the next couple of weeks, so I’ll be following up on the behavior of nHibernate within this database… Read more

0 comments, 1,271 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 February 2010

SQL Saturday #34 Wrap-up


It’s over. New England Data Camp v2, aka, SQL Saturday #34, was completed on Saturday. Going in we had maxed out our online registrations at 500, an accomplishment by itself. During registration on the day of the event, we  shut down registration and just started waving people through the…

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5 comments, 573 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 1 February 2010