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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: August 2010

Upcoming Presentations: #24HOP & #SQLSAT46

Blogging has been a bit quiet of late. That’s because I’ve been spending a lot my spare time getting ready for presentations that I have to give. Two of them are in about two weeks.

First, and this one is going to be a big deal, is 24 Hours of… Read more

0 comments, 229 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 30 August 2010

PASS Elections

There are a lot of things I’d like to say about the PASS elections. I was on vacation last week when the news about the slate of candidates broke. I’ve gone through a lot of emotions thinking about this, which is funny, because, really, what does it matter? But, because… Read more

1 comments, 173 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 23 August 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

I won’t be going to Las Vegas, but I will be presenting to the Las Vegas SQL Server Users Group, S3OLV. The sesssion will be “Introduction to Execution Plans.” Please swing by if you’re in the area.

I’m not sure if they’ll make the LiveMeeting available to the public… Read more

4 comments, 168 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 11 August 2010

24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview

Registration is open for the second 24 Hours of PASS this year. This one is going to be a preview of the Summit itself. So all the sessions are tied, in some manner, to sessions being given at the summit.Here’s a link to go and register.

I’m very excited… Read more

0 comments, 185 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 11 August 2010

A Milestone

I just passed 100,000 views on the blog. That’s from 400 posts over a period of time starting in March of 2008. You guys have posted 1129 comments. The average views per week went from 39 in 2008 to 160 in 2010.

I realize others out there are hitting 100,000… Read more

2 comments, 310 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 1 August 2010