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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 Team-Based Development

The new book is available in a free download from Red Gate. I had a lot of fun working on the three chapters that I did for this book. The topics I received are near & dear to me because of all the time I’ve spent working on getting databases into source control and automating (as much as possible) the deployment of databases out of source control. Everything I go over in the book might not be 100% applicable to your situation, but I’m pretty sure almost anyone involved in database development and deployment can find some useful information there. For those who are interested, I don’t just cover Red Gate tools in the book either. There’s quite a bit of time spent describing how to automate deployments using Visual Studio Team System 2010. I also go through ways you can collect and manage code snippets (the best being to use SQL Prompt, but there are others).

I’ve been reading the rest of the book and it’s filled with excellent information too. Yeah, you may already have a naming standard or you might already feel that you’ve got your schema well in hand and you might not see the utility of testing databases. But, read through this book and I’ll bet you pick up one or two things in almost every chapter. The guys who worked on this, Phil Factor (blog|twitter), Alex Kuznetsov (blog) and Mladen Prajdic (blog|twitter), are extremely smart and very informed on all the topics they tackled. There really is something in this book for everyone… unless you’re that guy that is sitting all alone and does everything for the company. Most of the rest of us work on teams, even if the teams are small. Small or large, that’s who this book is written for.

If you want to move your database development game up another notch, I strongly recommend taking a look

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