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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: December 2010

PASS Summit 2010 Survey Results

As I have done in previous years, I’m going to post the results from my sessions at the PASS Summit. Feedback is a gift. I received a great many gifts this year and I’m extremely happy about all of them.

There are a set of questions with ratings, the… Read more

2 comments, 323 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 23 December 2010

The iPad/SQL Monitor Results

I ended up with 131 posts (1 late hit, sorry), not counting any duplicates with Brent or Steve. It was clear that people really took this thing seriously and put thought and effort into the posts. I wish I had about 60 iPad’s to give away instead of only 10.… Read more

1 comments, 402 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 20 December 2010

The iPad, So Far

In the front yard, using the iPad & SQL Monitor

After a great deal of unseemly begging, I managed to acquire an iPad. My intentions were to make it into a internet browser, email reader, blogging, and light writing machine. Additionally, I knew there’d be some time suck from games… Read more

0 comments, 453 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 December 2010

Life/Work Balance

Technology, especially information technology, is the greatest thing to ever happen to mankind, freeing us from toil and drudgery. Technology, especially information technology, is a pernicious evil taking over our lives forcing us to work harder and longer. Depending on the time of day, the day of the week, my… Read more

2 comments, 381 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 13 December 2010

12 Days of SQL, On the 2nd Day of SQL…

Microsoft gave to me, an excellent new management language. Yeah, so it doesn’t rhyme or match the song in any way, but as far as gifts of the season go, PowerShell is it. There are a couple of problems with PowerShell, first, it’s not installed everywhere, and second, DBAs just… Read more

2 comments, 332 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 10 December 2010

SQL Saturday New England, #71

I’ve finally got everything together to get the web site going for SQL Saturday #71. The call for speakers is open. We’re open for registrations. I’ll be contacting sponsors shortly (or you can always contact me). In short, SQL Saturday #71, New England Data Camp #3, is a go! Read more

0 comments, 249 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 9 December 2010

So you want to write a book

I had posted a while back on the process of book writing. It was an attempt to educate while scaring you half to death. Writing a book is extremely hard work, especially when you try to do it while holding down a full-time job and maintaining something resembling a… Read more

2 comments, 273 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 8 December 2010

Review: Idera SQL Doctor

Recently, a co-worker practically slammed me up against the wall, exclaiming “You have to check out this new tool, right now!” The piece of software he was so excited about was Idera’s SQL Doctor. Based on this assaultrecommendation, I decided to take a little time & look the… Read more

0 comments, 1,258 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 6 December 2010

SQL Spackle

I previously mentioned how SQL Server Central was listing ideas for articles, primarily for short, quick, pointed articles that they were terming SQL Spackle. Spackle is a term in the US that represents the filler you put into dry-wall to smooth it out or fix small holes, so SQL… Read more

1 comments, 657 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 2 December 2010