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Meme Monday: SQL Family

Tom LaRock’s (blog|twitter) question this month: What does #sqlfamily mean to me?


Geez Tom, couldn’t you ask a hard question for once?


Just saying #sqlfamily and a whole series of images of people flashes through my head. And those images are accompanied by all sorts of fun, amazing, interesting situations. And you know what, they’re all very positive. I don’t have flashes of people I dislike or bitter acrimony or really strange relationships. In short, maybe it’s not a family.

I have a huge, complex, and very extended real-life family. When I compare that to my #sqlfamily, parts of the real family don’t shine quite so bright as that #sqlfamily does (parts, of course, shine brighter, I love my family). The #sqlfamily is impressive.

I get so much from my #sqlfamily. I’ve received technical knowledge, friendship, technical help, emotional support, job advice, camaraderie, career advice, hugs (@sqlchicken’s are worth pursuing), jobs … in fact, I’ve gotten everything I could ever want from my #sqlfamily except help packing up and moving and I don’t doubt for a second I could get that if I needed it. Then there was that time, at the place, with the person, and none of us talk about that one, but you know all know what I mean.

In fact, I get so much from my #sqlfamily that I’m constantly worried that I’m not giving enough back. So, I try hard to be there. If someone asks for help, on anything, I try to provide it. If I can’t, as sometimes happens, I explain why and I tell them when I will be able to help later. I put myself out for my #sqlfamily because I think they deserve it. I feel like I know all these great people and they put up with having me around so I try to be as good as they are (and consistently fall short). It’s a daunting and wonderful place to be.

What does #sqlfamily mean to me? Pretty much everything. I’m just flat out a different, better, person than I would have been without them.

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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).


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