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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: September 2012

Interviewing a DBA

I’m not a fan of trivia style interview questions. Yes, I ask a few because you have to in order to immediately eliminate the completely unqualified applicants. Even those types of questions, in my opinion, need to be focused on concepts and not syntax. The reason we have the Books… Read more

10 comments, 3,337 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 24 September 2012

PASS Elections 2012

Yeah, it’s that time again. And we have a magnificent slate of people running. I mean truly amazing and wonderful people. I personally know each and every one of them. I’ve worked with them or watched them work on projects over the years. PASS has a true embarrassment of… Read more

5 comments, 697 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 21 September 2012

Conference in Florida: SQL Server Live

This conference is new to me. In case it’s new to you, I thought I’d take a moment to point it out. Mostly because I’ll be presenting there and I love talking to anyone who has actually read any of the blather I post on my blog. If you want… Read more

0 comments, 962 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 14 September 2012

SQL Server vs. Oracle

Just so we’re clear, I use SQL Server. I like SQL Server. But, this doesn’t mean I have anything against Oracle. It’s fine. It’s good. But, I know very little about it. However, throughout my career I’ve found myself needing to understand it better. Either because I’m trying to train… Read more

10 comments, 4,983 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 7 September 2012