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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: February 2013

It Is Your Fault

I earned my nickname. I’m proud of it. I am the Scary DBA. I don’t really like to advertise my other nickname, Rant (get it, Grant shortened to another word). I earned that one too. I’m not proud of it at all. I got that one because I sometimes don’t… Read more

10 comments, 451 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 27 February 2013

SQL Saturday #187 Richmond And More

In just a couple of weeks I’ll be flying down to Richmond, VA to speak at SQL Saturday #187. I’ll be presenting two topics, Backups for the Accidental DBA and Query Tuning in the Clouds. It’s going to be a great event with a bunch of excellent speakers. If… Read more

0 comments, 483 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 25 February 2013

SQL Server Naming Standards

Want to start a fight between a bunch of DBAs or database developers? Ask them where the comma should be placed between columns in a SELECT statement. It’s actually a little disturbing just how much emotional value people place in this. Almost as good, tell a database developer you don’t… Read more

10 comments, 2,922 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 13 February 2013

DBAs and the Dark Closet

For many years, I loved being a DBA because, unlike being a developer, I could sort of hide from the world. I could go into a dark closet (a well-lit cube, but hang with me here) and hide from everyone (except the people in the cubes next to me, my… Read more

10 comments, 502 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 6 February 2013

New DMO in Azure SQL Database: sys.dm_db_wait_stats

I just did a series of Boogle searches and when that didn’t find anything I tried Ging. Neither listed sys.dm_db_wait_stats. Nothing in a search directly against MSDN either. So, let me introduce you to a new DMO, sys.dm_db_wait_stats.

It’s a dynamic management view since it doesn’t require any input. The… Read more

8 comments, 454 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 4 February 2013