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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: November 2013

Windows Azure Views

It’s kind of fun to see Azure development artifacts on display. I’ve posted about them before, a couple of times. I’m starting to finally get systematized about the whole thing, just so I can see stuff as it changes rather than discover them by accident or get told about them… Read more

6 comments, 859 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 19 November 2013

Cargo Cult Data Professionals

Ever since David Moutray introduced me to the concept of cargo cult programming, it’s been running round and round in my head. I’m actually coming to believe that this is a major issue in all walks of life. True or not, we’re absolutely seeing it in the data professionals… Read more

10 comments, 959 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 12 November 2013

For the Aspiring DBA

Getting started as a data professional is an incredibly daunting task. If you’re not concerned that you’re going to mess stuff up and cause a system to crash and burn, maybe you’re in the wrong job. The amount of information you have to learn is insanely huge, coupled with the… Read more

0 comments, 1,464 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 11 November 2013

More Azure Goodies

Microsoft keeps sneaking little things under the door for Windows Azure SQL Database. This time it’s a couple of new views, a system view and a Dynamic Management View (DMV); sys.resource_stats and sys.dm_operation_stats.

But, I also learned another fun fact, not all this stuff rolls out at the same speed.… Read more

4 comments, 1,750 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 5 November 2013

Speaker of the Month, November 2013

Yeah, I’m a couple of days late. Tough. My blog. My rules.

Speaking of rules. Speaker of the Month is chosen by me based on my whims, interests and the direction of the wind on every other Tuesday at 3PM. No whining.

I saw a ton of excellent sessions during… Read more

3 comments, 639 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 4 November 2013