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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 2018

Precons in Richmond, Philadelphia and New York

I love when I get the opportunity to present at SQLSaturday events. Even more than that, I love when I get the opportunity to do a precon at a SQLSaturday event. Well, I’ve got three coming up.

All three are an all day session entitled “SQL Server Tools for Query… Read more

4 comments, 1,572 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 28 February 2018

Adaptive Joins

I was surprised to find out that a lot people hadn’t heard about the new join type, Adaptive join. So, I figured I could do a quick overview.

Adaptive Join Behavior

Currently the adaptive join only works with columnstore indexes, but according to Microsoft, at some point, they will also… Read more

3 comments, 1,014 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 27 February 2018

GDPR: Your Hair Is Not On Fire

Along with a lot of other people, I’ve been attempting to call people’s attentions to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was created two years ago and becomes effective in May of this year. The regulation defines processes and practices around the privacy and protection of personal data… Read more

6 comments, 430 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 26 February 2018

Wait Statistics on a Query

Wait statistics are a vital part of understanding what is causing your system to run slowly. Capturing them can be done through a variety of mechanisms from sys.dm_os_wait_stats (use this query for that) to sys.dm_db_wait_stats in Azure SQL Database. Those cover the system and the database, however, what about capturing… Read more

2 comments, 2,556 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 5 February 2018