I have, in the past, made way too much of the need for Actual Plans when doing performance troubleshooting. The primary reason for this is to get the Actual Plan in order to see the differences between the Actual and Estimated Row Counts as a means of understanding how the… Read more
Alternate Title: I’m traveling a bunch. Let’s get together and talk.
A bunch of trips and presentations coming up, so I thought I’d share. First, I’ll be SQL Saturday Omaha for my first time ever presenting in Nebraska. I’m excited to add this state to my list (which is almost… Read more
- Get a better name
- Define my personal goals for the course
I won’t be sharing these with you. I may share them with my Inner Circle (defined below). I’m thinking this is a 2-3 year commitment I’m making. I need to have my own set of measurements to ensure that… Read more
That’s right. There’s been a divorce. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) has been divorced from the server product. In fact, Microsoft is inviting you to the new SSMS coming out party.
I’m pretty excited about this. While I’m very comfortable in SSMS, to a large degree, it’s like that… Read more
You’ve been working as a DBA for X number of years. How do you know you’re good at it? Heck, you’ve been doing any sort of job for a while. How can you measure whether or not you’re competent?
The single best measure isn’t how much work you do, your… Read more
I frequently see statements on forums along the lines of “I don’t have a test server, so I’m going to do something I’ve never done before directly on my production servers…” This is usually followed by questions along the lines of:
- But that’s OK and I won’t get fired, right?
With my travel schedule, I don’t always get out to events where I can see a community speaker. Sometimes, I just see pros. That’s the case this month. Instead of skipping the month entirely, which feels wrong, I’ve decided to do a special award.
Speaker of the Month for June… Read more
I know a few people in the SQL Server community who have been involved in Scouting. A couple of them have taken or helped lead Scoutings leadership training program known as Wood Badge. It’s an amazing program. I won’t even attempt to tell you what Wood Badge has done… Read more
When I attend sessions at events, I try to mix it up. I’ll go to a session that, really, I probably will never use the information, just to expand my knowledge level a little. I also go to sessions by the masters so that I can try to expand my… Read more
Columnstore indexes are fascinating and really cool. Unfortunately, they’re adding an interesting new wrinkle to an old problem.
What’s the Cost Threshold for Parallelism set to on your server? If you just said “The whatsis of whositz?” then the value is 5. The cost threshold is the point at which… Read more
I’ve had a busy month on the Board.
You may have seen some tweets going by about our compliance with international laws regarding SPAM. This has been something of an education, so anything I say wrong below, it’s because I’m wrong, but not malevolent (at least in regards to this… Read more
I would love to see the Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) pulled from the product. Completely. Heck, I feel bad that I included a chapter on it in my query tuning book (all updated for SQL Server 2014 by the way). Let me tell you why we need to pull… Read more
I heard about Connected from a show on NPR (Yes, I listen to NPR, why do people keep saying that?). It was right after another segment talking about how positivity affects your mood and your ability to think and act in a clear fashion. I’ve long been a believer in… Read more
No, that’s not a threat. It’s an offer to help out.
Redgate Software is very serious about the efforts we’re putting into creating the tools needed to support your Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) processes. DLM is a vital part of supporting both Agile development methods and moving towards an automated… Read more
I’m almost done reading the book Connected (will be by the time this is published). It’s fascinating although, at least so far, little in the way of suggestions for how to take advantage of this information. That however doesn’t change my plans around working on positive thoughts and emotions as… Read more
I tend to write my queries using LEFT JOIN. Why? Because logically I see it in my head like this:
Give me all the rows from this table and only those rows that match from the other table.
But, wouldn’t this logic work just as well:
Give me only the…
I live for questions. And my favorite questions are the ones where I’m not completely sure of the answer. Those are the questions that make me stop presenting in order to take a note so I can try to answer the question later, usually in a blog post. Guess where… Read more
I finally got out to some community events last month and got to see a bunch of great speakers. Not that you don’t see great speakers at paid events, you do. It’s just that they’re usually professional speakers and I want to encourage others when I can.
The Speaker of… Read more
Let me start with an important note: I am voicing my opinion here as an individual, not an… Read more
It’s been a pretty interesting month on the board.
First, we did have a little problem. I’m sure one or two of you may have noticed that the SQL Saturday web site was down for a moment. Well, three days. Joking aside, this was a serious problem, but my… Read more