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Bradley Ball is a MCITP SQL 2005 & MCTS 2008 DBA with over 10 years of IT experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is currently a Sr. Consultant for Pragmatic Works. He has presented at SQL Saturdays 62, 74, 79, 85, 86, 131, for the MAGICPASS & OPASS SSUG’s, SQL Rally 2011 & 2012, SQL Dev Connections 2012, the PASS Summit in 2011, and is scheduled for the PASS Summit 2012 and SQL Live 360 later this year. He recently finished Chapter 14 of Expert SQL Server Practices on Page & Row Compression and can be found blogging on http://www.sqlballs.com.

A Day of Data Science with SQL Server, Azure ML, Spark, Hadoop, and R

Hello Dear Reader!  Next week in Jacksonville, Friday August 11th,  I will be presenting a Day of Data Science: With SQL Server 2016/2017, Azure ML, Spark, Hadoop, & R.  We will also be working in some Power BI, and may even be building something like what you see on…

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2 comments, 256 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 4 August 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming Twitter Sentiment

Hello Dear Reader!  This past Thursday night I took my son Zachary to see Spider-Man Homecoming, it was an amazing movie with a fantastic cast.  Both of us are BIG comic book guys, and we enjoyed it immensely.  As a matter of fact we both enjoyed it so much that…

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3 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 10 July 2017

Microsoft: 1 Year in, how's it going?


Hello Dear Reader, one year ago today it was leap year, February 29th 2016. So I'm a year older, the big four zero.... 40.  A little wiser?  Maybe.

Despite my New Year's resolution to get fatter and work out less, I've lost 21 pounds and I'm working out 3-5 times…

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5 comments, 1,977 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 1 March 2017

How Do I Add an R Package to SQL Server from In-Database R?

Hello Dear Reader!  I'm working on some really fun stuff with in-database R using SQL Server 2016.
I needed to add a couple packages to my R engine so I could use them and call them from an R script. I realized I had not added any external packages to…

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4 comments, 449 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 28 February 2017

The High Availability Conversation Part 1: Introduction

Hello Dear Reader!  Twitter is a fantastic tool if you use SQL Server.  It is a great way to network, find presentations, interact with experts, and #SQLHelp offers some of the best technical forum conversation on the subject.  I was on Twitter and my friend Kenneth Fisher asked a question.…

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3 comments, 1,582 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 3 February 2017

Optimize For Unknown

Hello Dear Reader!  It's been a while.  I was working with a friend and we came across an interesting problem.  They had a large amount of skewness/data skew.  This led to some performance issues for them.  The way this manifested itself was in a set of queries that ran quickly,…

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2 comments, 2,077 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 5 December 2016

SQL Azure, Hekaton, and Bob Dorr is Awesome

Hello Dear Reader!  I had recently written a blog for the PFE blog, "How Many Tables Can I Have In SQL Azure DB & SQL Server".   It was a fun blog that I had written during a very long layover when traveling home.  It covers the maximum…

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1 comments, 526 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 29 August 2016

SQL Server Random Workload Generator

Hello Dear Reader!  Before I start this blog I want to give credit to Jonathan Kehayias (@SQLPoolBoy | Blog).  He’s an Microsoft Data Platform MVP, MCM,  part of the amazing crew over at SQLSkills, and a really nice guy.  

About 4 years ago Jonathan created The AdventureWorks2008R2…

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17 comments, 1,409 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 20 May 2016

SQL Saturday Jacksonville #552 Pre-Con: A Day of DBA Fundamentals- Install- Maintenance plans-and Security

Hello Dear Reader!  I'm here in beautiful Jacksonville FL for the SQL Saturday 552 events!  Today my friend Dan Taylor (@DbaBulldog | Blog) and I are presenting our Pre-con A Day of DBA Fundamentals, Install, Maintenance Plans, and Security.

We are having a lot of fun so far, and I…

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1 comments, 397 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 6 May 2016

Goodbye Pragmatic Works

Normally when I write a blog, I start out will a Hello to my Dear Reader.   Not today.  This was almost a blog I didn't write because I didn't know where to start.  So let me start with the people and see if it moves along from there.


To…

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3 comments, 602 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 29 February 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #73: IOPS on Azure VM's Naughty to Nicer

Hello Dear Reader!  Last week I posted the invitationto T-SQL Tuesday #73.  The premise? 

As you work with SQL Server look around you.  Is your environment Naughty or Nice?  If it is Naughty what’s wrong with it?  What would you do to fix it?  Do you have a…

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6 comments, 416 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 8 December 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #73 Invitation – Naughty or Nice?




Hello Dear Reader!  This is the first Tuesday of the month and you know what that means.  It’s time to announce the T-SQL Tuesday Topic of the month!  This is your opportunity to participate in the largest SQL Blog party on the intrawebs. 

T-SQL Tuesday is an event started by…

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6 comments, 1,533 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 1 December 2015

Top 3 Questions Before Submitting to a SQL Saturday

Hello Dear Reader!  We are coming up upon the 9th SQL Saturday for Orlando.  Orlando is where SQL Saturday began, and the home to some pretty amazing speakers.

We, the SQL Saturday Orlando Team, are hard at work getting ready for the event.  Our Call for Speakers ends…

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7 comments, 602 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 25 June 2015

Looking Out for Others Helps You Lead


I'm sitting on a plane. I'm in an exit row, still a big guy in a little seat. I go to sit down and notice the seat to my left has water on the seat. Not so deep that it is a puddle. 5 to 10 big drops. Enough that…

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1 comments, 548 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 22 January 2015

When the Problem is Not Them. It’s You.



Hello Dear Reader!  I’ve been the Data Platform Management Lead at Pragmatic Works for almost two years now.  It’s been an interesting journey that I’m enjoying.  I’m the tier 3 support in a lot of cases, play the role of manager, mentor, and fellow fighter in the trenches when required. …

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1 comments, 851 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 26 November 2014

PASS Summit 2014 Streaming Keynotes

Hello Dear Reader!   It's that time of the year again, time for the PASS Summit and the streaming Keynote.  Here we go!

11/5/2014 10:05 AM
T.K. takes the stage again.  Announces that Azure ML is available for free today, you just need a live ID.  He's got the slide from…

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1 comments, 629 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 5 November 2014

Tales from the Query Processor III


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Hello Dear Reader!  It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning, temperatures are changing, and Halloween is once again upon us.  Today is Halloween, time to take the kiddos out to Trick-or-Treat!  Today is also my daughter’s 16th birthday!  It’s hard to believe that it has…

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1 comments, 835 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 31 October 2014

I'm an MVP

Hello Dear Reader!  Two weeks ago I was very honored to be named a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.  Since then I've been reflecting on what it means to get this award and the massive amount of people that helped me along the way.

Family, co-workers, friends, community members, and other…

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3 comments, 620 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 October 2014

#PASSVOTE 2014

Hello Dear Reader!  The PASS Board of Director elections are upon us again.  We have 3 spots open and 4 great candidates.  A lot has been written about this election already.  Andy Warren has sounded off, Brent Ozar as well.  There are blogs by the candidates and many…

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2 comments, 491 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 24 September 2014

Outstanding PASS Volunteer

Hello Dear Reader!  In June this year I was recognized by PASS as with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.  In an unusual move I found myself speechless.  This is a very quick post to give the true credit where it is due.  June was a very busy month for me and…

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0 comments, 474 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 September 2014

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