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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

Archives: October 2011

Tales from the Query Processor
Hello Dear Reader!  I've been a bit behind on the blogging but wanted to give you a bit of a treat.  Today is Halloween in the USA.  This is probably my favorite Holiday.  The family and I always love the fall, and this is one of the few holiday's…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 31 October 2011

SQL University Lesson 3 Page Compression

Lesson 2: Internal Structures, Vardecimal, & Row Compression

Welcome to Lesson 3 on Compression and welcome back Dear Reader.   I want to once again Thank the esteemed Chancellor of SQL University none other than Mr. Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken | Blog)  for the opportunity to be your  Professor of…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 17 October 2011

Day 6: Friday PASS Summit 2011 Keynote Live

Hello Dear Reader!  Welcome to the final day of the PASS Summit and the Keynote address by Dr. David J  DeWitt.  We will do this in the same way as the previous Two Days!  So hold tight we are about to begin.


This has been an amazing Keynote.   Dr.…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 14 October 2011