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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.

T-SQL Tuesday #44 The Second Chance

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 Adam Machanic(@AdamMachanic| Blog) back in 2009.  The basic idea one blogger hosts the party and others participate.  We announce the topic the first Tuesday of the month, July 2nd 2013 for today, and everyone will post their blogs on the second Tuesday of the month, July 9th2013 for the actual posts.  This month the host is none other than ME!

I love T-SQL Tuesday, there is always so much to write about.  Our world of technology changes so fast.  Each of us has the daily constraints of a life and a job as well.  Sometimes it is great to have a topic to write on so you can express your point of view or get the opportunity to dive a little deeper into an area of SQL that may have piqued your interest.  Equally as wonderful is reading all the other blogs that people have put together on the subject.  Variety is the spice of life, and will we get it in spades.


“So Balls”, you say, “That’s great, but what’s the topic?”

Thanks for keeping me on task Dear Reader!  Without further ado the topic of T-SQL Tuesday #44, Second Chances.

SECOND CHANCES



 As a DBA or a Presenter/Speaker we have all had at least one moment we would like back.  The demo didn't work, you were green and got asked a question you now know in your sleep.  You had a presentation in front of a client, and it all went sideways.  Maybe you logged onto the prod server thinking it was dev and dropped something you shouldn't have.  These moments serve not just as painful reminders, but also as powerful instruments for learning.  Would you like another shot at getting it right?  WELL NOW'S YOUR CHANCE!   Or I guess actually your…. Second…. Chance.  Your missions should you choose to accept it, tell me one of the moments you had, and most importantly what you learned from it!

First and foremost the rules. 

Rule 1: Don’t get yourself fired.  If you almost dropped the prod DB last week, truncated an important table, or took down a prod server during critical business hours, and nobody knows it was you & the people you work for read your blog, you should probably avoid writing about it here.  You want to write about events we can look back on and reflect over, not events HR would *love* to know about.

Rule 2: Some Time next Tuesday using GMT, here’s a link to a GMT time convertor, publish your blog post.  For example in the US that would cover 8 pm Monday to 8 pm Tuesday.

Rule 3: Make sure that you include the Image at the top of the page helping to identify your post as a T-SQL Tuesday blog.  Then come back here and post a link in the comments so I can find them.  Before the end of the week I'll do a round up of all the blogs. 

Extra Credit!

Tweet your blog with the hash tag #tsql2sday & go read someone else’s blog on the subject!
As Always Dear Reader, Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

Thanks,

Brad

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