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Reach for the Select *s

By Jason Brimhall, 2011/10/12

Do you have your head in the clouds?

Have you wanted to take flight?

Have you been called “Space Case”

If you are a DB Professional, then all of these could very well become true.

 

You see, there is a very cool thing that is launching today, Oct 12, 2011 by our friends at RedGate.

DBA’s In Space

Ok, so that is not what they are actually calling it.  But just think about it for a minute.  Do you want to be a real space Case as you code the following while glancing back at Earth?

Code block   
SELECT firstname + ' ' + lastname
	,CASE WHEN isinspace = 1 THEN ' is totally freaking out at this super stud awesome adventure'
		ELSE ' is super bored watching reruns of the A-team on the couch back home because s/he didn''t enter the contest.'
		END AS emotionalstate
	FROM DBAList
	WHERE DBA = 'ME'

Not only will your head be in the clouds, but you will exceed Cloud 9 as you take orbit.

I could only dream of what that must feel like (for now anyway).  Being weightless, writing SQL in space and peering back at the blue marble I call home.

Are you hooked yet?

Well, good because here is what RedGate says they are sending a DBA into Space because “they are the real masters of the universe”.  And here are a few more words from our sponsors about the whole contest (and yes there is a contest).

DBA’s must answer 14 questions (yes blue is my favorite color).

DBA’s must be physically fit

The questions will be revealed in video format, via corny B-films.

Fifteen finalists will be selected from those who provide the best answers to quizzes within the videos and the ripest tweets from dataspace. The winning DBA will be elected by popular vote to join the first citizens of Earth to sail beyond our atmosphere.”

And to cap it off, RedGate said it best in their release statement.  Quoting from it:

“Why a DBA? Because they’re the most important people you’ve never heard of. The world is not kept spinning on its course by politicians or financiers. It’s the humble DBA who makes it happen – the Master of Data who enables medical records to be summoned in the blink of an eye, keeps transport running smoothly, manages the data beneath the electrical grid for billions of people and provides instant access to news, music, phone calls, money and an endless supply of entertainment.

So, knowing how DBAs dig space and everything related to it, Red Gate is going to send one of them straight up, a cat’s whisker above the Kármán line – at 62 miles, the official boundary of space – into pitch black, gazing back on the impossibly cool view of planet earth, the view that astronaut Edgar Mitchell called “a glimpse of divinity.””

So check out the website today and get ready to be launched out of this world.

You can find more info at DBAInSpace.com.


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