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Wanted: Senior DBA or Dev-DBA (And So Darn Hard to Find!)

I mentor, teach, and consult about SQL Server. It’s an incredible tool –it is an extremely flexible, adaptable, and complex data environment. SQL Server is capable of bringing tremendous value to an organization when it is configured, tuned, and used...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 25 June 2014

Current Thoughts on Interviewing and Hiring Conundrums

For many organizations, data is the lifeblood that keeps them in business. If the data becomes imperiled, the very existence of the organization is threatened. The folks entrusted with managing the data are often the most critical to the long term success...(read more)

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2 comments, 199 reads

Posted in SQLSequel on 22 September 2013

Rules of Holes #7: Some Will Look Down on You.

I've been extoling the Rules of Holes, hoping to give you both courage to get out of your Hole, and solace for having allowed yourself to get in a Hole in the first place. How about the others, the folks that see that you are up to your neck, the…

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Posted in SQLSequel on 30 November 2012

Rules of Holes #6: Don't Draw Others Into the Hole with You

In the Fifth Rules of Holes, you were encouraged to seek help from others in order to extricate youself from the Hole. And it should have been clear in that Rule that you want to seek out those that can actually help you. Not everyone, or just anyone,...(read more

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Posted in SQLSequel on 20 November 2012

Rules of Holes #5: Seek Help to Get Out of the Hole

You are moving along, doing good work, maintaining a steady pace. All seems to be going well for you. Then BAM!, a Hole just grabbed you. How the heck did that happen? What went wrong? How did you fall into a Hole? Definitely, you will want to do a post-mortem...(

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Posted in SQLSequel on 19 November 2012

Rules of Holes #4: Do You Have the BIG Picture?

Some folks decry the concept of being in a 'Hole'. For them, there is no such thing as 'Technical Debt', no such thing as maintaining weak and wobbly legacy code, no such thing as bad designs, no such thing as under-skilled or poorly performing co-workers,...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 16 November 2012

Rules of Holes #3: A Better Shovel is NOT the Answer!

You stopped digging. You looked around and saw that you were still in the Hole. You needed to get out. AHA! Problem solved, you thought. You'll just get a better and more efficient shovel! I regret to tell you that the Third Rule of Holes applies: Switching...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 14 November 2012

Rules of Holes #2: You Are Still in a Hole

OK. So you followed the First Rule of Holes -you stopped digging yourself in deeper. But now what? You are still in a Hole. Your situation has not changed much, but at least you are no longer making it worse. You need to redirect the digging effort into...(read more

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Posted in SQLSequel on 13 November 2012

Rules of Holes #1: Stop Digging

You may have heard of the 'First Rule of Holes'. It goes something like this: " When you suspect you might be in a hole, stop digging. " That seems like obvious, and good advice, but what does it really mean? How does the Rule of Holes apply to you?…

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Posted in SQLSequel on 12 November 2012

Financial Transparency is Good for Community

I was recently in a conversation with several people that had previously organized one or more community events. The topic evolved into a discussion of Sponsors, and eventually, fund raising. Being able to adequately raise the funds necessary is critical...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 7 November 2011

Paying for Free

It seems like there is a widespread malaise in the country these days. Everyone’s clamoring to cut taxes -but no one wants to have their neighborhood school closed, or fear bridges collapsing underneath them, or damage their automobiles while driving...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 26 September 2011

There should only be one ...

When visiting clients, I often find that one or more databases have a table (or several) containing metadata. Most often, these tables have only a single row of data containing metadata about the company, the application, or the database itself. Quite...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 16 November 2010

Project Phoenix: Additional Proposals Receive Awards

10/23/2010 Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted but not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. (Refer to this to review the award criteria, details, and benefits.)...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 24 October 2010

Project Phoenix: Early September Awards Announced

9/14/2010 Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted but not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. (Refer to this to review the award criteria, details, and benefits.)...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 15 September 2010

Project Phoenix expands to Australia and New Zealand

A couple of months ago, many Microsoft MVPs received Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate MSDN subscriptions (retail value: ~$12,000) to distribute as we saw fit. I started Project Phoenix , encouraging unemployed or underemployed developers to engage with a non-profit...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 13 September 2010

Project Phoenix: Late August Awards Announced

Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted but not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. (Refer to this to review the award criteria, details, and benefits.) In no order...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 31 August 2010

Project Phoenix: Early August Awards Announced

Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted but not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. (Refer to this to review the award criteria, details, and benefits.) In no order...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 18 August 2010

Project Phoenix: May we have the July awards please ...

The first two developers and projects have been selected –and there were some tough choices. However, those projects not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. In no order of implied importance. Ayaz Bashir, Bayonne, NJ...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 4 August 2010

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes ...

NOTE: At least one project will be selected every week for the remainder of 2010. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, over the next five months, twenty-four (24) unemployed or underemployed developers will be selected because of their non-profit project...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 31 July 2010

I come to you, humbled...

WOW! A couple of weeks ago, I announced that I would be offering a few MSDN Ultimate subscriptions to unemployed or under-employed developers to help them improve and update their skills in consideration for doing social good by helping out a non-profit...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 21 July 2010

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