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T-SQL Tuesday #52: Keep your head down!

T-SQL TuesdayIt is T-SQL Tuesday again and this month we are taking the road less traveled. Michael J Swart (b/t) has asked us to “Argue against a popular opinion”. Now I do have a concern about this subject. I am frequently sarcastic and frequently people don’t realize this. So I’m going to start with this.

The definition of sarcasm as defined by dictionary.reference.com is:

sar•casm [sahr-kaz-uh m]

  1. harsh or bitter derision or irony.
  2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

And this post is sahr-kaz-uhm. Later today, in a week, in a year, when someone comes to me and says “I can’t believe you wrote …. ” I am going to point here and say “sahr-kaz-uhm!”.

Keep your head down

SQL Server has an amazingly helpful community. There are dozens or even hundreds of bloggers, numerous forums where you can ask questions of others and free training everywhere. But this is a competitive world and the goal is to get yourself a good job and keep it. For each job there are dozens or even hundreds of applicants of which you are only one. Do you really want to give your competitors a leg up? I know I don’t!

Keep your head down

Steve Jones (b/t ) will tell you that you should blog and create a brand for yourself. But then he was one of the founders of http://www.sqlservercentral.com and made a career for himself helping others and helping people help each other. You are not Steve Jones.

Keep your head down

Grant Fritchey (b/t) is known for his skill at performance tuning and has written several books on the subject. He teaches classes at community meetings and will happily answer questions (no matter how fierce the Scary DBA seems). But there is a price to all of this. Imagine Grant has just interviewed for a new job and the interviewers are discussing whether or not to hire him. The conversation might go something like this. “Wow Grant Fritchey, he’s really well known!” “Yea but that means he’s going to want a lot of money.” “Well true. You know, he’s written all those books. We could just hire someone cheaper and have them read his books, maybe go to one of his training classes.” “Not a bad idea. That would probably work.” Sorry Grant, no job for you!

Keep your head down

Adam Machanic (b/t) has a similar problem. Not only does he blog but he created the amazing tool sp_whoisactive and now rather than hiring Adam a company only has to hire a DBA who can run sp_whoisactive and read Adam’s blog. Much cheaper!

Keep your head down

The folks at Brent Ozar Unlimited (b/t) are the worst! They are a boutique consulting firm that gives a weekly webinar called Triage Tuesday, have created numerous tools such as sp_blitz and blog constantly. Now think about this, they are a “Consulting” company. They make money by fixing other people’s problems! So what happens when they give people the tools to fix their own problems? And do it for free no less? They lose money that’s what!

Keep your head down

Sarcasm ending. Have a nice day!

Filed under: DBA Humor, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLServerPedia Syndication, T-SQL Tuesday Tagged: Adam Machanic, blogging, brent ozar, Grant Fritchey, Humor, Steve Jones, T-SQL Tuesday


My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.


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