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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Off to London

Today I’m off across the Atlantic again. SQL in the City 2014 kicks off in London and I have 3 talks to give on Friday. Plus a keynote.

Today is keynote practice, last minute packing, and then off to the airport for my flight overnight to London. This will be… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 October 2014

Learning Options in Seattle Next Month

The 2014 PASS Summit takes place next month. Actually a few weeks, on Nov 3-7, 2014 in Seattle. While many people attend the conference, there are some additional options for learning that you might think about in addition to the conference itself. While the conference is great, getting deeper dives… Read more

2 comments, 138 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 October 2014

Networking at the PASS Summit

The 2014 PASS Summit is coming up in a few weeks and thousands of SQL Server professionals will be coming to Seattle for the event. Many will arrive early, and many will be there for the first or second time in their careers.

Many of them will be that guy Read more

1 comments, 4,436 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 October 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #59–My Hero

It’s October, and another busy fall is underway for me. It’s also the second Tuesday, so it’s T-SQL Tuesday time again. The invite this month is from Tracy Mckibben, and it’s a neat topic. Not really a technical one, but a fun one that I like.

My Hero! is the… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 October 2014

Final Prep for SQL in the City

I can’t believe this will be the fourth SQL in the City in London next week. It’s amazing to me that we’ve managed to build this great series of one day events that is so popular with SQL Server professionals.

I’m heading back to London next week, a quick trip,… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 October 2014

SQL in the City 2014 – Two countries in two weeks

I have had a fairly busy travel schedule the last few years. While I don’t love sitting on airplanes and being away from home, I do look forward to the events and seeing the amazing #SQLFamily and community we have for SQL Server. I’ve also learned a few tricks to… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 October 2014

Making Better Presentations–Practice

This is part of a series of tips for speakers on how to make your presentations better.

There’s one thing that makes a big difference for many speakers.

Practice

Practice makes perfect, but more importantly, practice develops familiarity. Everyone gets a little nervous on stage, everyone struggled to memorize their… Read more

1 comments, 156 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 October 2014

Testing your API

I think learning to better test our software, including the database objects, is one of the ways in which we’ll build better software applications in the future. Testing is a complex subject, but this is part of a series that looks at ways in which you can use tSQLt.

Checking…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 October 2014

Making Better Presentations–Organize Things

This is part of a series of tips for speakers on how to make your presentations better.

Organization matters, and it makes a difference to how your presentation goes. The more organized you are, the better the experience for attendees. If you are very unorganized, then it becomes hard for… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 September 2014

PASS Rocks SQL Saturday

I had another piece that looked at some issues with PASS slated for today, but it’s been a tough morning. Both with work, and with the conflict with PASS, so I’m going to move this up and give PASS more praise. As conflicted as I am about the organization, it… Read more

1 comments, 222 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 September 2014

People Helping People – Volunteers

Continuing on with things that PASS does well, since I want to be balanced, I wanted to talk about volunteers.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but PASS gets a lot of volunteers. There are volunteers that run SQL Saturdays. Volunteers that run user groups. Volunteers that help out for… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 September 2014

The BaCON Debacle, or Who’s Mike?

Who is Mike in the business intelligence/analytics world?

Is it Mike White? If it is, he’s the guy I call for help with SSAS stuff. I’ve known Mike for years and he’s a smart guy.

Is it Mike Davis? He’s another smart guy. I don’t know him, but I… Read more

5 comments, 169 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2014

An Amazing Conference

I said that I’d write about some good things PASS does, and I’ll make it a point to do so. Despite my complaints and criticisms, I like the organization. I’ve been a part of it since October 1999, when the initial conference was in the basement ballroom of a hotel… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2014

Why Have a Nom Com?

I don’t want to get too deeply involved in the complaints and struggles of PASS, but I also want to ensure we have a healthy community. I want to have us continue to grow and prosper as data professionals who work with SQL Server. PASS has a mission, and it… Read more

8 comments, 167 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2014

Still time to get a SQL Server tattoo

Not for me, and perhaps not for you, but you can still encourage Jason Strate, Gareth Swanepoel, Ed Watson, and Kristen Benzel to go under the needle. If we raise $25,000 for Doctors without Borders, they’ll get tattoos.

We’re over the $10,000 mark, so we’re already going to have… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 September 2014

A SQLServerCentral DR Event

We had a disaster at SQLServerCentral this past weekend. It wasn’t a big disaster, but it was an event that required a restore of data.

An Administrative Error

On Saturday, I was attending SQL Saturday #331 in Denver. In between my sessions, I was prepping a few demos and finished… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 September 2014

The Mentoring Experiment – Closing Thoughts

Andy wrote a post today called The End of the Mentoring Experiment, which is something we’ve talked about for some time. In fitting with the decision, and perhaps justifying it further, we decided to do this a few months back, but as with many things, we haven’t gotten to… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 September 2014

Grant for President

Grant Fritchey is running for the PASS board. He’s not running for President, though I’m not sure why he shouldn’t be able to. The board makes decisions as a group and the President isn’t necessarily more or less powerful than other members. However the President can be the face… Read more

2 comments, 157 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 September 2014

Back from DevConnections

I spent a few days at DevConnections this week and really enjoyed the conference. The location was Aria in Las Vegas, where I’ve never been, but it was a new, really nice hotel and there was one amazing thing:

The wi-fi worked.

Not on and off, pretty much the entire… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2014

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