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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

Archives: April 2011

What’s Mentoring?

We have just kicked off The Mentoring Experiment after talking about it for months. There has been a lot of interest and quite a few applications submitted. We’ve even had a lot of people ask if we needed help mentoring people, which is great. If you’re interested, you still have… Read more

0 comments, 526 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 April 2011

Why Build a Brand?

Why should you go to the trouble to start blogging, speaking, answering questions or anything else. What’s the point?

I’ve written a little before about this. When you build a brand, it helps you to stand out from others. You become more noticeable, and more likely to get the interview.… Read more

7 comments, 530 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 April 2011

Enjoy Your Life

A sad weekend, and shocking news Sunday morning. I was out running errands when I checked email and found out a friend had been killed in a plane crash on Saturday afternoon. He was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, someone who I have gotten to know quite well,… Read more

4 comments, 628 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 April 2011

What Don’t I Know?

Apparently a lot, at least according to the blooper reel today

 


Filed under: Blog Tagged: bloopers, Humor, syndicated

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0 comments, 326 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 April 2011

Building an algorithm

When I was in college, and even high school, all of my computer science classes required me to build algorithms. Often they were simple things, like implement a sort, or reverse a string, or shuffle a deck of cards. Those seemingly silly and trivial exercises, however, build the skills of… Read more

2 comments, 533 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 April 2011

The Mentoring Experiment

Andy Warren (LinkedIn | Blog | @sqlandy) and I had an idea for a way to give back to the community and help people. It’s the Mentoring Experiment, and we are taking applications from people through April 20.

If you’re interested in finding a mentor, and want to… Read more

3 comments, 398 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 April 2011

Close, but no MCM Cigar

I failed.

There’s no other way to say it, but I’m not really disappointed or discouraged. I’m actually fairly upbeat about it. I went into the Microsoft Certified Master test thinking that I’d fail because it aims to be a high end certification. I felt like I had a huge… Read more

7 comments, 599 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 April 2011

T-SQL Tuesday Reminder – Coming next week

Matt Velic is hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month. You have a week to get a post ready on the apply operator.

To help you out, here's the BOL page on Using the Apply operator. It's an operator that essentially lets you invoke a table valued function for each row… Read more

0 comments, 722 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 April 2011

SQL Saturday #63–Dallas

I have been trying to get to Dallas for a SQL Saturday for nearly a year, when the first event was announced last May. I finally made it this past weekend with the third SQL Saturday in less than a year taking place on April 2, 2011 in Richardson, TX. Read more

2 comments, 272 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 April 2011

SQL Saturday #63–Dallas

I have been trying to get to Dallas for a SQL Saturday for nearly a year, when the first event was announced last May. I finally made it this past weekend with the third SQL Saturday in less than a year taking place on April 2, 2011 in Richardson, TX. Read more

0 comments, 466 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 April 2011

Am I a sysadmin? (or other SQL Server role)

How do you check if you are a sysadmin? It’s fairly easy to do in Management Studio. You can go to Security \ Server Roles \ Sysadmin, as shown here:

You right click sysadmin and click properties to get a list of sysadmins. You can do this for any role,… Read more

4 comments, 2,290 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 April 2011

SQL Saturday #63 PPT

The PowerPoint deck from my presentation is here if you want it

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Presentations/70959/

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


Filed under: Blog Tagged: career, speaking, sql server, syndicated

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0 comments, 370 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 April 2011

A 22 Hour Layover

I joked about having a 22 hour layover in Denver yesterday and a few people were wondering what airline screwed me this time. That made me laugh, because they didn’t get the joke.

I got home yesterday at 3:30pm from SQL Server Connections in Orlando. I’ve been there all week,… Read more

0 comments, 294 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 April 2011