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The Smiling DBA

Thomas LeBlanc ( MCITP 2005/2008 & MCDBA 2000) is a Senior SQL Server DBA at Turner Industries, LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. He has been in the IT field for 21 years starting as a COBOL programmer, graduating to dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, upgrading to Visual Basic versions 3-6 and even some .Net(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago for Thomas while working at a Paper Mill in St. Francisville, LA continuing with IEM, then Amedisys. Performance tuning and reviewing database design and code was an everyday occurrence for DBAs at Amedisys. Thomas’ free time is spent helping those less fortunate and improving his relationship with his family and God.

Archives: April 2012

SQL Saturday Houston #107 Recap

I enjoyed a long weekend in Houston starting with Kalen Delaney’s Pre-con on Query Tuning. I have learned over the past years that I should concentrate on 2 or 3 items to take from the training. The first was no matter what kind of T-SQL development is done through an… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 27 April 2012

PASS Data Arch VC presents Mike Fal: Eating the Elephant: SQL Server Table Partitioning

Thursday’s (May 17th, 2012) PASS Data Architecture Virtual Chapter has Mike demonstrating some cool Table Partitioning scripts which I was able to attend at SQL Saturday in Colorado Springs in January of this year.

We will also be giving away an Amazon gift card plus someone gets to choose between… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 18 April 2012

SQL Saturday #107–Houston

Wow, blessed to speaker at another SQL Saturday in Houston #107. The first task of this weekend is Friday. Kalen Delaney will be doing a Pre-Con on SQL Server Query Plans: Tuning and Management which is sold-out. I pre-registered early whether I was going to be able to go… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 9 April 2012

Execution Plans – Table, Clustered Index and Non-Clustered Index Scan

An important operator to understand in execution plans is a scan. A Scan can be good and bad, so understanding the difference between them is a basic skill needed by a DBA or developer that is going to do performance tuning.

The Table Scan means that a table does not… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 2 April 2012