Grant Fritchey

Grant Fritchey is a SQL Server MVP with over 20 years’ experience in IT including time spent in support and development. Grant has worked with SQL Server since version 6.0 back in 1995. He has developed in VB, VB.Net, C# and Java. Grant has authored books for Apress and Simple-Talk, and joined Red Gate as a Product Advocate in January 2011. Find Grant on Twitter @GFritchey or on his blog as the Scary DBA.

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Learning Leads To Learning

I am an amateur radio operator. In the US this is commonly referred to as a ham, or a ham radio operator. My call sign is KC1KCE, as issued by the US government through the FCC. And yeah, I can hear you now, a ham is the geek equivalent of a cross-fitter. How do you […]

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A New Year, New Efforts

Happy New Year! You're going to be seeing a lot of summaries for 2022 and predictions for 2023 around this time of year. I'm not writing one of those. You'll also see people calling for new years resolutions and the like. I'm not going for that either. Nope, let's keep it simple. It is a […]


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Poking the Bear

If you're an experienced, knowledgeable, seasoned (I won't say old), SQL Server data professional, and you choose to use Trace Events (Profiler), more power to you. That's it. That's all I have to say. Do what you think best. I'm never, ever (again), going to second guess you. Further, my apologies for ever having done […]

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Getting Help Online

I spend a lot of time in the forums on various web sites, trying to assist people with getting help online. It’s shocking how hard they make it. Let’s...

2022-11-02 (first published: )

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Weaponizing Query Store

I may have occasionally talked about the importance of Query Store, but today I want to emphasize just how much Microsoft is weaponizing query store. Of course, I don’t...


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Friendship and Your Career

PASS Data Community Summit is coming up like an out of control freight train. Another couple of weeks and it'll be here. I'm excited about it every year and I really hope to see you there. Please, consider this a personal invite to say hi if you see me around. I'm bringing all this up […]

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