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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Joining a Community

In the last week I've been actively trying to join the PostgreSQL community. It's been an interesting experience. I suspect it's going to stay interesting for a while. As part of what I'm doing, I saw this excellent video from Ryan Booz, talking about joining a new community. It got me to thinking. You have […]


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Model Good Behavior

I'm answering a question in the forums and I spot something that crawls up my spine: ;WITH... The person was using a Common Table Expression (CTE) which requires that the preceding statement in the batch have a statement terminator, the semi-colon. However, since the terminator isn't required everywhere, lots of people don't use it at […]

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Where the World Takes You

We're launching into a new year and there are lots of "looking into the future" articles out there. Personally, I'm pretty jazzed for the coming year for any number of reasons (can you say "SQL Server 2022"?). However, I also get a little retrospective at times like this. Now, I'm not going to talk about […]


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Tell Your Loved Ones You Care

The Data Platform community lost a couple of people this week. Euan Garden and Dean Vargas. These were good people. They're going to be sorely missed. While I wanted to say something profound about them, I don't think I can do them justice. They were both simply good. The kind of people you want to […]

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It's All About the Gratitude

I'm writing this the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving. Lots of things are said about Thanksgiving, positive, negative, in between. The core concept of the holiday is to take a moment to take stock of what you have. It's a good idea. Every so often, look around and acknowledge, depending on anyone's situation, […]

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SQL Server 2022 and Learning

Microsoft announced the release of the next version of SQL Server, 2022. There's a bunch of new enhancements that we can all get excited about. I can't wait to test the "Parameter Sensitive Plan" optimization myself. We can look forward to seeing this stuff in action, and in detail, at the PASS Data Community Summit […]


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Learning Is Challenging, So, Forgive Yourself

In addition to trying to get better at SQL Server, Redgate Software, and all the various aspects of my job, I'm also trying to get better at this whole human interaction thing AND I'm working on trying to learn PostgreSQL much more deeply. Whew! Yeah, may not seem like a whole lot, but I assure […]

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Volunteer For Something

I spent a chunk of the day yesterday, after work, but before working on a new book (yeah, I've got two jobs now), playing with my radios. I was programming the digital one to get it to use my Raspberry Pi as a hotspot (it used to work, now it doesn't). I also spent some […]

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