An interview with Jeff Moden: Exceptional DBA of 2011 and natural helper

  • Bob Cramblitt

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  • Anipaul

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    Great Jeff Great Talk!!! Thanks for all the help you provided to all of us!!!

    We should also thank Rich Bay and your boss πŸ™‚ for the "accident", otherwise we may miss this great SQL UMBRELLA named Jeff Moden....

  • sharath.chalamgari

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    Congrats Jeff, this will be really inspirational for other sql folks.

  • Orlando Colamatteo

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    Congratulations Jeff, and Thank You for all you do πŸ™‚

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  • sql_lock

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    Simply, well deserved!!!

  • Jim Murphy

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    Congratulations Jeff! Well deserved. Really.

    I look forward to meeting you at The Summit in a few weeks!

    I especially appreciate your spirit of giving. Let me tell you, as a full time consultant, many of my peers and companions are 'takers', always looking for a way to keep what they know to themselves to keep money coming in. The job security argument. I CAN'T STAND THAT! Teaching is giving and when done with a giving attitude (rather than a taking [of glory] attitude, it is a beautiful thing.

    Please, keep it up as I know you will... Because you can't help it. You ARE a giver, not a taker in disguise.

    Thanks for all of your help around here.

    Jim Murphy
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  • Chris Harshman

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    I'd just like to say how glad I am that Jeff is a part of the SQL Server community, and say thanks for all I've learned from his writings. He's such an inspiration! :Wow:

  • Evil Kraig F

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    *claps* Rock on ya old whitebeard! Us younguns are still learnin' every day from ya! πŸ˜€


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  • Roy Ernest

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    Evil Kraig F (9/21/2011)


    *claps* Rock on ya old whitebeard! Us younguns are still learnin' every day from ya! πŸ˜€

    You a youngun? :hehe:

    Great job Jeff.. Looking forward to meet you at the Summit. We will meet on Monday evening at the Lowells. πŸ™‚

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  • ken.trock

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    Jeff, congratulations on the award. I know everytime I need a solution to a database programming problem my well trained programmer brain wants to construct a loop. Then I think about you and your teachings keeping us out of RBAR!

    Ken

  • Harveysburger

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    Thumbs up from Curaçao

  • Jeff Moden

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    Anipaul (9/20/2011)


    Great Jeff Great Talk!!! Thanks for all the help you provided to all of us!!!

    We should also thank Rich Bay and your boss πŸ™‚ for the "accident", otherwise we may miss this great SQL UMBRELLA named Jeff Moden....

    Thanks for the great feedback, Anipaul. The article on my interview has actually been cut back quite a bit... It's actually Rich Bay that I have to thank for my primordial anti-RBAR sentiment.

    During the week that Rich was on-site and acting as an SQL Mentor to me when he had the time, I ran into a bit of a problem in SQL and originally resorted to trying to solve the problem with RBAR. Now, Rich had assigned chapters for me to study in the books we bought for my education on SQL Server. I didn't realize it at the time, but he'd intentionally left out the chapters on loops and cursors. Rich is a mild mannered gentleman, but when I asked Rich how I would assign a variable a value from a row so I could loop through the rows, he almost snarled while saying "For that you'd need a cursor... and if you ever write one for something like this, I'm all done teaching you."

    Let's just say that particular lesson stuck like glue. πŸ™‚

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "If "pre-optimization" is the root of all evil, then what does the resulting no optimization lead to?"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Jeff Moden

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    sharath.chalamgari (9/21/2011)


    Congrats Jeff, this will be really inspirational for other sql folks.

    Thanks, Sharath. I really do hope this helps inspire others especially when it comes to sharing knowledge. I try to help because the "teacher" in me gets a great thrill to watch someone's "light" come on. What I didn't realize when I first started sharing info is how much good info comes back to you... there's always someone with a nifty trick that you might not have thought of. The "Tally Oh" and "Replace Multiple Spaces" articles are prime examples of where just such a thing happened. Just several hours after each article came out, someone either made an improvement that I'd not thought of or came up with an alternate method that was even better than the one I wrote about.

    The old saying is "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Believe it. Help others and you'll be amazed at how much knowledge people will share in return.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "If "pre-optimization" is the root of all evil, then what does the resulting no optimization lead to?"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Jeff Moden

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    opc.three (9/21/2011)


    Congratulations Jeff, and Thank You for all you do πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Orlando. I've not forgotten the pair of articles you and I want to write together. It's going to be a whole lot of fun writing them. Now that SQLSaturday #84 has come and gone, I'm finishing up a couple of things I need to get done and then I'll start writing my half. I'll definitely be in touch.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "If "pre-optimization" is the root of all evil, then what does the resulting no optimization lead to?"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Jeff Moden

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    sql_lock (9/21/2011)


    Simply, well deserved!!!

    Thank you for the feedback. I aim to please. I sometimes miss, but I'm always aiming. πŸ™‚

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "If "pre-optimization" is the root of all evil, then what does the resulting no optimization lead to?"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

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