David Burrows wrote:
Jeff Moden wrote:
IIRC, it was David Poole that said "If you're the first person people come to with database problems rather than the last, you might be an exceptional DBA".
They do only because I am the only person that remotely resembles a DBA, but I am far from exceptional. :-/
You might be mistaking what "Exceptional" means in this case. It doesn't mean "All Knowing" about everything having to do with SQL Server. It means that you're always willing to help others in what they do and will go the extra mile to do so.
It's like the MS MVP award. A lot of people mistake it as someone that is an expert in SQL Server and that's NOT what it is. It's a "public service" award based on volume of posts/blogs/articles and participation in events like SQLSaturday, etc.
Don't get me wrong... There are a whole lot of MVPs that actually ARE experts in what they do/post about but there are also a lot of MVPs that don't actually get it right when it comes to WHAT they post... but they're still MVPs for trying to help, sometimes based on shear volume of posts.
You say the folks in your shop come to you because you're the closest thing to being a DBA there is. They could just as easily go to "Yabingooglehoo" for answers but, instead, they seek you out. While it's not my job to judge, I do "follow" you on these forums for a reason... you're posts over the last more than a decade have always been helpful and you've always been thoughtful in your responses.
You, sir, actually are an "Exceptional DBA" (and exceptional person) and I appreciate every one of your posts.
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First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
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How to post code problems
Create a Tally Function (fnTally)