For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, Ewald asked who’s made a difference in our careers.
When I first got started out in SQL Server, all I had was books and Books Online. Back then, neither of them were particularly well-indexed, nor were they up to date.
Then I found a web site that turned things around.
Brad McGehee wrote web posts that were smart, easy to understand, and straight to the point. I was able to get in, get my problems solved, learn a little, and get back to work – all for free. (I’m not linking to the site because Brad sold it, and the new owners haven’t done a good job of keeping it up, and a lot of the advice is irrelevant – hey, it’s 15+ years old now!)
Brad then became an evangelist for Red Gate. When they wanted to send a DBA to space, Brad starred in a series of videos that challenged DBAs to answer trivia questions. (I had a lot of laughs out of that, especially Brad’s awesome behind-the-scenes videos.)
In 2012, Brad’s family situation changed, and he did the admirable thing: he gave up public life to be a “regular” DBA again and focus on his family. But as far as I’m concerned, Brad will never be a “regular” DBA – he’s an inspiration to me.
Every time I run into Brad at SQL Server conferences, I’m happy to see him. He’s just a really nice guy who helped set my database career in motion, and I can’t thank him enough. I’ve said it privately, but I’ve never said it publicly, so here you go: thank you, Brad. I thank you, DBAs from the 2000s all thank you, and your family thanks you. You do good work.