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We Lost Gareth Swanepoel.

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Thirteen years ago, I met Gareth Swanepoel (@GarethSwan) for the first time, interviewed him for his first real sysadmin job, and … turned him down. Gareth Swanepoel circa 2007 Thankfully, my manager overruled me and hired him anyway. Thank goodness – and thank goodness Gareth forgave me for my incredibly bad judgment, hahaha. Gareth proved…
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As an Attendee, What’s Important to You In a New Data Community?

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With PASS shutting down, it’s time to think about what the community builds in its place. There are a lot of efforts going towards building replacements for PASS, including Microsoft’s own efforts. Because these efforts are often led by active community volunteers, they’re very well in touch with what event organizers, sponsors, and speakers want…
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How to Learn SQL Server in One Year

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You’ve been using Microsoft SQL Server for a few years, and it’s becoming increasingly important to your job. You can write a query, but… You feel like something’s missing. You attended a few local user groups or meetups before the quarantines hit, but you were disappointed at how scattered the sessions were. The material was…
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Free Webcast on Dynamic SQL Pro Tips

Dynamic SQL is one of the most powerful tools in the database developer’s arsenal. When you need a complex search stored procedure that takes all kinds of parameters (price, category, location, color), dynamic SQL can run extremely quickly by leveraging better indexes. However, when done wrong, it’s extremely painful to troubleshoot. I’ve been working with…
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Fundamentals of Index Tuning

Announcing Two Free Live Fundamentals Courses This Wednesday & Thursday

During the quarantines, I’m trying to keep you busy with free online training. Last week, I unveiled the new free Quest Database Training Days, and this week, I’ve got another one. I’m going to teach my Fundamentals classes live, free! Wednesday, Fundamentals of Index Tuning – 9:00-5:00 Eastern (13:00-21:00 UTC) – click to see in your own…
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How COVID-19 Affects Conferences

SQLBits just postponed their event, and I’m stepping out of SQL Saturday Iceland as well. I’ve had the unusual position of being a conference attendee, speaker, and sponsor, all at different times of my life, so I wanted to do a quick brain dump explaining some of the gotchas involved behind the scenes. Canceling a…
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What Should I Submit to the PASS Summit?

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Our industry’s biggest conference, the PASS Summit 2020, just opened their pre-conference workshop call for speakers. I’m going to submit a couple of sessions, but I want to hear from you first: if you were going to try to convince your boss to buy you a pre-conference workshop at Summit, what would be the topics…
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