Professional Development

Recommended Books for SQL Server DBAs and Developers

Book Reviews, SQL Server
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Here’s my favorite SQL Server books for 2016-2014: T-SQL Fundamentals – (updated for SQL 2016) – don’t be fooled by this “fundamentals” title, because everybody who writes T-SQL queries needs this book. It’s the manual we should have been given when we started, and everyone’s going to learn something about concurrency, performance, and updates here. T-SQL Querying…
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8 DBAs talk about their jobs

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OdinJobs.com interviewed eight different DBAs from completely different backgrounds and careers.  The one thing we’ve got in common is that we blog, but outside of that, we’ve got wildly different points of view about the career and what we like about SQL Server. I shall now copy/paste Jason Massie’s hard work at listing each person’s…
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DBA 101: It Takes Confidence

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A good database administrator projects confidence – without being a jerk. This positive yet firm attitude helps the DBA accomplish their job in tough situations: A programmer insists their code is fine, and it’s a database problem that the DBA needs to fix A manager asks the DBA how much to budget for server hardware…
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What’s the Largest Database You’ve Worked With?

When hiring a production DBA, I start by asking them, “In terms of file size, what’s the largest database you’ve worked with?” In a perfect world, we’d only hire very experienced candidates, people who’ve worked with larger databases than we’re dealing with. In reality, though, we can’t always afford those candidates – if they’re even…
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Hiring the Best DBAs: From a DBA Perspective

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A few more collected notes from my recent interviews: Sell Them On Your Company Right Away In your company’s reception area, have a few pieces of relatively up-to-date reading material about your industry, or even better, about your company in specific.  The company I ended up choosing, had a great marketing booklet describing the relationships…
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Blogging, privacy, and my new job

Blogging
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Yesterday, one of my soon-to-be-former coworkers, Kiran, tipped me off to an NPR story on blogging and privacy. Steve Inskeep spoke with a grad student who writes a few Myspace blogs with his personal journal, political ramblings, and – whee – a blog about blogs. The student observed that he doesn’t know anyone who’s been…
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Resistance to blogging

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I’ve encountered two instances this week where people dug in their heels and refused to even think about blogging as a communications medium. #1: A Michigan friend of mine has been struggling with web development for years while trying to build a site to document his sailing travels. He wants a simple site – the…
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NPR and Blogging

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As I sit here in my car outside Starbucks, NPR is doing a story on blogging. They describe a site with One Minute Vacations – sixty-second sound clips of people’s trips in various cities. You can jump online, take a quick respite from your busy day, and transport yourself to Ghana, Stockholm, or any number…
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