Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Exciting World of Data

I was honored to have the chance to give the keynote at SQL Saturday #520 in Cambridge this year. This was a quick keynote, and it was fast. I didn’t record it, but people seemed to enjoy it, and I … Continue reading

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Finding the Attribute

I was playing with some Extended Events recently. If you haven’t tried, I’d encourage you to do so. However, working with XML is not my favorite. I know I can get the GUI in SSMS 16.x to show me events, … Continue reading

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The Quiet Zone

I’ve been in a data center when most servers turned off. I’ve actually heard dozens of systems powered off quickly, and it’s a strange sound. You become so used to the white noise of numerous fans that having them turned … Continue reading

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What is the Future of Monitoring?

I read Tom LaRock’s post on the future of monitoring, looking at the rise of machine learning and complex algorithms to evaluate systems. Tom notes that the data input into a system is crucial in determining whether the system can … Continue reading

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DevOps at Microsoft

I’ve been watching Microsoft for quite a few years, with my career being tightly intertwined with the company for 25 years.  I’m amazed by the way the company has changed in the last five years. It’s probably been longer than … Continue reading

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Quick Tips–Using ii in #SQLPrompt

SQL Prompt has lots of great features that can help you write SQL quicker. However, you’ve got to train yourself to use a few of these and not just start to type with your old habits. This quick tip looks … Continue reading

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The Black Boxes

Machine learning and artificial intelligence seem to be the hot topics these days. From bots that can interact with people to systems that learn and grow as they process more data, it seems that science fiction is becoming reality. At … Continue reading

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What Helps You Learn?

There was a post recently asking how to train a junior DBA. What tasks do you give them, how to get them productive, etc. The responses were interesting, but I was struck by one note from a person that is … Continue reading

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More Azure Database Creation in Powershell

I wrote about Azure SQL Database for T-SQL Tuesday #82, but I had a few mistakes in my process, at least from a cost standpoint. Since I’ll probably use this a bit more as I flesh out some CI/CD, I … Continue reading

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Capture the Flag

I’ve read a lot of science fiction in my life. Quite a few books talk about cyberspace and the interactions of humans and software. In Snowcrash there are AI systems defending systems. The Unincorporated Man series has AI systems that … Continue reading

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