Daily Coping 4 Jan 2022

I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.

Today’s tip is to set a career goal to focus on this year.

I have to admit this one is hard. I’m in my 50s, near the end of my career. I honestly hope this is the last job that I have where I need to work. I hope I find things to keep my busy in retirement, which might be paid jobs, but I’m hoping this is my last full time, need a paycheck job.

I do usually set some goals to help me keep working on myself, but seeing this as a “career goal” makes me think I ought to be more ambitious.

I don’t worry or aim for too many technical skills, but I would like to get better at helping my employer do well. As a result, I’m going to set a goal this year to brush up on Oracle and learn about PostgreSQL. In doing this, I want some way to measure this, so here it is:

  • Set up a git repo with folders to SQL Server, Oracle, and PostgreSQL.
  • Create 3 pipelines that will CI changes for each platform.
  • Have a release pipeline to each platform, likely hitting a container somewhere for each platform.
  • Ensure that I can demo this and that I know enough Pl/SQL and pgsql that when I write T-SQL, I can duplicate it in the other languages.

Not really a high bar, but something to work on this year.

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