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In Depth Learning at the PASS Summit

This past week the pre-conference sessions for the 2018 PASS Summit were released. There’s a good list of topics and speakers, returning and new presenters, that you can choose from. If you’re planning on attending the Summit, I would review the options … Continue reading

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Is the DBA Title Dying?

Not is the DBA joib dying, though we could argue about that as well. Instead, I’m asking if the title of Database Administrator is going away. Are there going to be people that really want to send out resumes and apply … Continue reading

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Are You a Traffic Cop?

There’s a joke that a DBA’s favorite word is “no”. I think that was certainly true for the individual from whom I first learned about Oracle and SQL Server administration. He constantly pushed back on developers and management who requested … Continue reading

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Learning Goals 2018–February Review

Better than month 1. Only XE this month. My first week I got a reminder to spend some time on XE, so I watched a couple modules of Jonathan Kehayias’s Pluralsight course.  A lot of review, but I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Build a Career Radar

I got started in database work during an internship. I was asked to program some Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets to help a department. I was pretty proud of the mess I made, since it helped someone with scheduling. Another person noticed … Continue reading

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Muddle Through

I used to work in the restaurant business. I got started after my first year at college, landing a job waiting tables in a new hotel. It was eye opening for me to see just how stressful and difficult that … Continue reading

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Valentines Day for Data Professionals

It’s Valentine’s Day today, and if you’ve forgotten, you still have time to do a little shopping or show your partner that you value them. While this isn’t a public holiday in any country that I know of, many people do want … Continue reading

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The Learning Choice

I advocate learning constantly for those of us in technology. This might be especially important for data professionals as we are at the nexus of so muc activity these days. Data is important, our systems are under scrutiny for security, … Continue reading

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Learning Goals–January Review

In December I participated in T-SQL Tuesday #97 and wrote a post about 2018 goals. I promptly spent two weeks out of the country and then a relaxing holiday season. Actually, holidays extended slightly with a ski trip and a … Continue reading

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Are You Always Up?

I’ve had the opportunity to work for and with quite a few companies in my career. In some sense working as a database developer or database administratrator is very similar at many places. The “job’s the job,” as I’ve said … Continue reading

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