This post is not long enough to be a fully-fleshed out post on my technical blog, so I'm putting it here. Understanding Optimizer Timeout and how Complex queries can be Affected in SQL Server by Joseph Pilov is a worthy read if you're at all interested in how query plans are built.
(Originally posted on my technical blog.) For the last six months or so, I have been helping some really smart people put words on paper, both the physical and electronic kind, which is hopefully going to culminate in an actual technical book that I can point to and say “Yes, that’s the name I invented … Continue reading SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out
(Originally posted on my SQL Server blog.) Next week, while blog posts are scheduled as expected, I will be attending my third PASS Summit. Summit 2014 In my first year, I attended every single event I could. The Monday night started with Steve Jones' regular Networking Dinner. When I arrived, there were already over a hundred people there, … Continue reading What to do at PASS Summit 2016
I've been remiss in keeping my followers up to date on what's happening this year. In the beginning of the year I worked on a student film called Joy To The World, in which I played the boss of a Mall Santa agency, which refuses to hire the actual Santa Claus, because his résumé isn't … Continue reading Theatre, film, web series and voice acting updates
This post was originally published on my SQL Server blog. I worked on four films in 2015, three shorts and one feature-length movie, all shot in Calgary where I live. That has resulted in seven IMDb credits for me, someone who earns a living as a DBA. If nothing else, that experience has scratched an … Continue reading Filmmaking as a Metaphor for the DBA
As of last Saturday, I'm now on the conference circuit as a speaker. It feels really weird to say that, because it was thrilling and terrifying at the same time. This was the room I spoke to (photos taken during setup, which is why it's empty). This all started because Argenis Fernandez (twitter | blog) … Continue reading I’m a presenter now
Normally I like to keep my SQL Server blog separate to my personal one, but this is too good not to share. I've been selected to speak at SQLSaturday in Vancouver, on 27 June 2015. My topic is related to Azure Blob Storage and restoring SQL Server backups. More information will follow. Stay tuned!
Six-One or Up is the latest post I've written on Born SQL's blog. This piece talks about the end of life of Windows XP and Server 2003 R2, and why you should upgrade.
I passed yesterday. I must have been half asleep last time, because my score was nearly 200 points higher this time around. MCSE: Data Platform is mine!
I failed by one or possibly two questions. My downfall is the multiple option questions, where you have to pick more than one possible answer. I remember exactly which questions lost it for me. I can rewrite earliest in two weeks, according to what I read. Still, I have MCSA! It's not all for nothing.