Hello Dear Reader! Last September I was approached with a tremendous opportunity to become the Managing Author for the Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 book by Wrox. We worked throughout the CTP phase and solidified the book after RTM. By the end of July all the pages were in, all the chapters proofed, and we all had a collective sigh of relief.
I was joined in this book by Steven Wort, Ross LoForte, Chad Churchwell (@chadchurchwell | blog), and Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken | blog) from Microsoft and Adam Jorgensen (@ajbigdata | blog), Brian Knight (@BrianKnight), Kim Hathaway (@sqlkimh), Roger Wolter (@rwolter50 | blog), Dan Clark, and Kathy Vick (@MSKathyV | blog) from Pragmatic Works.
Tech reviewing the book we had Kathi Kellenberger (@auntKathi ), Jason Strate (@StrateSQL | blog), and my buddy Daniel Taylor (@DBABulldog | blog).
The initial goal was to just update the book. It quickly became a project to gut and replace old ideas with newer material, a vision that continued to grow and should make the next release of the Pro Admin series drastically different even from this book.
I couldn't be prouder of this crew. Roger Wolter is a former PM from Microsoft who helped write Service Broker, and has done some of the largest and most interesting implementations of it in the world. You will see his handy work on Chapter 6 on Service Broker and Chapter 8 on Securing the Database Instance.
I worked with Jorge very closely before he joined Microsoft. He is an amazing guy, with a thirst for new knowledge. Jorge took Chapter 1 on the SQL Server Architecture and 24 on SQL Server Azure Administration and Configuration.
My friend Kim Hathaway and I teamed up Chapter 2 Installation Best Practices and Chapter 3 Upgrading SQL Server 2014 Best Practices. Dan Clark, .NET coding wiz and all around BI knowledge base, lent his talents to Chapter 7 SQL Server CLR Integration.
Kathy Vick a former Microsoftie with two tours of duty, who has been working with SQL Server since it was still called Sybase prior to 4.2 has Chapter 13 on Performance Tuning T-SQL and Chapter 14 on Indexing your Database.
Bradley Schacht did more than can be mentioned for the BI side of the house in this book. He wrote Chapter 23 on SQL Server and SharePoint Integration. Chad is a smart and amazing PFE for Microsoft. He joined at the last moment us to take over Chapter 16 on Clustering in SQL Server 2014 and provided a quick and solid contribution to help us over the finish line.
Steven Wort, Ross LoForte, Brian, and Adam all produced the work that is consistent with what we have expected over the years. Superb.
Then there's this guy. Mr. Balls. I was honored to be asked with working with this gifted crew. I wrote Chapter 4 on Managing and Troubleshooting the Database Engine, Chapter 9 In-Memory OLTP (Hekaton), Chapter 10 Configuring the Server for Optimal Performance, and Chapter 11 Configuring the Server for Optimal Performance. Hmmm....I sense a theme.
The link to the book on Amazon is here. Just wanted to say Thanks again to the team that put this together!
Look Mom & Dad, I'm on a Book!!!
As always Dear Reader Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
We decided early on that we have a great opportunity to showcase how we use PowerShell to complete tasks on the Business Intelligence, DBA, and Cloud engagements and pass on real world skills. We also want to do it in a way that things are useful. Our goal is to have things we can give you that will allow you to leave the pre-con and use right away.
We also realized with a bunch of smart guys (and me), presenting we had the opportunity to use Humor and a bit of stage acting. I'll be playing the role of the Zero in our pre con.
"So Balls", you say, "What's a Zero, and how do you play one? (and why are you explaining this)?"
Great questions Dear Reader! First let's talk about, what's a zero? I will be pretending that I do not know how to use PowerShell. That I don't understand how to use the verbiage, variables, function, modular code design, how to import modules, or do a lot of other stuff you need to know. I will need to learn from the ground up as if I'm a beginner in the class.
|Hopefully me at the Summit (without the awkward flying)|
I will ask questions, get explanations, and help bring the audience along. As the day progresses I'll become a hero using concepts and technology to deliver some end to end solutions. I'll even take over the Azure PowerShell portion at the very end of the day.
Why am I explaining this? PASS has an international audience and I'm not a professional actor. I'll do my best but some may miss the humor in what we are presenting. Robert, Jason, and myself spoke last night and we didn't want anyone to think that I didn't actually know PowerShell or give reason to doubt why I'm participating in the pre-con.
So sit back today, enjoy our session. I hope you enjoy me being the Zero, and come to the Summit to find out how to be a Hero with me.
But wait there's more!! Today during out session Robert and I will do most of the talking. Jason will be live answering your PowerShell questions using the #pass24HOP hash tag on twitter, and answering the questions in the room chat on Twitter as well. This promises to be a fun session, hope to see you there!
Here is the link to our pre-con. Here is a link to the 24 Hours of PASS website. Good luck, happy learning, and as always Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
|SQL Sat Puerto Rico|
Hello Dear Reader! Soon SQL Saturday #318 in Orlando FL will be here. The SQL Community does a lot of work at SQL Saturday’s, present at them, and help put them on. When talking about them, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: “Why should I go to a SQL Saturday?”
Almost 4 years ago I attended my first SQL Saturday, attending was a last minute decision and one that has changed my life. I have a real passion for SQL Saturdays, and while results may vary, my simplest answer is “they can be life changing”. Here’s how I got there.
|Summit 2013 - Denny's awesome Party|
The only SQL Event I had ever attended was the first 24 Hours of PASS. I loved it. I watched with eager anticipation, this was the first SQL training I’d ever been to. Every company I’d worked for thus far had balked at sending me to training.
I desperately wanted training. When I discovered the 24 Hours of PASS I became a fan, FREE SQL Training on the internet!!! What a concept! Of course it was to plug the PASS Summit, and if training was a no go you can guess what my chances of ever going to the Summit in 2009 were. ZERO. This was as close as I could get, but closer than I’d ever been before.
So as the PASS Summit 2010 was gearing up there was another 24 hours of PASS. I reserved conference rooms at my company, registered for the events, had a router for network connections set up, and I pumped up the “free” training to the other DBA’s. I worked for two days from there as the sessions were streamed.
|Jorge at SQL Sat Jacksonville|
While talking with the other DBA’s that when the magic moment happened. My friend Greg and my buddy Dan Taylor (@DBABulldog | Blog) said, “If you like the 24 Hours of PASS you’ll love SQL Saturday”. What’s a SQL Saturday I asked?
A free event where Consultants, MVP’s, and SQL Community members set up tracks and have free presentations all day long. I was stunned. It was like I was a child hearing about “FREE CANDY” given out at Halloween for the first time. Where was this? When was this? This weekend! In Orlando! I can do that! I had to pay $5 for my lunch, but other than that no cost. I almost felt like I was getting away with something. As if someone would stop me at the gate and say, “Sorry Sir, you get to sit in the lobby only paying attendees get to see the sessions.” It didn’t happen. I got in just fine.
Tom Larock kicking
off SQL Sat OC
It was everything I’d wanted. Sessions on Wait Stats, PBM, CMS, Indexing, two deep dives one on partitioning and another on CPU! I met DBA’s that understood my pains, issues with hardware stressed beyond capacity, aging relic’s with critical LOB apps that we couldn’t get new hardware for, 3rd party vendors with bad indexes, bad code, and little support. People trying to find a way to survive with NEW insights and experiences sharing openly and free. People who understood my issues without having to pretend that they actually understood.
I met Tom Larock (@SQLRockstar | Blog), Argenis Fernandez (@DBArgenis | Blog), Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken | Blog), Patrick LeBlanc (@PatrickDBA | Blog), and 1 half of my future law firm of Biguns and Balls Jack Corbett (@Unclebiguns | Blog). There were more. Lot’s more. That could take me pages more. The point is I made it and it was like coming home.
|Jason and Steve at SQL Live 360|
That day started it off. Without Kendal Van Dyke (@SQLDBA | Blog), Andy Warren (@SQLAndy | Blog), Karla Landrum (@KarlaKay22 | Blog), and Jack putting on this SQL Saturday 49 I’m not here today.
I submitted to be a speaker at the next event I could, I started a blog (you may be familiar with this one), got on Linked-In, and even got a Twitter account. That event, that one SQL Saturday lead me to presenting at 7 more the next year.
Getting a spot in the 2nd chance track at SQL Rally, getting voted in by the community at the PASS Summit 2011, and being invited to be on the planning committee for SQL Saturday Orlando #85 the following year after I’d first attended.
|Summit 2013 with the guys|
At the end of SQL Saturday Orlando every year we stand up top of a stair case and throw out t-shirts and give away raffle items. In 2012 Andy Warren looked at me while we were tossing out t-shirts and asked “How’s the view from up here?” I grinned imagining about 50 different replies, but in the end it was a simple “amazing” that left my mouth.
My second job after college took me to Virginia. A friend had recommended me for the position. He met me at the airport, as I flew in for my interview, so I would see a friendly face. I thanked him. He told me “I showed you the door, you have to walk through it”. He was right. I did. That job taught me a lot and led me new places.
SQL Saturday was the same way. It showed me the door. Walking through it brought me new acquaintances, some new friends, new ideas, to SSUG’s, the PASS Summit, Dev Connection in Las Vegas, SQL Live 360 in Orlando, two books, and a pretty awesome job at Pragmatic Works.
|Summit 2013 - Karaoke at the Pragmatic Works Party|
This is just the journey so far. Funny how close yet far away 2009 feels. There is always the question, Dear Reader, of where tomorrow will take you. We all start somewhere. Everyone has to have the first time. That brings us back to the question.
Why should you go to SQL Saturday? Because they can be life changing. Hope to see you at one soon, click here to register for Orlando.
As always, Thanks for stopping by.