Russ Thomas – SQL Judo

The Art of SQL Server Database Administration, Development, and Career Skills for the Technically Minded

24HOP: Stress Inoculation (2015 PASS Summit Preview Session)

Today was my first dress rehearsal presenting my PASS 2015 presentation to a living audience.  I was fortunate enough to get an invite to 24 hours of PASS.  My session … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Experience; There is no Substitute

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post entitled experience is over-rated.  Today you’ll get a little peak inside my mind while I counter that original argument myself.  Experience, … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Finding Trouble

If there was any one skill I could rank as number 1 for new hires, be they junior or senior, it would be troubleshooting.  If someone out there has a … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Road to SQL Server 2014 MCSE

This afternoon I finally passed the last test in the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert series for Data Platform.  I started the first test in the series while at Tech-Ed 2013 New … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

Experience Is Overated

Be careful not to read too much into the title.  It’s not a global statement.  Experience has value, but this is my blog and I reserve the right to go on … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

You say po-tay-toh; I say physical reads

Consider the following hypothetical conversation between two DBAs. Alpha: Hey, take a look at the query running in prod.  It’s generating a ton of reads. Omega: 40 thousand reads?  That doesn’t seem so high. … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TSQL Tue #59: My Heroes

I’m looking forward to reading the TSQL2SDAY posts this month.  Hero worship is something I have a bit of a problem with.  The problem being, there are way too many … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment