Planes, Trains, and #SQLFamily

It's my favorite time of year again - Autumn. It gets colder, the days get shorter, leaves change colors, and there's that little annual event called PASS Summit. This year I have even more reasons to love it because I was able to work 2 more events into my trip: SQL Saturday Oregon and Red Gate's SQL in the City in Seattle. It's going to be an amazing week (which also means I'm going to be running around like crazy)! Here's a partial list of things I'll be up to and places I'll be! Friday 31 October Flying to my 2nd…
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Break Stuff Like an Expert

This post is part of the DBA JumpStart series being written by myself and 19 other professionals from the SQL Server community and coordinated by John Sansom (@SQLBrit). It has been compiled into a free eBook, which can be found here. Be sure to download a copy! If you could give an aspiring DBA just one piece of advice what would it be? My favorite thought on this topic is don't be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are one of the ways that we learn. Make a lot of them, and you'll have many opportunities to learn. Really. I hear the term "expert" thrown…
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PASS Summit 2014 Early Bird Rate Ends Friday!

Just a quick note that the PASS Summit 2014 Early Bird rate of $1095 ends Friday 6 December. You don't have to look very hard to find lots of blog posts about how PASS Summit is an amazing experience at any price, but this is a great opportunity to save $1200 off the full registration rate. Starting Saturday 7 December the price increases to $1395.I've always registered during the early bird period as a kind of safety net. If you are planning on attending no matter what, it's totally worth it. Here's how I see the possible outcomes by registering…
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SQLFriends: A Different Kind of Gathering

Imagine you had the chance to get together with other data professionals in your area in a setting outside of a training session or user group meeting. There's no formal agenda, just an excellent meal and some great conversation. Perhaps a respected expert is available to answer questions and bounce ideas off of. Does this sound appealing? If so, you should check out SQLFriends. This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever SQLFriends event! SQLFriends is the brainchild of Aaron Lowe (blog | @Vendoran) who, as he described it, wanted to come up with a SQL Server…
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Thoughts on #SQLFamily

This is the second time I've participated in the "Meme Monday" blog events that have been brought to us by Tom LaRock (blog | @SQLRockstar). The topic is on what "SQL Family" means to us. A few things popped into my head as soon as I read it, and I'm happy to share them: First and foremost SQLFamily means there's people you can count on for help, no matter what time it is. Twitter definitely makes this possible, because there's always people in our family awake in some part of the world, online and chattering about something. The #sqlhelp hash…
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