It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

Thus, begins one of the greatest stories of all time, or at least so I’m told.

And so, begins my blog. I figure if it’s good enough for Charles Dickens, it’s good enough for me.

The impetus behind this blog is to help the “normal” person make sense out of the more technical things that we delve into our normal daily lives as a SQL DBA, Developer, BI Associate, etc.…

First off, a little about me. I’ve been using SQL for over 15 years now. In my very first job that I worked with SQL at, I ended up being the DBA – mainly because the others who knew more about SQL than I did got fired for running a porn site on the company’s servers, but that’s a story for another day. Being that I had absolutely no previous training as a DBA — or for that matter, hadn’t really thought about working with SQL on a day-to-day basis – I became what is known as an “accidental DBA.” I spent several months learning all that I could about SQL Server itself – the tools, the engine behind it, everything it took to make it run. And then, I spent the next several years unlearning what I had spent so much time attempting to learned.

Over the next several years and several jobs, I was able to use SQL Server – learning what I would later grow to love – DTS\SSIS, SSMS, SSRS, even the R language — all great tools when used correctly. One of the things that I’ve been able to do during my tenure at several companies is to work with the everyday user to help them to understand the more technical terms. That is my goal with this blog – to help put the more technical terms into everyday English. Now this doesn’t mean that I will talk only about the basics. I will explain as much as I can, whether it is extremely deep into SQL Server or if it covers IT in general.

Also, please feel free to make comments or ask any questions that you come to you. It just might be the next topic discussed!


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