Archive for April 23, 2012

I am a bit late this month for the April #Meme15 question. But after I started thinking about it and looking at the question, I found this to be useful for me at least so I thought I would go ahead and post it.

See there are a few really good #meme threads this month I think the question asked by Jason Strate (B|T), points to the other one called T-SQL Tuesdays that normally post around the second Tuesday of the month. The #meme15 was started and is hosted by Jason Strate and for the most part is related to the skills that a Database Professional needs that are not just technical. If you want to see this month’s question just click on the #meme15 logo, the question for this month was:

What are ten blogs that you think other SQL Server professionals should be following but might not be?

So, #meme15 I would like to introduce you to T-SQL Tuesday. Now granted I know that you understand each other for the most part, and to be honest I am not sure but you may have even met in the past. However, I wanted to point out that when I have a little extra time, and I am looking at the different blogs that are out there I came to the conclusion that there are just way to many really good ones to get the list down to just 10. So if I were talking to a new database Professional, and I was trying to point them in the direction of blogs that they must follow, I would have them start by following a T-SQL Tuesday topic that they really enjoyed. By the way, I would make sure that I recommend that Database Professionals follow #meme15 as well. I think there are a lot of Soft Skills here that are not taught anywhere else.

T-SQL Tuesday was started by Adam Machanic (B|T) and has a great participation ratio. The premise of T-SQL Tuesday that I like so much is the fact that it is hosted by someone different almost each month. This means that you get questions from a lot of different viewpoints. Some are from development, some from administrators. I have seen some BI questions and even a good second chance topic. I have to be honest and tell you that next month I am hosting T-SQL Tuesday and I have a question for the community that I am really passionate about. So I hope you have the opportunity to participate, and if you are not a blogger than I hope we have a lot of participation and this can bring a lot of information to you.

So, where does that leave us? Well one thing that I did when I learned I get to host a T-SQL Tuesday was to go out and find out all the past questions that have been asked, I didn’t want to ask a question that had already been asked. Then as I was looking at the past questions I thought, hey… I should jot these down; put them up on the blog.

What are the ten blogs I think you should follow; I think you should start here. I know there is a lot more than 10. But as you follow the links you will find the people that you like, and the topics that you like to read about. You can develop your own set of favorites and then you will be well on your way. I hope to see you come back in a couple weeks to see the next T-SQL Questions and answers. And if you want to see the question, well I hope to have it posted a week from today.

1 11/30/09 Adam Machanic Date/Time Tricks
2 1/4/10 Adam Machanic Write a blog post on a “puzzling” topic .
3 2/2/10 Rob Farley Relationships
4 3/1/10 Mike Walsh IO
5 4/5/10 Aaron Nelson Reporting
6 5/3/10 Michael Coles LOB
7 6/1/10 Jorge Segarra What’s your favorite hot new feature in the R2  ?
8 7/13/10 Robert Davis How to do a good interview for your first interview?
9 8/3/10 Jason Brimhall What do you do as a DB professional to earn a little “Beach Time?”
10 9/7/10 Michael Swart Indexes
11 10/4/10 Sankar Reddy Misconceptions in SQL Server
12 10/25/10 Paul Randal Why are DBA skills necessary?
13 7/12/10 Steve Jones What issues have you had in interacting with the business to get your job done?
14 1/10/11 Jen McCown Resolutions
15 2/1/11 Pat Wright Automation in SQL Server
16 2/26/11 Jes Borland Aggregate Functions
17 4/5/11 Matt Velic Apply Knowledge
18 4/29/11 Bob Pusateri Common Table Expressions
19 6/7/11 Allen Kinsel Disasters and Recovery
20 7/5/11 Amit Banerjee T-SQL Best Practices
21 8/3/11 Adam Machanic Reveal your crap to the world
22 9/6/11 Robert Pearl Data-Presentation
23 9/27/11 Stuart Ainsworth Joins
24 10/31/11 Brad Schultz Prox ‘n’ Funx
25 12/5/11 Allen White What T-SQL tricks do you use today to make your job easier?
26 1/2/12 David Howard Please pick any one of the previous 25 T-SQL Tuesday topics and write about it .
27 2/14/12 Steve Jones What big data problems you’ve solved, or interesting ways of working with big data ?
28 3/5/12 Argenis Fernandez Why you specialized, or why you’d like to specialize?
29 4/10/12 Nigel Peter Sammy What do you think is a useful feature of SQL Server 2012?