What would you like to learn or for me to talk about?

Hi all.

Just a quick blog post to say that I would like to thank everyone who has visited this site, sent me emails or comments on social media. It makes all my efforts worthwhile and further motivates me to continue blogging.

Now I would like to reach to everyone and find out what they would like to learn more about. This helps me to cater for my audience and give me new ideas for future blog posts.

Thanks once again to everyone and have a great day.

 

 

Ruby Rails challenge

I overheard a conversation the other day in the office about some of my colleagues all challenging themselves to do an Iron Man race as they always wanted to do it and they thought it would be fun to do it as well.

This got me thinking about my own dreams and challenges I could set for myself. Whilst an Iron Man competition sounds fun it doesn’t appeal to me and I have thought about what I could do in a short period of time to both experience something new and to learn and grow.

I have always had a niggling desire to create apps and my existing knowledge of  C#, Python, SQL and PowerShell has been primarily geared towards solving administrative tasks rather than creating programs. After a short deliberation in my head I have decided that I will start knocking out a few apps over the next few months and hopefully share any knowledge I have picked up  over that time.

A quick Google around showed that there were two ways to go to fulfil my goal and those were Ruby & Rails or Python & Django. I know there are pros and cons to both options and didn’t want to get stuck in that malaise so I have chosen the Ruby & Rails route.

The two reasons for choosing Ruby & Rails is because its shiny and new for me and there appears to be a growing community of users which I would like to be a part of and the other reason is there is a meetup local to myself for Ruby programmers which gives me less than a month to learn the basics of Ruby programming and to produce at least one rudimentary app.

I have signed up to onemonth.com for their Rails program and will do the Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl on SafaribookOnline.com which should give me a firm foundation and hopefully I will be able to contribute in that meetup.

I will post regular updates about my progress and hope this public announcement will keep me accountable. Also, I probably be posting a whole load of Ruby & Rails related blogs and hope that everyone finds them enjoyable and informative.

Now I want to turn the tables and ask all my readers what they will be doing over the next few months to learn, grow and most importantly have fun.

 

 

2015 My first review

I am just writing a quick blog review for my 2015 plans. I know that its a bit early for a review but I have always believed in the saying ‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.’  Therefore I am just making a minor course correction to ensure my goals have been met.

So far I am keeping to my plan of blogging at least once a week and finding that not trying to keep to a daily posting schedule has kept me more motivated to produce content for my blog.

I have connected my blog to my Twitter account, Facebook fan page and Linkedin profile which is promoting my blog and hopefully I can help spread my knowledge.

My plan of converting posts to YouTube videos hasn’t progressed very far as I haven’t

 

  • Blog at least once a week

 

So far I am keeping to my plan of blogging at least once a week and finding that not trying to keep to a daily posting schedule has kept me more motivated to produce content for my blog.

 

  • Promote my Twitter and Facebook page

 

I have connected my blog to my Twitter account, Facebook fan page and Linkedin profile which is promoting my blog and hopefully I can help spread my knowledge.

 

  • Convert all my posts into Youtube videos

 

My plan of converting posts to YouTube videos hasn’t progressed very far as I haven’t checked any software out but will do it later in the month.

 

  • Try and do a at least one themed month of Blogging. I am thinking of something like a month of Powershell one liners, 31 days of DMVs etc.

 

My first month of themed blogging has started off to great success and I hope that I can do more of these each month.

Jan Theme for Learn SQL Free – Programming / Control of flow elements of T-SQL

After a short amount of thought about what would a be a cool theme for January I decided that a series of posts on the Programming / Control of flow elements of T-SQL.

I will try and cover all of the below commands this month which cover almost all the programming elements of T-SQL.

CASE
DECLARE
BEGIN…END
RETURN
BREAK
THROW
CONTINUE
TRY…CATCH
GOTO label
WAITFOR
IF…ELSE
WHILE

and the dreaded but often very useful CURSOR

My plans for 2015

Hi to all my readers.

I must confess that my Blogging has suffered during the latter half of my wife’s pregnancy and the first five months of my newborn baby girl’s life.

I have had grand plans about Blogging about Powershell, C#, SQL Server and Python each and everyday but my own unrealistic expectations have come back to roost and I have not really done anything for several months. I have procrastinated on so many things like changing the WordPress theme, email sign up form…. that I have decided that I must now be more honest and committed to growing this Blog.

My plans for 2015 are

  • Blog at least once a week
  • Promote my Twitter and Facebook page
  • Convert all my posts into Youtube videos
  • Try and do a at least one themed month of Blogging. I am thinking of something like a month of Powershell one liners, 31 days of DMVs etc.

 

ABC The best trait of a SQL DBA

Have you ever wondered what the best trait all super SQL DBAs possess? Well I will tell what the best trait is and an easy acronym to remember it.

I had a conversation with one of my colleagues we talked about the different DBAs and System Admins in the company both past and present and he asked me what I had learned having met them all.

It was an easy answer and I replied my ‘ABC.’ He looked perplexed and then I told it him what it stood for.

ABC = Always Be Checking.

As a DBA I see myself as the protector of the data and liaison between users, developers and system admins to ensure that everyone is happy.

The only way I can do that is to follow the ABC.

Check backups

Check SQL jobs

Check database mirroring

Check SQL Logs

Check for unused indexes

Check SA password

Check index suggestions and liaise with developers to implement them and maximise their potential

Check with application managers that users are having a good experience connecting to the database

Etc

Along the DBA journey there are many problems which you will face and many of them can be fixed at source by following the ABC mantra.

If you don’t want to follow the ABC mantra then you will always find yourself reacting to situations rather than managing them.