It’s a UNIX system. I know this.

Jurassic Park was a great film. Steven Spielberg brought technology into the film era in a major way with computer generated dinosaurs and some now-classic film lines, many of which came from Jeff “Dreamboat” Goldblum. One other line that seems to be making a comeback is the title of this post, uttered by the character
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A look back, and a look forward

Time flies. My father used to wear a t-shirt that claimed, “When you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.” I’m turning 40 in a few days. I still feel like a teenager in many respects. SQL Server, released in 1989, is 27 years old now. It’s about the same age I was when a
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SQL Saturday 607 Calgary 2017

SQL Saturday in Calgary!

I am very happy (and terrified) to announce that Calgary will host its very first SQL Saturday, #607, on 29 April 2017. Noel Tan and I are organising it (though Noel is doing all the hard work), and my company is sponsoring the main prize, a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. I would like to invite
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The Interview Process

Interview Questions for a SQL Server DBA

When I’m interviewing a SQL Server DBA, I have three questions that I always ask. My favourite interview question is this: “What is the difference between a clustered and a non-clustered index?” My second favourite question is this: “What is the right disaster recovery strategy for my company?” The first question is one of basic
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Career Limiting Moves – Reply All

In a recent episode of a Netflix show called Grace & Frankie, a vitriolic and profanity-ridden email with very damaging statements was accidentally sent to a mailing list. Fortunately for the characters involved, Siri auto-corrected most of the really bad stuff, and Vin Diesel became an unwitting participant in the storyline. Unfortunately, there’s real life,
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Career Limiting Moves – Assigning Blame

I worked for a vendor implementation partner in the early part of my career, and oftentimes that meant having to set up a training lab, from unpacking rented PCs and plugging them in to getting a full training environment installed and configured. This included the operating system (usually Windows NT 4 Workstation or Windows 98),
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Career Limiting Moves – Saying No

IT departments get a lot of flak because members are accused of saying no to what staff think are perfectly reasonable requests. In this second post of my series about career limiting moves, I’m going to tell you about the time I told someone no and immediately regretted it. My second full-time job, after working
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Career Limiting Moves – Dropping a Table

In this new series, I will share some things that took place early in my career that could have resulted in my looking for new work—but didn’t! This post is also evidence that I haven’t always worked with SQL Server. I used to work with a PeopleSoft implementation partner, sometime last century. One morning I
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