T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #012: Why DBA skills are necessary

This is my ongoing series of answering T-SQL Tuesday posts far too late to be of any use. Click here if you want to read previous entries. Paul Randal asked us in November 2010 why DBA skills are necessary. As a reminder, DBA stands for Database Administrator, and this unleashes a discussion outside of the
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Professionalism in the age of COVID-19

Some years ago, I wrote about what it means to be “professional” (and that it doesn’t mean having to wear a suit and tie). Recently a conversation broke out on Twitter about what it means in the information security (InfoSec) field. The vast majority of InfoSec people in the conversation railed against the premise that
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Speaking at SQL Saturday Oregon

SQL Saturday Oregon — in the city of Portland — is taking place next weekend on Saturday November 2nd, 2019, and I’ll be presenting a revised edition of my session “Back to the Future with Temporal Tables.” It’s the Saturday before PASS Summit 2019 which is once again in Seattle. I’m giving two sessions there
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Gatekeeping and Accessibility

In my final post about gatekeeping in technology, I have to come clean about something. Let’s go through this journey together. [Edit: At the end of August 2020, Grace Anderson — president and co-founder of I Am A Fighter — reached out to me to share A Comprehensive Guide to Strategies and Benefits of Building a Diverse
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Gatekeeping and the lack of diversity in the workplace

Recently I have become more vocal on Twitter and on my personal blog about my social activism. For the record, I have been an activist for LGBTQIA+ rights since 2001, so if this comes as a surprise to anyone, you haven’t been paying attention. This activism gives me a unique opportunity in my roles as
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Gatekeeping and why language matters

This is the second in a series of posts about gatekeeping in Information Technology and other fields. Negative terminology The language we use matters. In the first post I wrote that a number of words we use by convention need to be phased out, especially if they have negative connotations. I used Michele’s example of
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The importance of backups

I have been selected to present a second session for the PASS Summit in November this year. I wrote a few weeks ago about the Linux Learning Path and being a part of that, so I was certainly not expecting this. My second topic is about backing up, testing, and restoring SQL Server backups if
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All the signs were there, but we didn’t understand them: an essay on gatekeeping in IT

This is the first in a series of posts about gatekeeping in Information Technology and other fields. I am not the first — nor will I be the last — to say that the terminology we use in the technology sphere is problematic. Language and gender bias Let’s look at several tweets collected in the
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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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