1 year old sandwich

It’s been an interesting day. It was the 1 year anniversary of SQLSandwiches today. It was also my last day working in New Zealand. That’s right, I decided to leave my current role as DBA at Foodstuffs. Mrs. Sandwiches and I are headed back to the States to be closer to our family.

Foodstuffs was my second job in New Zealand. I enjoyed my time working there. My managers were great and let me database my day away. I learned a lot and worked with great people. There is a reason people stay there for a long time and after only a short while, I can see why. I also had the best ID ever there.

you got something better?

Back to the sandwiches. I’ve totally slacked off on the blog so far this year in preparation of this big move. Now that I will have some down time, I can catch up on all the half written blogs that I have in my backlog. I’ll be taking the next couple weeks off to travel around Japan and then to the States! Until then it’s going to be lots of reading, running, blogging, and studying for some exams.

So here’s to 1 year blogging under SQLSandwiches and the end of a short but great job in Auckland.

BEER!!!

Final words to Foodstuffs…David, you can keep DTM! HA!

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Code Camp New Zealand 2011

I was unable to attend TechEd this year but I did get a chance to hit up Code Camp. It was a one day free event with four different tracks of six sessions each. I attended all of the SQL sessions and learned some good stuff.

The first session was on Full Text Search by Kent Chenery (blog | twitter). It was a good overview on FTS. I’ve been studying a bit for some upcoming certification exams so reviewing CONTAINS vs FREETEXT as well as FORMSOF was great for me. I didn’t know about the 50 pre-installed filters, either.

Next was supposed to be a session about monitoring your server for $0.00, but speaker Dave Dustin couldn’t speak (literally, he lost his voice). We watched part of a powershell video from PASS 2010 instead.

Then came Steven Wang’s session on minimal logging and moving large chunks of data. He talked about the best way to update/delete large volumes of data by moving what you want to keep and truncating the rest. It was an interesting talk. I want to play around and try out some  more of his ideas. He also covered trace flag 610: which I never heard about.

Last but not least was Leo Miller‘s session on SQL security. He went over how to access SQL using only the builtin\admin group. I’ve used this before and I don’t think it’s that terrible. I was new at a job and no one knew the SA password for one SQL instance. He noted that this feature will be gone in Denali. I have mixed feelings about that. Miller did cover some really cool stuff on SQL injections, though. I never even thought about encrypting SQL commands in HEX, putting the command into a variable, and then executing that variable. He also mentioned putting sp_password in your injection to cover your tracks. Overall, this was my favorite presentation. I wish we had more time to go into detail and actually get to bust out our laptops and play around.

I really enjoyed Code Camp 2011. I can’t wait for the next one. As for Auckland, I think the next event we have coming up is SQLSaturday. Woohoo!

So much Internet…

SQL, SQL, SQL.

When it comes to the SQLs, I know only a fragment of what I could. To fill in those gaps, I read. Oh, do I read. I’ve only read a few SQL books but I have read hundreds of articles and blogs.

Most of the time it goes like this:

“Hmmmm, that looks like an interesting article. Let me give it a nice ‘ol read”

“Oh…what’s this link? To another blog? Sure! Why not?!”

time to reeeeaadddd

Then I must pull myself away and jump back into the databases.

I like blogs that stick to material I am looking for while also keeping my attention. At the same time, I try to avoid blogs that get too personal or complain too much. I keep my personal blog personal and my technical blog focused on the SQLs. I like to read blogs that try to do the same.

Here is my list of the Top 10 blogs I prefer (in no order):

  1. Grumpy Old DBA – the name says it all
  2. DBA Rant – good stories here
  3. SqlBalls
  4. SQL Rockstar
  5. Shaun J Stuart – my recent favorite. Not a ton of updates but great posts
  6. Pinal Dave – Used to be my favorite but there is such a thing as too much content – it’s hard to keep up
  7. Happy SysAdmin – Great for learning some Admin skillz
  8. Paul White – Wowzer. This guys knows a lot.
  9. sqlchicken
  10. SQL Princess – She loves some CTE’s
I like bloggers who I can relate to. Many times they have the same problems I have and/or present alternative solutions.

The last thing I would like to say to all these blogs is – thanks! You’ve helped me a lot.

Do you read blogs? If so, which ones?