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Things You Know Now…

Michelle Ufford aka SQLFool tagged me in her blog post, Things you know now…, and asked “It doesn’t have to be DBA skills, but what do you wish you knew when you were starting?”

Here’s my top 3 (well not really my top 3 cause I’m going to try and not say something that has already been said…):

1) Don’t stay in one job for too long

As an indepenent contractor this one doesn’t apply as much as when I was a fulltime salary employee but… during any fulltime job I had over the past 12+ years when I started looking for that next job I felt like I knew it all. Each job after the last taught me that I didn’t know as much as I thought. Every time I thought I had mastered everything there was to know about SQL Server there was some other facet that I may of known about (or not) but hadn’t fully engulfed myself in. So don’t stay in any one job too long… a good time to look for a change is when you feel like you “know it all”

2) The community is a wonderful place… get into it!!

It still amazes me that there are so many highly skilled SQL Server peeps out there willing to “geek out” with you over stuff that you’re into or working on. I had been a community voyeur for many years and thought it was a good place to find stuff but it’s so much more once you’re actually interacting and being a part of it. I got so motivated by getting more involved that I actually started a SQL PASS Edmonton Chapter just to get even more involved and help other people who are wanting to get involved.

3) Blog From Fact Not From Experience.

Confused yet? Recently I wrote a blog post about SQL 2008 Row Constructors where I made a comment in the post of something to the effect of: “or if you like UNIONS (and I wont go into why you SHOULDN’T like UNIONS lol)”. At the time of writing I thought it might be a bit much but I let it slide. Someone asked me about my “hate-on” for UNIONs and asked for some context and when it came right down to it I didn’t have anything really negative to say about UNIONs and found my dislike with UNIONs was more about how people MISUSED them rather then their function. It’s like if someone decided to play hockey with a golf club and it didn’t work well… should you throw out the golf club and say it sucks or educate the user that a golf club is meant for golf and NOT hockey. Anyways that comment/conversation showed me that my opinions about UNIONs came from people misusing it rather than their actual functionality/purpose.

Tag! You’re it.

I’m “paying it forward” and calling out these guys to post their own responses (this is getting to be like a geek chain letter):

(@mrdenny on Twitter) http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/sql-server/
(@Peschkaj on Twitter)  http://facility9.com/
(@RaOsolage on Twitter) http://raosolage.net/

Enjoy!!


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