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SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting and DBA Survivor

OK so I’m back from an extended vacation from and although my vacation had nothing to do with warm weather, beaches, or bacon it was time well spent on finishing up my chapters for the soon to be released Pro Server 2008 Policy-Based Management book.

After going through this process I have a whole new respect for anyone who takes on the challenge of writing a book.  It is a long and painful process that will eat up any and all free time that you have but it is probably one of the most rewarding challenges that I’ve taken on and I can’t wait to get my own “AUTHORS COPIES” box in the mail (great post/video BTW Tom)

2 books that are on my “must read” list now that I’m going to have more free time are:

SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting and DBA Survivor


Brent and Tom both have always been great resources to help troubleshoot, bounce ideas off of, and just always willing to lend a hand in anything I’ve sent their way and I’m quite interested to give their books a read and a review.  Tom is the technical editor for my book and although he never really explained what he meant by “punch harder” I think/hope I got the idea LOL.

I’ll admit that I haven’t picked up a book since starting this whole co-authoring a book started back in September/09.  So I thought these two books would be a great place to start getting back into reading because the authors have both helped shape and guide my SQL path greatly over the last year or two.

So here’s to getting back into reading, blogging more often, and just generally getting back in touch with the world LOL


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  1. Brent Ozar says:

    Ha! The “punch harder” reference comes from me tweeting about what the authoring process felt like. It was like I was punching myself in the junk as fast and as hard as I could, while the publisher stood behind me telling me to punch harder and faster.

    Did you get a copy of ours? I asked for one to be sent to you – if you didn’t get it, let me know what your mailing address is.

  2. HAHAHHA nice… maybe one day if/when I tech edit a book I can pass along those words of wisdom… from Brent to Tom… from Tom to Colin… from Colin to ???

    I did get a copy (thanks!!!) which is another great reason why it is one of the two books I’m going to tackle next… 🙂

    Thanks and good luck with the MCM training!

  3. Chris Wood says:

    Which EDMPASS meeting will you have a book signing at?


  4. LOL Chris

    I’m quite sure my “autograph” will not be sought after enough for a book signing… but I’ll always be more then willing to sign a book and chat about PBM with anyone at the meetings 🙂

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