100 months from now:
Auto-Shrink finally removed from SQL Server source code.
Welcome to my contribution to the 99th installment of T-SQL Tuesday, where Aaron Bertrand (b|t) gives us a choice to spread our wings and talk about our personal passions OR…play it safe and talk about our favorite T-SQL bad habit. This whole T-SQL thing is all Adam’s fault, btw 🙂
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know me more as SQL Cyclist than Kevin3NF. I grabbed that name because it was cool, and well…I’ve been riding bikes since I was 3 years old. I’m waaaay older than that now, and still riding. My racing days are pretty much over, but the passion is still there!
I started out just riding in the neighborhood as most kids do, jumping ramps, skidding, wheelies, etc. All the normal kid stuff. Did a little BMX in the 80’s. I moved into road bikes, track racing and eventually added mountain biking into the mix, which has become my favorite.
In the last 15 years I’ve gotten more and more involved:
I’ve had to dial it back lately for work, family and physical reasons…but the passion is still there. Come to my house in July…and if you can’t tell me who is leading each category in “The Tour” you will be relegated to snack fetching duty as punishment 😉
And now, on to a small portion of the tons of favorite pictures:
That’s a small part of who I am when not being a DBA. The MUCH bigger part is being a husband, father and grandfather…hands down.
Thanks for reading!
T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog party for the SQL Server community. It is the brainchild of Adam Machanic (b|t) and this month’s edition is hosted by Ewald Cress (b|t), asking us to post about those who have made a difference our life in the world of data.
I’d like to call out 3 (of the many) people who have been instrumental in my SQL Server career (and two of them will only see this if I send it to them):
The early years: Max Lutz
Max was my manager at Jobs.com back in 2000. He taught me quite a bit about T-SQL development that I had no clue on. Max had been with Microsoft for some time before jobs.com and came in with a wealth of experience. He also covered me when I took down the company by pointing out that I had implemented a “disaster recovery” plan for situations just like that. I have not seen or heard from him since 2001.
The middle – current: Rand Boyd
Rand is one of my best friends on the planet. I met him in 2004 when I was on the first of two contracts I did at Microsoft in the SQL Support center in TX. He was my go-to for calls where I had no clue what to do. After my second contract was up I recruited him into the job I was moving to and we worked side by side every day either in person or WFH for the next 8 1/2 years. He’s still there, I’ve moved on but we stay in touch as well as 2 introverted DBAs can. His friendship is more valuable to me than all the SQL I know.
The current: Brent Ozar
Cliché? Probably. I met Brent at PASS Summit 2008, when I was wandering around the Daily Grill at the Sheraton the first morning. Brent was waving people over to his table to join him for breakfast. Funny guy, super approachable and great stories. I recall bacon. Tim Ford was there as well and someone else I’ve forgotten the name of. Since then I’ve been reading his blogs, buying his training and went to a pre-con of his at SQL Saturday Houston this year. A lot of people know the same things as Brent, but his style of teaching them works as well for me as it probably doesn’t work for others. I’ve started speaking/presenting this year and in addition to my own personality I’ve brought in some Brent and some Pinal Dave to my style.
Special shout-out to Andy Yun (b|t) for giving me the kick in the pants I needed to start the public speaking journey I began this year. 3 SQL Saturdays, one pre-con and two DFW area independent classes…all in 6 months. I had the chance to thank him in person last week at Summit.
There are a great number of people that could have been mentioned here due to their amazing work in and for the community, but these are the ones that have impacted me directly and in person.
Thanks for reading!
Kevin3NF (<<stalk me!)
T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog party hosted by a different member of the SQL Server Community each month. It is the brainchild of Adam Machanic (b|t). This month’s host is Kendra Little (b|t) who gives us the topic of “Interviewing Patterns and Anti-Patterns“.
Of the suggested choices, I picked:
I’ve been in the workforce for 26 years as of this writing…and in IT since 1998. I have bounced around between Independent Contractor/Consultant, to Full-time employee, to W-2 contractor working for someone else’s client. I’ve been on probably around a hundred face-to-face interviews, several hundred if you add in phone screens and recruiter calls. On the other side of the desk I’ve interviewed dozens of database professionals, either to come work for/with me, or on the behalf of recruiters that didn’t have a SQL Server person that could do the tech screen.
I’ve seen a few things good, bad and ugly along the way. I’ve asked a few brilliant questions, and some seriously stupid ones (“What kind of tree would you be?” Really? Dude….)
My number one rule for a candidate BEFORE you go into an interview:
Yes, that’s more than one number one rule. Its ok, because its my blog and that works here. Its like magic or something.
My rules for when you are interviewing a SQL Server candidate:
Some wacky stories from my past:
That’s all I have. Well…I have tons more, but there are other posts in this months TSQL Tuesday for you to read, so go do that!
Thanks for reading,
T-SQL Tuesday is a blog party started by Adam Machanic (b/t) over five years ago. The first Tuesday of each month a blogger hosts the party and suggests a topic. Anyone who is interested blogs on that topic on the second Tuesday. It can be a lot of fun and quite a challenge to blog on a topic you didn’t pick.
I previously blogged my Predictions for the future of the DBA role, so I offer these posts as my T-SQL Tuesday submission:
Yes Koen, the times are indeed changing, as they have been for years and always will. Remember, your mobile phone has more power than the best computers 50 years ago. And when was the last time you actually saw a buggy-whip? 🙂
Anticipate the changes, test the betas, learn the terminology….or be left behind maintaining that old SQL Server 7.0 install in the corner that everyone is scared to touch.
Thanks for reading!
Feel free to stalk me on twitter…
T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog party for the SQL Server community. It is the brainchild of Adam Machanic (b|t) and this month’s edition is hosted by Kennie N Ponotoppidan (b|t), and covers the topic “The Daily Database WTW” (yes, I know, I changed it to “What the What”. Personal preference…)
Kennie is asking us to post about the most insane thing we’ve seen in SQL Server. Mine was so bad I’ve already blogged about it here, so I’m just going to copy and paste…because I’m lazy 🙂
I walked into a new client in 2015 and found this, all one one server: