TIL – My SQL Server Holiday Training Challenge

While I am between jobs, I have three weeks off! Whoo woo, when was the last time you had that much time off? Some of it will be consumed by Christmas & New Year’s holiday related shennanigans, but there’s still tons of time to fill. In addition to video games and house projects, I also thought about what I can do that’s SQL Server related. Conveniently, PASS released the Summit 2014 Session Recordings last night! And that gave me an idea.

Starting today, I am challenging myself watch a Summit session, then try to write a short TIL (Today I Learned) blog about it – even if it’s just a few short notes and thoughts. I know that I realistically cannot watch one EVERY single day, so I am challenging myself to reach a goal of watching 15 sessions. I have 23 calendar days to accomplish this.

And if you missed the announcement, PASS has made the Summit Session Recordings available for purchase, regardless of whether you attended Summit or not (though costs differ if you did/didn’t). Check it out here! And if you ask me, $495 is a BARGAIN for all of the content you get access to!

Time to get my SQL Learning On!

  1. TIL #1 – Dynamic SQL w. Jeremiah Peschka
  2. TIL #2 – T-SQL Refactoring w. Mike Donnelly
  3. TIL #3 – SQL Server in Azure VMs w. Buck Woody
  4. TIL #4 – Five Execution Plan Patterns to Watch For w. Erin Stellato
  5. TIL #5 – Are Your Indexes Helping or Hurting? w. Jes Borland
  6. TIL #6 – Achieving Peak Performance from your Virtual SQL Servers w. David Klee

T-SQL Tuesday #61: Giving Back


Welcome back for another edition of T-SQL Tuesday!

This month, Wayne Sheffield (b|t) is our host! His chosen topic is Giving Back. More specifically, he asked each of us to think & blog about what we plan to do in 2015.

Chicago Suburban User Group

Coincidentally, Lowry Kozlowski & I toured our new meeting location at DeVry last night. Then over dinner, we started making various plans for the first half of 2015. We brainstormed about new ideas and how to better serve our User Group audience.

SQL Saturday Chicago

Volunteering at SQL Saturday Chicago a few years ago, wound up being a pivotal decision, which lead to many other awesome opportunities within the SQL Server Community. I am happy to count myself amongst the Organizing & Planning staff, and looking forward to a fantastic event in 2015!


I’ve had a phenomenal time speaking at SQL Saturdays and User Groups in 2014, and have no intention of slowing down. My first presentation, Every Byte Counts, has far more interest than I ever could have imagined! I’m looking forward to presenting it to others throughout 2015. In fact, I’ll be starting 2015 with Nashville’s SQL Saturday in January! I have ideas for my next two presentations that I intend to develop & debut in 2015.

That’s a brief outline of my plans to give back to the SQL Server community in 2015. Thank you to everyone in the community, who have given something to me. I encourage all of you to give back in some way. You don’t have to do anything extravagant. Consider volunteering at a SQL Saturday or User Group… or hang out on Twitter & chime in on #sqlhelp questions that you can answer! We all benefit and grow by being a part of this community!

New Opportunities

It’s not quite the end of 2014, but I must say that it’s been a year full of new opportunities. In March, I began Presenting. In the summer, I rebooted the Chicago Suburban SQL Server User Group. And now, I’ll be embarking on a new opportunity.

I am thrilled to share that I’ll be Rise Health/Best Doctors as a Senior Database Developer, starting in January. I’m really excited to face new challenges & help them leverage SQL Server to its fullest. And I’m really excited to work with new colleagues, and to introduce them to the SQL Server community and our knowledge-sharing resources.

I noticed in the past few weeks that I’ve seen a number of “new job” announcements from other #SQLFamily. As excited as I am for myself, I am excited for all of us and our industry in general. It is a good time to be a data professional and I strongly believe that our SQL Server community has helped all of us take our game to the next level.

Here’s to a great 2015!