Competition from SQLSkills.com. As a way to say "thank you" to the SQLServer community for all their support over the years, they are running a competition to win free training at their classes in Chicago this October. The winner will get to go to the class they choose for free.
Why learn from SQLSkills?
I first started learning about SQL Server in 2002. I needed an elective course to get my MCSE certification. I thought SQL Server might be useful, but I didn’t really know what it was. After studying for several months I got my MCDBA certification. Getting that certification got me a job working as a DBA. I have never stopped learning about SQL server since then. I’ve read books, watched as many videos as possible, read whitepapers and more to learn as much as I can. So it amazes me that I still find things that I have never heard of before in SQL Server. This is why I would like to take IEPTO1(Performance Tuning and Optimization 1). I know I will learn more and get a better understand of SQL if I go to this class. Also, out of all the places I have learned from, SQLSkills training is by far the best. It is the best training that I have found anywhere.
How would I use what I learn?
I work at a quickly growing company that has hundreds of programmers developing for SQL Server. There are not many DBAs per programmer; we can’t look at everything they are doing. Additionally, I think they have every SQL Server version and feature running on a server somewhere. What I learn in this class I will be able to use immediately in my job every day because it is mainly focused on performance issues. Being able to explain what is going wrong and what needs to be changed will help me do my job efficiently. Learning about performance and the internals of SQL server will give me the skills to do a better job.
My favorite performance tuning Challenge.
My favorite performance tuning challenge is taking a query that is so slow it’s not usable and fixing it so that it runs nearly instantly. Going from hours of processing to seconds is very rewarding. It’s like solving a puzzle, and the more I know, the easier it will be to make it happen. I like getting the “wow” or “thank you” from users.