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No Training Budget Still No Excuse

Posted by sqlwiseguy on August 12, 2009

When I first started by career in IT and SQL Server about 10 years ago I lived in a small town in northern New Hampshire.  I used my location as an excuse not to attend user groups and other events, unless the boss was willing to foot the bill.  Now I realize my mistake, I’m in charge of my professional development, and now, location is no excuse.  Here’s a list of just some of the FREE training available online:

  • JumpstartTV – short (3-5 minute), specific how-to videos for SQL Server and .NET.
  • Channel 9 – MSDN’s video training library. This has videos on just about everything microsoft. Over 200 on SQL Server 2008 alone.
  • PASS – the Official Professional Association of SQL Server web site. PASS offers Virtual Chapters (user groups that meet online monthly).  Be sure to check out the upcoming 24 hours of PASS
  • Quest Software – Quest offers free webcasts on several technologies including SQL Server and some on Quest products but many general ones. Check out Quest Connect
  • SQLServerPedia – has video podcasts as well as blogs, wiki, and articles.
  • SQLServerCentral – forums, articles, scripts, blogs, and videos. What more can you ask for?

I’m sure there are other resources as well.

Now on to the FREE events. 

  • The biggest one for SQL Server, well, at least in my opinion, is the SQLSaturday franchise.  There have been about 20 over the last 2 years from Florida to Oregon.  I should make a disclaimer that I have spoken at 2, attended another, and the franchise is owned by my friend, Andy Warren and his partners.  Actually the first SQLSaturday event was when I met Andy, actually the day before at the Day with Celko event done in conjunction with the SQLSaturday.  It’s a full day of free SQL Server training with some national speakers along with the best local speakers.
  • Code Camps – these one day events for .NET are what SQLSaturday is based on, so if you need .NET training here’s a way to get it.
  • PASS – offers a SQLSaturday like event support with it’s Community Connections
  • User Groups – just BING or GOOGLE for [your technology and location] User Group.  I’m sure you’ll find something in your area.  PASS has a list of official chapters for SQL Server.  I know of Sharepoint, Java, .NET, and Agile user groups.  I’m sure there are others.

As you can see there are plenty of training options that will only cost you time and maybe travel expenses and that’s really an investment in you. 

Posted in Community, JumpstartTV, PASS, Professional Development, SQL Server, SQLSaturday, SqlServerCentral, Training, User Group | 4 Comments »

JumpstartTV Featured Content

Posted by sqlwiseguy on May 8, 2009

My video, Creating a Performance Counter Log, is the featured video on JumpstartTV today.  This is a short one covering how to create a counter log using Perfmon.  This is a pre-requisite for another video I have done, Integrating Performance Monitors with SQL Server Profiler

A side note, I really enjoyed making the videos and I think the short (less then 5 minute) how-to videos are a great way to get some practical knowledge.

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JumpstartTV Featured Content

Posted by sqlwiseguy on April 21, 2009

My video, Using fn_trace_gettable to Import Trace Results, is the featured content on JumpstartTV today.  Check it out.  JumpstartTV is a site that features short (< 5 min) how to videos focused on SQL Server.

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Update on my 2009 Goals

Posted by sqlwiseguy on April 2, 2009

Since we are 1/4 through the year I thought I should give an update on my goals.  Overall I think I am doing okay, but I need to work toward them with more purpose.

  1. Learn SQL Server 2008, particularly policy-based management, resource governor, and service broker.
      Not a whole lot of progress here.  I do have it installed on my laptop, but I have not done much with it, nor have I bought any books.  I really need to get started.
  2. Write 1 Article per quarter for SQLServerCentral.
      Well, I did get an article submitted in the first quarter which will be posted early in the second quarter so I am on target, especially since I have the information for at least 2 more articles already, so I “just” need to write them.
  3. Record and submit 1 video per quarter for JumpstartTV
      Again I did get one done in the first quarter so I am on target.  I also have some ideas for others so it is all about getting them scripted and recorded.
  4. One Blog post per week
      Another one I am meeting with 19 posts in the first quarter.  I have to admit to this being a struggle for me.  I really want the posts to have good content and not just be announcements and recaps of meetings I have been to.  There is nothing wrong with those posts, but I’d like to be sharing something others can learn from more often.  I think that as I write more, it will get easier and better, not just to write, but also to find topics.
  5. Become more involved in leadership in my local user group (OPASS).
      I’m trying to do make the time to do this, but I need to be more purposeful about it.  I am trying to help out by pursuing speakers from within my network.  Of course, a bigger network would make it easier.  Time is limited and whatever I do try to do I want to do well.  Also I have become more involved in PASS as my friend Andy Warren (the OPASS president) is on the board of directors, so I’m trying to help out there as well.
  6. Speak at 2 community events.
      I have a submitted a session to SQLSaturday – Pensacola and will be submitting at least one session for the PASS Summit, so I am making some effort.  I do need to contact some of the other User Groups within driving distance (Tampa, Jacksonville) so I can get more experience.  Odds are I will put together another presentation for OPASS this year and at the next SQLSaturday – Orlando.
  7. Attend the PASS Summit
      I am working on this one.  I have spoken to my boss about possibly getting some funds for it, but, regardless, I plan on going.  As I already mentioned I will also be submitting at least one session.  This is probably the easiest one to do as all it takes is a little money and some vacation time.

Posted in Community, Goals, JumpstartTV, OPASS, PASS, Professional Development, Speaking, SQL Server, SQLSaturday, SqlServerCentral, User Group, Volunteering | Leave a Comment »

Replaying a Profiler Trace Featured on JumpstartTV

Posted by sqlwiseguy on April 2, 2009

The video, Replaying a Profiler Trace, that I did is being featured on JumpstartTV today.

JumpstartTV is a web site dedicated to professional development by providing specific 2-5 minute how to videos currently focused on SQL Server and .NET.

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Featured Content on JumpstartTV

Posted by sqlwiseguy on February 12, 2009

JumpstartTV featured another of the Profiler Videos I did for them today.

Explaining The Properties Window in SQL Server Profiler

This video goes through the setting the basic properties for a Profiler trace.

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Featured Content on JumptartTV

Posted by sqlwiseguy on January 27, 2009

My video on Adding and Removing Events in SQL Server Profiler is the featured video on JumstartTV today. This is one of several videos on JumpstartTV that take you through how to use Profiler.

Profiler is a great tool for troubleshooting SQL Server and every SQL Server professional should have a basic understanding of how to use it.

JumpstartTV is a site dedicated to provide short, task-specific videos currently focusing on Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted in JumpstartTV, Online Presence, Professional Development, SQL Server | 1 Comment »

Featured Video on JumpstartTV

Posted by sqlwiseguy on October 15, 2008

Cool, one of my videos was the featured video on JumpstartTV today. Here’s the link to the video:

Always cool when you see your name out there.

JumpstartTV is putting out a ton of material right now particularly for SQL Server and, not just because I am on there, I would recommend checking it out for some quick How To videos. Most of the videos are under 5 minutes so it’s not a huge time sink to try some out. Be sure to rank and comment on any videos you watch and if you want to send any comments to me I’ll be sure to pass them along to the owners\developers.

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JumpstartTV Videos Published

Posted by sqlwiseguy on October 13, 2008

A couple of months ago I spent a day with the guys at JumpstartTV creating some videos on using SQL Server 2005 Profiler. Those videos have now been published. Here’s a link to the first one:
Creating New Trace With Sql Server 2005 Profiler. Please comment and let me know what you think.

JumpstartTV, in this incarnation, is being filled with 1-5 minute “How to” videos on a variety of topics with a current focus on technology, specifically SQL Server and .NET. I think the nicest feature is the ability to suggest video topics. So if you don’t know how to use configuration files in SSIS and there is not a video there already, you can ask for that topicand it will be available to authors, like myself, can “take ownership” and create the video.

The question that still needs to be answered is, “Is this format better than a step by step article with screen shots?”. I happen to think the it will be better for some people as everyone learns differently. I definitely like the short format. I certainly hope that it takes off as I consider the guys behind it friends and want to see them succeed. Also, in a more selfish manner, I wan tmy videos to do well so they’ll ask me for more.

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