SQL – Everything about Data Magazine – FREE to Subscribe

Print media is gradually fading out as we are moving to the new exciting world of digital gadgets. I have seen quite a lot of friends who used to tell me that they will never buy kindle or ebook reader as they do not like reading electronically. However, the same set of people I have seen now a days sporting kindle or flipping electronics magazine in their smart phones.

I have been blogging for almost 7 years and I have been enjoying every bit of the blogging. I have written so far 10 books and I am quite happy with the amount of the writing I have done in the recent times. One of the very popular request, I often encounter why not build a magazine from all the writing I have been doing. I have been avoiding this idea for a quite a long time as I wanted to focus on blogging and quality writing. I also believed that users want to read quality fun articles from every good resource and not only from me. I really wanted to make sure that I get the best articles out there in the world and include in my magazine as well. Now due to copyright issues, it is not possible at all. This was the major issue, why I stayed away from magazines.

I wanted following qualities in my magazine:

  • FREE
  • Responsive web design
  • Easy to read on any device (Mobile, Web, eReader, older browsers)
  • Flexibility to change cover page and content any time
  • Support for any kind of web element (video, blog, articles, images, sound or anything you can think of)
  • Easy to include a antibodies article without violating their copy-writes
  • Social media enabled

Finally, I have found the solution and I am incredibly proud to present you the SQL Authority magazine.

The link to the magazine is http://mag.SQLAuthority.com (please bookmark it). You can also download the clipboard app and read this on your mobile devices. I am eagerly waiting for your experience with the magazine. Please leave a comment with your suggestions and feedback.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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SQLAuthority News – Presenting 3 Session at SQL Server Live, Orlando, Florida

Performance tuning is my favorite subject and I totally enjoy presenting on this subject. I will be presenting 3 sessions at SQL Server Live at Orlando, Florida which are related to SQL Server Performance Tuning. Here is the abstract of the session.

SQT10 “What Did I Do?” T-SQL Worst Practices

11/19/2013 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Level: Introductory to Intermediate

“Oh My God! What did I do?” Chances are you have heard, or even uttered, this expression. This demo-oriented session will have many examples where developers were dumbfounded by their own mistakes. The goal of this session is to learn which small details can be dangerous to the production environment and SQL Server as a whole. We will talk about common bad habits and how to avoid them. There is good chance you will remember your early days during the session. Learning some of these tricks may save your current job.

SQW12 Ancient Problems and Modern Solutions – Troubleshooting CPU

11/20/2013 1:45pm – 3:00pm
Level: Introductory to Intermediate

This is the session for you to attend. Many believe Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting is an art which has been lost in time. The truth is that art has evolved with time and there are more tools and techniques to overcome ancient troublesome scenarios. In this session we will focus on High CPU scenarios detection and their resolutions. At the end of the session you will have clear ideas and action items regarding what to do when facing any of the above resource intensive scenarios.

SQW04 Database Performance Tricks Every SharePoint Admin Must Know

11/20/2013 9:15am – 10:30am
Level: Introductory to Intermediate

This session is for all the SharePoint Professionals who want their server to perform at blazing fast speed but want to invest very little time to make it happen. We will go over various database tricks which require absolutely no time to master and practically no SQL coding at all. After attending this session, Developers will only need 60 seconds to improve performance of their database server in their SharePoint implementation.

Looking forward to see you soon!

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL SERVER – SQLPASS 2013, Charlotte Memories – Book and Book Signing – Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about my SQLPASS 2013, Charlotte Memories Friends. This is second and last part of the same series. As you know I have so far written 10 different books on SQL Server and I am very much proud of that fact. Every time at SQLPASS, our books are available on display and lots of users get hold of those books. For last few years we are also doing book signing where we give away hundreds of the books to attendees for free. We had done similar experiment this year as well. We gave away hundreds of the books during this event.

Here are few of the photographs of the event.

Various books on display

Book signing event

Long line for book signing at SQLPASS 2013

Long line for book signing at SQLPASS 2013

Rick Morelan, Tim Radney, Pinal Dave and Greg Lynch

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – 7th Anniversary of Blog – A Personal Note

Special Day

Today is a very special day – seven years ago I blogged for the very first time.  Seven years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing, I didn’t know how to blog, or even what a blog was or what to write.  I was working as a DBA, and I was trying to solve a problem – at my job, there were a few issues I had to fix again and again and again.  There were days when I was rewriting the same solution over and over, and there were times when I would get very frustrated because I could not write the same elegant solution that I had written before.  I came up with a solution to this problem – posting these solutions online, where I could access them whenever I needed them.  At that point, I had no idea what a blog was, or even how the internet worked, I had no idea that a blog would be visible to others.  Can you believe it?

Google it on Yahoo!

After a few posts on this “blog,” there was a surprise for me – an e-mail saying that someone had left me a comment.  I was surprised, because I didn’t even know you could comment on a blog!  I logged on and read my comment.  It said: “I like your script,but there is a small bug.  If you could fix it, it will run on multiple other versions of SQL Server.”  I was like, “wow, someone figured out how to find my blog, and they figured out how to fix my script!”  I found the bug, I fixed the script, and a wrote a thank you note to the guy.  My first question for him was: how did you figure it out – not the script, but how to find my blog?  He said he found it from Yahoo Search (this was in the time before Google, believe it or not).

From that day, my life changed.  I wrote a few more posts, I got a few more comments, and I started to watch my traffic.  People were reading, commenting, and giving feedback.  At the end of the day, people enjoyed what I was writing.  This was a fantastic feeling!  I never thought I would be writing for others.  Even today, I don’t feel like I am writing for others, but that I am simply posting what I am learning every day.  From that very first day, I decided that I would not change my intent or my blog’s purpose.

72 Million Views – 2600 Posts – 57000 comments – 10 books – 9 courses

Today, this blog is my habit, my addiction, my baby.  Every day I try to learn something new, and that lesson gets posted on the blog.  Lately there have been days where I am traveling for a full 24 hours, but even on those days I try to learn something new, and later when I have free time, I will still post it to the blog.  Because of this habit, this blog has over 72 millions views, I have written more than 2600 posts, and there are 57,000 comments and counting.  I have also written 10 books, 9 courses, and learned so many things.  This blog has given me back so much more than I ever put it into it.  It gave me an education, a reason to learn something new every day, and a way to connect to people.  I like to think of it as a learning chain, a relay where we all pass knowledge from one to another.

Never Ending Journey

When I started the blog, I thought I would write for a few days and stop, but now after seven years I haven’t stopped and I have no intention of stopping!  However, change happens, and for this blog it will start today.  This blog started as a single resource for SQL Server, but now it has grown beyond, to Sharepoint, Personal Development, Developer Training, MySQL, Big Data, and lots of other things.  Truly speaking, this blog is more than just SQL Server, and that was always my intention.  I named it “SQL Authority,” not “SQL Server Authority”!  Loudly and clearly, I would like to announce that I am going to go back to my roots and start writing more about SQL, more about big data, and more about the other technology like relational databases, MySQL, Oracle, and others.  My goal is not to become a comprehensive resource for every technology, my goal is to learn something new every day – and now it can be so much more than just SQL Server.  I will learn it, and post it here for you.

I have written a very long post on this anniversary, but here is the summary: Thank You.  You all have been wonderful.  Seven years is a long journey, and it makes me emotional.  I have been “with” this blog before I met my wife, before we had our daughter.  This blog is like a fourth member of the family.  Keep reading, keep commenting, keep supporting.  Thank you all.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Presented Technical Session at DevReach 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria – Oct 1, 2013

Earlier this month, I had a fantastic time presenting at DevReach 2013, in Sofia, Bulgaria on Oct 1, 2013. DevReach strives to be the premier developer conference in Central and Eastern Europe. It is organized annually in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 8th edition of the conference is moving to a new and bigger venue: Sofia Event Center.

In my career, I have presented over 9 different countries (India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand), this was the first time for me to present in Europe. DevReach was perfect places to start my journey in Europe as an evangelist. The event was one of the most organized event I have ever come across in my life. The DevRech organization team had perfected every minute detail of the event to perfection. After the event was over I had the opportunity to see Sofia for one day.

I presented with one of my most favorite Database Worst Practices Session.

Pinal presenting at DevReach 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria

DevReach 2013

DevReach 2013

DevReach 2013

Pinal presenting at DevReach 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal presenting at DevReach 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal Dave and Stephen Forte at Pluralsight Booth at DevReach 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal on City Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal on City Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal on City Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal on City Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria

Pinal on City Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria

Session Title: Secrets of SQL Server: Database Worst Practices

Abstract: “Oh my God! What did I do?” Chances are you have heard, or even uttered, this expression. This demo-oriented session will show many examples where database professionals were dumbfounded by their own mistakes, and could even bring back memories of your own early DBA days. The goal of this session is to expose the small details that can be dangerous to the production environment and SQL Server as a whole, as well as talk about worst practices and how to avoid them. Shedding light on some of these perils and the tricks to avoid them may even save your current job.

Thanks to Team Telerik for making this one of the best event in my life.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL SERVER – Download SQL Server Developer Edition 2012 for USD 60

SQL Server professionals often send me email asking about where can they download the full version of SQL Server for their own development. Microsoft only provides evalution version of its enterprise software (full version). The evaluation version is bound by time and it expires when the time trial is over. This does not work out well when developers want to install the SQL Server into their local machine and try out various features of SQL Server. Additionally, many organizations when they are developing an application do not purchase a full version of the SQL Server. They often prefer to install a free version of the SQL Server and utilize that.

Microsoft does have Express Edition for free but there are many limitations to the product. Additionally, the Express Edition does not have all the features which any enterprise would love to have. Unfortunately Microsoft does not have a full version of SQL Server for developers. However, one can for sure purchase SQL Server Developer Edition for USD 59.95 from Microsoft store. It includes all the functionality of the Enterprise edition, but is licensed for use as a development and test system, not as a production server. SQL Server Developer is an ideal choice for people who build and test applications.

Remember you can’t use this version in your production server but it is a great product to test out various new SQL Server Features.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQL SERVER – SQL Basics Video: SQL 2012 Certification Path – SQL in Sixty Seconds #065

This is the 10th post out of my 10 post series of my videos on my 10th book – SQL Basics. Today will show the importance of data and information.

You can get that in Paperback (USA) and Kindle (Worldwide).

The new breakdown of the Microsoft SQL 2012 certification model offers new incentives and rewards. The entry level certification in the 2012 model starts with one of three certification tests.

In training hundreds of people over that last decade to get their Microsoft certification, to my surprise the biggest benefit you get is something else. The most common benefit my students tell me about is that they get invited to far more job openings after getting certified than they did before. When the stack or resumes gets sorted down, they need a proven reason to keep yours on the short list.

SQL in Sixty Seconds Video

We have attempted to explain the same subject in simple words over in following video.

Action Item

Get the book for yourself and your friend. This is just a reference everyone must have it.

Read the related blog post: SQL Basics: SQL 2012 Certification Path – Day 10 of 10

Available in Paperback (USA), Kindle (Worldwide) 

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)