Developers – Drive by Daniel Pink – Book Review

I have been an avid reader of books. I read pretty much one or two books every week. I believe reading helps me a lot in my day job as well as well writing blog post. I am an evangelist and my primary responsibility is to spread the love for the technology. When I read more, I learn more and that effectively leads me to communicate better with my audience. Here is one of the recent book which I read and I loved it. This book is about what motivates us and what is the best job for us. I have read this book a second time and I think finally I have digested the meaning of this book. I love every bit of it and if you do not have it, you should get it.

I am going to give 10 Drive physical books to 10 people who register for my newsletter over here.

If you want to own the book, you can get it from Amazon |Flipkart.


Here are essential few quotes from the book.

The joy of the task was its own reward.

When money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity.

Rewards can deliver a short-term boost – just as a  jolt of caffeine can keep you cranking for a few more hours. But the effects wears off – and, worse, can reduce a person’s longer term motivation to continue the project.

Enjoyment-based intrinsic motivation, namely how creative a person feels when working on the project, is the strongest and most pervasive driver.

Intrinsic motivation is of great importance for all economic activities. It is inconceivable that people are motivated solely or even mainly by external incentives.

Intrinsic motivation is conductive to creativity; controlling extrinsic motivation is detrimental to creativity.

It is those who are least motivated to pursue extrinsic rewards who eventually receive them.

Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible. Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one’s sights and pushing toward the horizon.

Any extrinsic reward should be unexpected and offered only after the task is complete.

Type Intrisic behavior emerges when people have autonomy over the four T’s: their task, their time, their technique, and their team.

If you want to work with more type Intresic’s the strategy is to become one yourself. Automony, it turns out, can be contagious.

There is complexity, autonomy, and a relationship between effort and reward in doing creative work, and that’s worth more to most of us than money.

Carrots & sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose.

This new approach has three essential elements: (1) Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives; (2) Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters; and (3) Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

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

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SQL SERVER – Three Questions – Do You Know Your Servers? – Book Gift

It has been almost 2 years since we had a poll on this blog so here a poll which ask you three simple questions. Trust me these questions, I have carefully picked after doing a beta testing on a small group of people. It was very intriguing to see that not everyone knows the answer to these simple questions. When I asked the users to answer these questions and later on asked to find out the real number they were extremely surprised to see that their estimate and answer were way off to the reality. Let us do this exercise together.

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The winner will get a very inspiring book which I have been reading recently – Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates us by Daniel Pink (Amazon | Flipkart).

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)

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)

SQL SERVER – SQL Basics Video: What Are Filegroups – SQL in Sixty Seconds #064

This is the 9th 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).

There are many advantages to using filegroups to manage the database workload. A filegroup may contain many datafiles, and the properties of all the datafiles can be managed simultaneously with a filegroup. There are many advantages to using filegroups to manage the database workload. A filegroup may contain many datafiles, and the properties of all the datafiles can be managed simultaneously with a filegroup.

A primary filegroup contains the primary datafile (mdf) and possibly secondary datafiles (ndf). All system tables are allocated to the primary filegroup.

A secondary filegroup (also called a user-defined filegroup) contains secondary datafiles (ndf) and database objects.

The default filegroup contains objects which were created without an assigned filegroup. The primary filegroup is the default filegroup unless another filegroup is specified.

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: What Are Filegroups – Day 9 of 10

Available in Paperback (USA), Kindle (Worldwide) 

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

SQL SERVER – SQL Basics Video: Database Datafiles and Logfiles – SQL in Sixty Seconds #063

This is the 8th 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).

We know that SQL Server stores its data much like other applications, in files which are saved to a persistent drive. But a distinguishing feature of SQL Server is its robust ability to keep track of things. The security and safety of the data and reliability of the system are SQL Server’s top priorities. Therefore, you can imagine that logging activity, which tracks every transaction made in the database, is a pretty big deal. Examples where logging saves the day generally involve some type of database restore or recovery need. Once a database backs itself up, we are generally assured a reliable mechanism we can use to restore the system in case something unfavorable happens. Suppose we notice bad data has come into the system through one of the periodic feeds. In fact, this data is so problematic that the team decided we must restore the database back to the point a week ago. This gets us back to a time before the bad data began entering the system. The periodic database backup is built using information provided by the logfile. Logfiles keep track of the database transactions and help ensure data and system integrity, in case a system recovery is ever necessary.

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: Database Datafiles and Logfiles – Day 8 of 10

Available in Paperback (USA), Kindle (Worldwide) 

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

SQL SERVER – SQL Basics Video: Database Careers – SQL in Sixty Seconds #062

This is the 7th 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 live system is the one that interacts with our customers and must stay up during all business hours which is often 24-7 in today’s global business world. These databases should be designed to collect the data in transactions that are needed to do business. This is often called the Online Transaction Processing database (or OLTP database). This OLTP system must respond immediately to user requests through a proper interface (such as an ATM).  During peak business hours the OLTP system can slow down and cause customer delays. If we were to run a query for a business meeting during this peak time we could slow the live system even further. For this reason any testing or analysis is often done on a copy of the database. This way company work and research can get done without interfering with the customer’s usage of the same database.

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: Database Careers – Day 7 of 10

Available in Paperback (USA), Kindle (Worldwide) 

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