SQLAuthority News – Get My Two Books FREE at #SQLPASS

Every year when I visit SQLPASS, I do book signing where I give away my books for free. This year there are two opportunities when I am going to give away my books for free.

Though the books are in great numbers they always run away early. I strongly suggest that you arrive early and secure your copy. I will be extremely delighted to shake your hands and talk SQL.

Book Signing will be at the booth of Embarcadero and here are the timings for the same.

Book: SQL Wait Stats - Thursday, November  6th from 1 PM to 2PM.

Book Secret Tool Box of Successful Bloggers – Friday, November 7th from 11 AM to 12 PM.

Do not miss this opportunity.

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

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SQL Authority News – 8th Year Anniversary – Thank You!

Today is very special day in my life. Exactly 8 years ago today, I had started writing this blog.

When I started writing a blog post, I really had no idea what exactly I am starting and where exactly I was going to end. Today, after 8 years, I am still here and talking about SQL Server. Well, today I asked my two of my friends that what should I write on this milestone blog post where I complete my 8 years of blogging. They suggested I have learned in last 8 years and what I want to learn in next 1 year. Very good suggestion. Feel free to guess my friends in the comments area, let us see if you can name them correctly.

Things I have learned in last 8 years

Let me summarize my learning in 5 words – Be Humble and Keep Changing

I truly learned how to be humble in last 8 years. SQL Authority is not my own blog, but it is our blog. You all who are reading this blog right now, it is YOUR blog. There were moments when I was carried away in different directions or there were moments when I was at the same points for quite a while. Every single time I got inspirations from all of you to either get back on the track or move on from one subject. I can’t truly thank you enough. It is your encouragement who got me started writing on Big Data and MySQL. There were times when I had made mistakes and I have received emails correcting me – thank you to everyone who has helped making this blog a better place. I have learned a lot and I will keep on learning in the future.

Things I am planning to learn in next 1 year

This is difficult to answer at this point of time. However, I will say I want to learn more about Hybrid solutions. Everytime I go out in the real world, I often see Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and many other solutions used all together in a single application. Those applications are really so big that it justifies the needs of various database platforms as they each offer something new. I believe this is where I want to grow more. I want to know where and when each of the data platform is helpful. I will need your help and I will blog my experience on this blog.

Once again – thank you so much. Here are FREE downloads which I have prepared earlier in my career. Please feel free to download them and use them to your advantage.

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

SQL Authority News – Embarcadero DB PowerStudio Promotion & Savings

If you are regular readers of this blog, you may be aware of that I use many different tools in my daily routine. One of them is DB PowerStudio for Embarcadero. The team has recently announced special saving for up to  51% when you buy the DB PowerStudio bundle. With DB PowerStudio, you get a database administration and development tool suite that enables you to work seamlessly across database platforms. DBAs and Developers need easy-to-implement and easy-to-use tools that enable them to create and maintain mission-critical databases, expedite code development, streamline database change management processes, and quickly optimize performance bottlenecks.

Here are some details about DB PowerStudio’s Bundle. It contains four products.

DBArtisan DBArtisan

  • Database administration and management
  • Space, data, security and performance management and insight
  • Schema and data migrations

Rapid SQL

  • The Intelligent IDE for SQL development
  • Query building
  • Debugging SQL code, function and stored procedures

DB Optimizer

  • Automated SQL profiling, tuning, optimization
  • Proactive identification of performance issues and bottlenecks
  • Maintain database uptime and availability

DB Change Manager

  • Essential schema and data synchronization
  • Quickly roll-out database changes
  • Visibility and reporting on DB changes
  • Compliance with database audit and reporting requirements

You can click here to avail a 51 % discount.

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

SQL Authority News – FalafelCON 2014: 2 days with the Best Developers in the World

It is only two weeks away. On September 20-21, 2014 I will be in San Francisco presenting at an amazing conference of Falafel Conference 2014.  I love presenting at various forums on various technologies. I am extremely excited that I got invited to speak at Falafel Conference 2014 in San Francisco. I will present two technology sessions on SQL Server. If you are into web development or if you just want to attend a conference with the best of the industry speakers, this may be the right conference for you. What set apart this conference from other conference is technology presented as well as speakers. Usually one has to attend very expensive and high scale event when they have to hear good speakers. At this conference, you will find quite a many industry legends are available to present on the bleeding edge technology.

Click to Register Here!

The Unsung Hero
Abstract: Slow Running Queries are the most common problem that developers face while working with SQL Server. While it is easy to blame the SQL Server for unsatisfactory performance, however the issue often persists with the way queries have been written, and how Indexes has been set up. The session will focus on the ways of identifying problems that slow down SQL Server, and Indexing tricks to fix them. Developers will walk out with scripts and knowledge that can be applied to their servers, immediately post the session.

Secrets of SQL Server: Database Worst Practices
Abstract: 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. After attending this session, Developers will only need 60 seconds to improve performance of their database server in their SharePoint implementation. We will have a quiz during the session to keep the conversation alive. Developers will walk out with scripts and knowledge that can be applied to their servers, immediately post the session. Additionally, all attendees of the session will have access to learning material presented in the session.

Here are few of the reasons why I believe you should attend this conference:

  • Choose from four tracks covering Web, Mobile development and testing, Sitefinity, and Automated Testing, or attend sessions from all four!
  • Learn from the best developers and testers in the business in an intimate setting.
  • Surround yourself with your peers and the opportunity to network
  • Learn about the latest platforms and technologies, including Kendo UI, AngularJS, ASP.NET MVC, WebAPI, and more!

Here are the details for the sessions which I am going to present at Falafel Conference.

Register Now!

I have learned from the Falafel Team that they are running out of tickets and soon they will close the registration.  For next 10 days the price for the registration is only USD 199. Trust me, you can’t get such a world class training and networking opportunity at such a low price. Click to Register Here!

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

SQL SERVER – Learn SQL Server 2014 Online in a Day – My Latest Pluralsight Course

Click here watch SQL Server 2014 Administration New Features

SQL Server 2014 was released earlier this year and it has been extremely popular in Microsoft world. Here is the announcement for everyone, who have been asking me to build a tutorial around SQL Server 2014. I have authored latest Pluralsight courses on the subject of SQL Server 2014. This course is 4 hours and 17 minutes long, but the best part is that this course contains all the latest features of SQL Server 2014. I have build this course with the assumption that DBA is familiar with earlier versions of SQL Server and wants to explore and learn new features of SQL Server 2014.

The Challenge I Faced

The biggest challenge I faced was how to come up with the outline for the course. The reason is that there are so many different features introduced in SQL Server 2014 that is will be difficult to cover each of the features in a single course. I wanted to cover the topics which are the most relevant and useful to developers, but in addition I also wanted to cover the topics which may be useful to develop if they know that they exists in the product. I finally decided to depend on blog readers and few of the SQL Experts. I reached out to selected 20 people via email and gave them a list of the topics which I should be covering in this course. They all work in different organizations and have a good understanding about the need of the DBA and Developers.

Based on their feedback, I was able to come up with a very good outline which is currently very popular with Pluralsight library. Lots of people have asked me how was I able to come up with a course content outline so accurately. The credit for the same goes to the developers and DBA, who have voted in the topics and have helped me to build a very solid outline for the course.

Outline of the Course

Here is a quick outline for the course:

  • Introduction
  • Backup Enhancements
  • Security Enhancements
  • Columnstore Enhancements
  • Online Data Operations Enhancements
  • Enhancements with Microsoft Azure
  • SSD Buffer Pool Extensions
  • Resource Governor IO
  • Miscellaneous Features
    • Online Index Rebuilding
    • Live Plans for Long Running Queries
    • Transaction Durability
    • Cardinality Estimation
    • In Memory OLTP Optimization

Well, I had a great fun working on the topics which I have mentioned in the outline. I am very confident that once you start with the course, you will indeed understand how each of the topics builds and presented. I have made sure that each of the topic has a vivid and clear story to begin with. I first explain the story and right after that I explain the concept.

Who Should Attend This Course

Everyone who has basic knowledge of SQL Server and wants to update themselves with SQL Server 2014. They should attend this course. One thing I have made sure that this course is easy to understand and I have decided complex subject into multiple parts. This way the learning is progressive and anyone with a poor knowledge of the subject can have enough time to understand the presented concept.

Screenshot of the Course

Here are few of the screenshot of the courses.

How to Watch Video Course

This course is available at Pluralsight, and you will need a valid login to Pluralsight. If you do not have Pluralsight login, you can quickly sign up for the FREE Trial.

Click here watch SQL Server 2014 Administration New Features

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

SQL Authority News – FalafelCON 2014: 2 days with the Best Developers in the World

I love presenting at various forums on various technologies. I am extremely excited that I got invited to speak at Falafel Conference 2014 in San Francisco. I will present two technology sessions on SQL Server. If you are into web development or if you just want to attend a conference with the best of the industry speakers, this may be the right conference for you. What set apart this conference from other conference is technology presented as well as speakers. Usually one has to attend very expensive and high scale event when they have to hear good speakers. At this conference, you will find quite a many industry legends are available to present on the bleeding edge technology.

Here are few of the reasons why I believe you should attend this conference:

  • Choose from four tracks covering Web, Mobile development and testing, Sitefinity, and Automated Testing, or attend sessions from all four!
  • Learn from the best developers and testers in the business in an intimate setting.
  • Surround yourself with your peers and the opportunity to network
  • Learn about the latest platforms and technologies including Kendo UI, AngularJS, ASP.NET MVC, WebAPI, and more!

Here are the details for the sessions which I am going to present at Falafel Conference.

Secrets of SQL Server: Database Worst Practices
Abstract: 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. After attending this session, Developers will only need 60 seconds to improve performance of their database server in their SharePoint implementation. We will have a quiz during the session to keep the conversation alive. Developers will walk out with scripts and knowledge that can be applied to their servers, immediately post the session. Additionally, all attendees of the session will have access to learning material presented in the session.

The Unsung Hero
Abstract: Slow Running Queries are the most common problem that developers face while working with SQL Server. While it is easy to blame the SQL Server for unsatisfactory performance, however the issue often persists with the way queries have been written, and how Indexes has been set up. The session will focus on the ways of identifying problems that slow down SQL Server, and Indexing tricks to fix them. Developers will walk out with scripts and knowledge that can be applied to their servers, immediately post the session.

Register Now!

I have learned from the Falafel Team that they are running out of tickets and soon they will close the registration.  For next 10 days the price for the registration is only USD 149. Trust me, you can’t get such a world class training and networking opportunity at such a low price. Click to Register Here!

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

SQL Authority News – Play by Play with Pinal Dave – A Birthday Gift

Today is my birthday.

Personal Note

When I was young, I was always looking forward to my birthday as on this day, I used to get gifts from everybody.

Now when I am getting old on each of my birthday, I have almost same feeling but the direction is different. Now on each of my birthday, I feel like giving gifts to everybody. I have received lots of support, love and respect from everybody; and now I must return it back.Well, on this birthday, I have very unique gifts for everybody – my latest course on SQL Server.

How I Tune Performance

I often get questions where I am asked how do I work on a normal day. I am often asked that how do I work when I have performance tuning project is assigned to me. Lots of people have expressed their desire that they want me to explain and demonstrate my own method of solving performance problem when I am facing real world problem. It is a pretty difficult task as in the real world, nothing goes as planned and usually planned demonstrations have no place there.

The real world, demands real solutions and in a timely fashion. If a consultant goes to industry and does not demonstrate his/her capabilities in very first few minutes, it does not matter how much fame he/she is, the door is shown to them eventually. It is true and in my early career, I have faced it quite commonly. I have learned the trick to be honest from the start and request absolutely transparent communication from the organization where I am to consult.

Play by Play

Play by Play is a very unique setup. It is not planned and it is a step by step course. It is like a reality show – a very real encounter to the problem and real problem solving approach. I had a great time doing this course. Geoffrey Grosenbach (VP of Pluralsight) sits down with me to see what a SQL Server Admin does in the real world. This Play-by-Play focuses on SQL Server performance tuning and I go over optimizing queries and fine-tuning the server.

The table of content of this course is very simple.

Introduction

In the introduction I explained my basic strategies when I am approached by a customer for performance tuning.

Basic Information Gathering

In this module I explain how I do gather various information for performance tuning project. It is very crucial to demonstrate to customers for consultant his capability of solving problem. I attempt to resolve a small problem which gives a big positive impact on performance, consultant have to gather proper information from the start. I demonstrate in this module, how one can collect all the important performance tuning metrics.

Removing Performance Bottleneck

In this module, I build upon the previous module’s statistics collected. I analysis various performance tuning measures and immediately start implementing various tweaks on the performance, which will start improving the performance of my server. This is a very effective method and it gives immediate return of efforts.

Index Optimization

Indexes are considered as a silver bullet for performance tuning. However, it is not true always there are plenty of examples where indexes even performs worst after implemented. The key is to understand a few of the basic properties of the index and implement the right things at the right time. In this module, I describe in detail how to do index optimizations and what are right and wrong with Index. If you are a DBA or developer, and if your application is running slow – this is must attend module for you. I have some really interesting stories to tell as well.

Optimize Query with Rewrite

Every problem has more than one solution, in this module we will see another very famous, but hard to master skills for performance tuning – Query Rewrite. There are few do’s and don’ts for any query rewrites. I take a very simple example and demonstrate how query rewrite can improve the performance of the query at many folds. I also share some real world funny stories in this module.

This course is hosted at Pluralsight. You will need a valid login for Pluralsight to watch  Play by Play: Pinal Dave course. You can also sign up for FREE Trial of Pluralsight to watch this course.

As today is my birthday – I will give 10 people (randomly) who will express their desire to learn this course, a free code. Please leave your comment and I will send you free code to watch this course for free.

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