Time for T-SQL Tuesday #70!

TSQL2sDay150x150Here is your invitation for T-SQL Tuesday #70, and the topic is:

Strategies for managing an enterprise

We define “enterprise” in a number of ways, but I tend to default to two definitions: “the things I’m in charge of” and “anything I don’t want to do manually”.  In other words, you don’t need a large shop to have yourself an enterprise. Of course, feel free to modify the definition to what works for you.

So. How do you manage an enterprise? Grand strategies? Tips and tricks? Techno hacks? Do tell.

About T-SQL Tuesday

Over five years ago, Adam Machanic (Twitter) dreamed up the idea of T-SQL Tuesday:

Each month a blog will host the party, and about a week before the second Tuesday of the month a theme will be posted. Any blogger that wishes to participate is invited to write a post on the chosen topic. The event is called “T-SQL Tuesday”, but any post that is related to both SQL Server and the theme is fair game. So feel free to post about SSIS, SSRS, Java integration, or whatever other technologies you’re working with in conjunction with SQL Server. Even if your post includes no T-SQL we still want to see it.

How to Play

  1. Window of opportunity: Your post must go live between 00:00:00 GMT on Tuesday the 8th of September and 00:00:00 GMT on Wednesday the 9th.
  2. Show some love: Your blog post has to link back to the hosting blog, and the link must be anchored from the logo which must also appear at the top of the post.
  3. Check your work: If trackbacks won’t work properly then please leave a comment below so that your post is accounted for in the roundup.

Bonus points!

Bonus points are like brownie points – there’s no way to redeem them, but you feel good about it anyway. Earn some by using these brilliant suggestions:

  1. Advertise! Include a reference to T-SQL Tuesday in the title of your post.
  2. Tweet! Use the hash tag #TSQL2sDay to follow links and other relevant conversations.
  3. Host! Consider hosting T-SQL Tuesday yourself. If you’re interested let Adam Machanic Know. If you’ve participated in two T-SQL Tuesdays previously and you keep up your blog (blog monthly for the last six months) then he’ll put you in the rotation.

When all is said and done, I’ll post a roundup here at the MidnightDBA Star-Times. Thanks for playing!


I am not a “wogrammer”

wogrammer1So apparently the COO of Facebook is trying to make the word “wogrammer” – a woman programmer – a thing.  (Thanks to Vicky Harp for pointing out this infuriating thing.)

I cannot stress how fundamentally opposed I am to this, new, stupidest of ideas. Why? Let’s delve into a little bit of common wordage. Here are some of the things I have done in my life, and yet I am not:

  • A shef
  • A database administrateher
  • A drivher
  • A runnher
  • A computer useuer
  • A she-mathemetician
  • A carpentress
  • An authress, a technical wo-riter

Why am I none of these things? Because I don’t, in point of fact, need to use my womanly parts to take part in any of these professions and hobbies. I refer you here to a related graphic, on a related topic:boygirltoys

Equality? Yes. Equal pay? Absolutely. Silly that we’ve only had the right to vote for 95 years? Oh, yeah.

Do I want a special term that separates and isolates and from the huge male majority in my profession? No, no, no. I am a DBA. I am a programmer. Women in the profession do the same job as men, the same way.  Don’t tell me to identify me as something different; I’ve spent all this time trying get people to see me as a part of the team.

Assigned reading: FREEPROCCACHE

I don’t often find myself blogging for the sole purpose of showing you someone else’s blog, but today is one of those days.

I’d like you to read Grant Fritchey’s excellent piece, “Targeted Plan Cache Removal“, for this reason: the more people have learned about parameter sniffing, the more popular DBCC FREEPROCCACHE() becomes. Grant’s post explains how not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Happy days,
Jen McCown

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